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He replaces Judge Rodenberg and will be chambered in New Ulm.

Docherty appointed to Fifth District Bench


Mankato attorney Robert Docherty has been appointed to the bench in the Fifth Judicial District, Gov. Mark Dayton announced today. 




Docherty will replace Judge John R. Rodenberg who was appointed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals earlier this year. This seat will be chambered in New Ulm at Brown County.


Docherty is currently the Managing Attorney in the Mankato office of the Fifth Judicial District Public Defender’s Office. Within this role, he serves as the liaison to the courts in three counties, supervises office personnel and maintains an active caseload. He has served as an Assistant Public Defender for the Fifth Judicial District and also practiced with the Somsen, Schade and Franta law firm in New Ulm. He previously worked as a staff attorney for the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

 Docherty received a B.A. in English from Creighton University in Omaha in 1983, and a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul in 1987.


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