Co-Lead Judge in Washington County's Veteran's Court Program.
Co-Lead Judge in Washington County's Family Law Early Neutral Evaluation Initiative.
President, Washington County Law Library, Board of Trustees.
Past President, 19th District Bar Association.
Former Chair & Investigator, 19th District Bar Association Ethics Committee.
Past President, Washington County Bar Association
Helped establish the Sherburne County Bar Association.
Member, Minnesota State Bar Association.
Founder and Past President, Washington County City Prosecutor's Association.
Lecturer/Presenter at Continuing Legal Education Programs & Local High Schools.
Member, Washington County Agricultural Society.
Volunteer, Friends of China, (International Teaching Outreach Program) (2011-)
Member, State Canvassing Board (January 2006).
Member, 10th Judicial District Personnel & Human Resources Committee. (2001-2012)
Member, Washington County Calendar Review Committee.
Member, Washington County Architectural Space Committee.
Supervising Attorney, Washington County Fine Collections Unit (1994-2000).
Former Member & Chair, Washington County Sentence to Service Advisory Board.
Stillwater Chair, Boy Scouts-Friends of Scouting campaign (1996).
Member, Salem Lutheran Church & School in Stillwater. (Past President - 7 Terms; Past Chair of Spiritual Growth Committee - 3 Terms, Past Chair of Long Range Planning Committee, also a member of the usher & vestry teams.)
Member Board of Delegates, St. Croix Lutheran High School in West St. Paul, Minnesota (2003-2011).
Former Volunteer Mechanic, Christians in Action, Lake Elmo, Minnesota.
Volunteer Basketball Coach, St. Croix Lutheran High School, 9th Grade, 2007-2014, Varsity Assistant, 2010-2015.
Volunteer Coach/Advisor, Stillwater Area High School Mock Trial Team, 2013-2015.
Volunteer Coach, Stillwater Boy's Traveling Basketball Program, 2003-2008.
Volunteer Coach, Salem Lutheran Church & School, Boy's Basketball Program, 2004-2007.
Volunteer Coach, Lower St. Croix Valley & Lake Elmo, Traveling Baseball Programs (2004-2008).
Volunteer Football Coach, St. Croix Lutheran High School, Freshmen & JV Head Coach, Assistant Varsity Coach, 2008.
Volunteer Videographer, St. Croix Lutheran High School, Varsity Football Team, 2007 & 2009 - 2014.
I write a monthly column that appears in a number of newspapers and other publications. Topics attempt to describe and discuss how the court works in clear and understandable language (no "Legal-ese"). Many topics are those requested by readers who can forward their requests through the editors of the papers. Below is a list of newspapers that I know have run some of my columns.
- The Askov American
-The Citizen, (Hugo)
-The Country Messenger (Scandia, May & Marine on St. Croix)
-The East Central Minnesota Post Review (North Branch, Harris, Rush City, Stacy, and area)
-The East Side Review
- The Forest Lake Times.
-The Hudson Patch (Hudson, Wisconsin)
- Isanti-Chisago County Star.
-Journal of Court Reporter's Weekly. (National Court Reporter's Journal)
-Marco Island News (Marco Island, Florida)
-Minnesota Association of Court Administrators
-Naples Daily News (Naples, Florida)
-The Oakdale Patch
-The Oakdale-Lake Elmo Review
-The Pine City Pioneer
-The Quad Community Press
-The Roseville-Little Canada Review
-The Sherburne County Citizen.
-The Shoreview Press
-The Stenotype Institute.
- The Stillwater Gazette.
-The Stillwater Patch
-The Vadnais Heights Press
-The White Bear Press
-The Woodbury Bulletin
-The Woodbury Patch
-The Wright County Journal Press
-South Washington County Bulletin
-Forward In Christ (National Magazine)
Podcasts of my Columns are now Available for Broadcast on:
KRWC AM 1360 in Buffalo, Minnesota
KDWA AM 1460 in Hastings, Minnesota
WEVR AM 1550 & 106.3 FM in River Falls, Hudson & Stillwater
Call your local program director for information on the times of the broadcasts.
Law Library Board of Trustees
In 2011 I was elected to serve as President of the Washington County Law Library Board of Trustees. The board oversees the budget and operations of Washington County's official law library - located at the Stillwater courthouse - which serves over 4,000 people per year. I have served on the board since 2007. Below is a picture of the board members following our July 2011 meeting. Members of the board (from left to right) are: Attorney Tom Weidner, Washington County Library Director Pat Conley, Attorney Steve Povolny, Judge Elizabeth Martin, myself, Attorney Jennifer Nodes, and the Law Librarian in 2011, Brian Huffman.
Stillwater All-Stars Basketball.
Here I am participating in a basketball game against the Harlem Ambassadors in 2009. The event was sponsored by the Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club and was held at the Stillwater Area High School. I was on the Stillwater All-Stars team. (Apparently, one's star doesn't have to shine too brightly to make the squad.) Here I am going in for a layup. Although I can't prove it, I may in fact be several inches off of the floor!
Once in a while judges are called upon to perform honorary types of duties. These include swearing people in to office. I've had the honor of administering the oath of office to elected officials and law enforcement personnel. Two examples are shown below.
I was honored to be able to administer the oath of office to Minnesota State Senator Karin Housley in January 2013. Looking on with pride is her husband, former NHL great Phil Housley.
Here I am in 2007 swearing in the late Dick Stafford for his final term as a Washington County Commissioner.