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Kathleen Sanberg (’82) Appointed to U.S. Bankruptcy Court

AUGUST 21, 2012—On August 24, 2012, Kathleen Sanberg (’82) will be sworn in as the new full-time member of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota. She was appointed to the 14-year term by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, replacing Judge Robert J. Kressel who retired after serving as a bankruptcy judge since 1982.

Sanberg had been a judge in the Minnesota Tax Court since she was appointed by Gov. Jesse Ventura in 2001. Previously she practiced in the areas of financial institutions, loan workout, and bankruptcy as an associate (1990-95) and then a partner (1995-2001) with Faegre Baker Daniels. From 1986-89 she practiced insurance defense and coverage at the Law Offices of Patrick Whalen/Wood, Ward and Garnett in Santa Ana, Calif. She began her legal career in business and tort litigation with Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly (1982-85).

At the Law School, she worked on the Minnesota Law Review and completed her J.D., cum laude, in 1982. She received her B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1979.

Among her many professional and volunteer activities, Sanberg is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) Council and Assembly, representing the Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA); a founding member of the AMICUS Society, the MSBA's new organization committed to supporting the justice system; and a member of the Minnesota Women Lawyers Advisory Board. She has served on the HCBA Board of Directors and has been an officer in the MSBA Bankruptcy Section and co-edited its Bankruptcy Bulletin.


Judge Kathleen Sanberg

Judge Kathleen Sanberg (’82)