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Karen Duncan (’88) Named to Third Judicial District Bench

JANUARY 22, 2013—Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed Karen R. Duncan (’88) to Minnesota's Third Judicial District Court, replacing retiring Judge Casey J. Christian. Her chambers will be in the Steele County Court House, Owatonna.

Duncan has been chief public defender for the Third District since 2008, supervising staff and volunteers who serve the district's 11 counties. She joined the Third District as an assistant public defender in 2000, and also was a private practitioner in Owatonna from 2000-01.

After graduating from the Law School, Duncan was a Rice County judicial law clerk (1988-89), then an assistant county attorney for Rice County in Faribault (1989-93), Olmsted County in Rochester (1993-94), and Benton County in Vinton, Iowa (1994-99). From 1999-2000, she was an associate attorney with Charnetski, Olson, Lacina and Garland in Grinnell, Iowa.

During her time in Iowa, Duncan served on the Governor's Committee drafting the state's Domestic Abuse Prosecution Protocol. In 2010, she was named an Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer.

A native Minnesotan, Duncan did undergraduate work at Carlton College and completed her B.A. at the University of Minnesota. She is a member of Owatonna Business Women, the Steele County Safe and Drug Free Community Coalition, and the Steele County Transitional Housing Board.

Minnesota's Third Judicial District consists of Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, and Winona counties in southeastern Minnesota.


Karen Duncan

Karen Duncan (’88)