Judge Ed Cleary named to Court of Appeals

Judge Ed Cleary, the assistant chief judge in Ramsey County, has been named to the state Court of Appeals by Gov. Mark Dayton.

He replaces Judge Harriet Lansing, who retired from the Appeals Court this year.

Said the governor’s office:

Cleary was appointed by Governor Jesse Ventura in 2002. He practiced law for 20 years concentrating on civil and criminal defense litigation and was also an Assistant Public Defender for Ramsey County. In 1997, the Minnesota Supreme Court appointed Judge Cleary to serve as Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility. He received a B.A., magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota in 1974; and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1977. Judge Cleary has been an adjunct professor at the Law School since 2000.

Additionally, Judge Cleary served as a past president of the Ramsey County Bar Association and as a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Board of Governors and Assembly. He was a commissioner for the Saint Paul Charter Commission and a council member for the Minnesota News Council. He has served on the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission since 2006. Judge Cleary is also the author of “Beyond the Burning Cross: A Landmark Case of Race, Censorship, and the First Amendment,” an award winning book that describes his role in the case of R.A.V. v. St. Paul, decided by the United States Supreme Court in 1992.

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