Jessica J.W. Maher (’99) Appointed Judge in Minnesota’s 1st District
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has appointed Jessica J.W. Maher (’99) to serve as a district judge in the state’s 1st Judicial District, which encompasses Carver, Dakota, Goodhue, Le Sueur, McLeod, Scott, and Sibley counties. In making the appointment, Dayton praised Maher for her “exceptional commitment to public service” and said that “Minnesotans will be well served by her sound judgment and legal expertise.”
Maher is a shareholder at Minneapolis-based Berg, Debele, DeSmidt & Rabuse. Previously, she clerked for Judge Gary Crippen, Minnesota Court of Appeals, and in the Office of the General Counsel at the University of Minnesota. Before attending the Law School, Maher earned her B.S. from Minnesota State University Mankato. She serves on the Minnesota Supreme Court Juvenile Protection Procedure Committee, is vice chair of the Hennepin County Bar Association Juvenile Section, is an American Academy of Adoption Attorneys fellow, and is a founding member of the local chapter of a charitable group.