Judge Michael Kirk (’75) Appointed to Minn. Court of Appeals
JUNE 28, 2012—Seventh Judicial District Court Judge Michael L. Kirk (’75) has been appointed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals to fill a vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of Judge Roger M. Klaphake (’66). In his June 27, 2012, announcement, Gov. Mark Dayton said that Kirk's "passion for justice and his years of experience will make him an excellent appellate judge in the Seventh Congressional District."
Kirk was appointed to Minnesota's Seventh District Court by Gov. Rudy Perpich in 1989, and during his 23 years on the bench he has served as assistant chief judge (2000-05) and chief judge (2005-09). Previously, he was the Otter Tail County Attorney (1978-89) and worked in private practice at Williams, Nelson & Nitz in Fergus Falls, Minn. (1975-78).
He serves on a domestic violence specialty court in Moorhead, Minn., and is a member of the Clay County Bar Association, the Minnesota Judicial Council, and the Minnesota Supreme Court Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure.
Over his career, Kirk has been director of the Minnesota County Attorney's Association, president of the Otter Tail County Bar Association, and a member of the Minnesota Supreme Court’s committees on the Rules of Evidence, the Rules of Criminal Procedure, and the Rules of Child Protection Procedure. He has taught at the Bemidji (Minn.) Trial School, an initiative sponsored by the Minnesota Attorney General's Office, County Attorneys' Association, and State Board of Public Defense; and has taught business law at Minnesota State University, Moorhead, Minn.