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Christine Long ('91) Appointed to Third District Bench

MAY 14, 2010—Christine A. Long ('91) has been appointed to a judgeship in Minnesota's Third Judicial District trial court, Rice County. In his appointment announcement yesterday, Gov. Tim Pawlenty ('86) said, "Christine brings a wealth of experience in civil as well as criminal law. In addition to her legal skills and reputation for professionalism, she is an active member of the community."

Long has been Assistant Steele County Attorney in Owatonna, Minn., since 1991 and also practiced at Ruth, Schreiner and Long from 1991-99. She is a member and past president of the Steele County Bar Association and a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association. She is also a member of the Juvenile Law Committee of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association and of the Minnesota Gambling Control Board. She chairs the Steele County Safe and Drug Free Community Coalition Public Policy Committee and is a member of the Steele County Child Protection Team.

She has participated in many community organizations, including the Owatonna Business and Professional Women, Leadership Owatonna, Crossroads of Owatonna youth shelter Advisory Board, Steele County Food Shelf Board of Directors, Steele County Medical Reserve Corps Advisory Committee, and more, and has helped coach the Owatonna High School Mock Trial team and served as a regional mock trial judge. She is a frequent speaker on child protection issues.

In 1989-90, Long interned for a year at the Professional Education Group, helping produced CLE materials, and in 1990-91, she clerked at the Hennepin County Attorney's office. She was active on the Law Council Grievance Committee and Women's Law School Association at the Law School and received her J.D. in 1991.

Long was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and completed her B.A., cum laude, in 1988 at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She fills the Third District trial court bench vacancy created by the Jan. 8, 2010, retirement of Judge William A. Johnson.

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Christine Long