January 2018

New Circuit Judge for U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit: David R. Stras

David R. Stras was born in 1974 in Wichita, Kansas. He received his undergraduate 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 litigation.
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!