April 2016

New Magistrate Judge for District of Minnesota: Katherine M. Menendez

Katherine M. Menendez was sworn in as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Minnesota on April 28, 2016. She fills the vacancy left by U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey J. Keyes, who retired on April 27.
Judge Menendez received her undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Chicago and her law degree with honors from New York University School of Law.
She began her legal career as a law clerk for the late Circuit Judge Samuel J. Ervin, III, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
In 1997 she joined the Minnesota Office of the Federal Defender as a Soros Justice Fellow and soon after became an Assistant Federal Defender. She has served as the office’s Chief of Training since 2006.
She made headlines last year after successfully arguing at the U.S. Supreme Court that the residual clause of the Armed Career Criminal Act violated due process.
In addition to her work with the Office of the Federal Defender, Menendez has served on the Criminal Subcommittee of the Eighth Circuit Jury Instruction Committee, and has been a member of the Federal Bar Association and the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor at St. Thomas and Hamline Law Schools.
Welcome, Judge Menendez!