Judge for U.S.
Court of Appeals
for the Eighth
Circuit: David R.
|David R. Stras was born
in 1974 in Wichita,
Kansas. He received
degree in 1995 and his masterís degree in business
administration in 1999 from the University of Kansas.
He received his law degree with honors in 1999 from
the University of Kansas School of Law.
|He began his legal career as a law clerk for Circuit
Judge Melvin T. Brunetti at the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the Ninth Circuit, and then clerked for Circuit
Judge J. Michael Luttig at the U.S. Court of Appeals for
the Fourth Circuit.|
|From 2001 to 2002 he was an associate at the firm
of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood in Washington, D.C.,
where he focused on white collar crime and appellate
|He then returned to the federal judiciary to serve as a
law clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas at the Supreme
Court of the United States.
|From 2004 to 2010 he was an associate professor
of law at the University of Minnesota Law School,
where he taught constitutional law, criminal law,
and jurisdiction. He also served as co-director of the
Institute for Law and Politics. During this time he also
served as counsel for the Appellate Advocacy Group at
Faegre & Bensen in Minneapolis.
|In 2010 he was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme
Court, and in 2012 he was elected to a six-year term.
In addition to his service on the bench, Judge Stras
has served as liaison to the Advisory Committees on
the Rules of General Practice, Juvenile Protection
Procedure, Adoption Procedure, and Civil Appellate
Procedure. He has also served as liaison to the State
Law Library, Alternative Dispute Resolution Ethics
Board, and the Guardian Ad Litem Board. Most
recently he served as liaison to the Office of Lawyers
Professional Responsibility, the Client Security Board,
and the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board.
Welcome, Judge Stras!