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Burke has assembled a long list of achievements, accolades and publications.

Kevin Burke marks 30 years on the Hennepin Bench

               July 26 marked the 30th anniversary of Judge Kevin Burke’s service to the Hennepin County District Court. He was appointed in 1984 after having served as a public defender and in private practice. He helped created the Hennepin County Drug Court and Mental Health Court. He spent 12 years as chief judge and five years as assistant chief judge. He has worked hard to promote procedural fairness in the courts. In 2003 he was selected as the William H. Rehnquist Award recipient by the National Center for State Courts. The Rehnquist Award is presented annually to a state judge who exemplifies the highest level of judicial excellence, integrity, fairness and professional ethics. In 2005 the Minnesota Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates named him trial judge of the year. The list of accolades and publications goes on.  Burke wrote to Minnesota Lawyer, “On July 26, 1984 I was sworn in as a judge in Hennepin County. Thirty years later and having served with 146 different colleagues I have decided to come to work [today]. This is a very good job and I have no intention of quitting. I was very lucky to get this job.”

 

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