Criminal Law

The specialty field of Criminal Law is the practice of law dealing with the prosecution of crimes in state and federal trial courts. The Standards and Requirements for Certification can be found here

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Saturday, October 12, 2024
9 AM to 12 PM

September 20, 2024

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Standards for Certification

Online Examination with ExamSoft.


The exam consists of multiple choice and short answer questions.

$50 MSBA Member/$65 Non-MSBA member.

Criminal Law Board

Chair: Kevin W. DeVore
Judge Kevin S. Burke
Judge Joseph T. Carter
Samuel J. Edmunds
John L. Fossum
Joseph S. Friedberg
Ryan P. Garry
William J. Mauzy
Andrew H. Mohring
Katherian D. Roe

Criminal Law News

Three MSBA Certified Criminal Law Specialists were recently appointed to the Bench.  

Judge Charles D. Halvorson was appointed to the Ninth Judicial District by Governor Mark Dayton on December 24, 2018.  Judge Halvorson is chambered in the Cass County Courthouse in Walker, MN.

Judge Reynaldo A. Aligada, Jr. was appointed to the Second Judicial District by Governor Tim Walz on September 23, 2019.  Judge Aligada is chambered in the Ramsey County Courthouse in St. Paul, MN.

Judge Jade M. Rosenfeldt was appointed to the Seventh Judicial District by Governor Tim Walz on November 1, 2019.  Judge Rosenfeldt is chambered in the Clay County Courthouse in Moorhead, MN.