September/October 2014

Retirement: Judge Jeanne Graham

Judge Jeanne J. Graham, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Minnesota, retired on October 31, 2014. She was appointed on September 12, 2005, succeeding Judge Jona­than G. Lebedoff.

Judge Graham was born in 1958 and grew up in the Cleveland, Ohio area. At age 13 her family moved to Wayzata, Minnesota. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota in 1980 with a major in chemistry and a minor in religion. She began in the medical profession but was drawn to law. She enrolled in law school at William Mitch­ell College of Law and graduated cum laude in 1985. She began her legal career as a law clerk to U.S. Magistrate Judge Janice Symchych, and in 1986 went to work as a special assistant attorney general in the Minnesota Attorney General’s office. In 1989 she became Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota, and in 1995 she was named chief of their Violent/General Crimes unit. In 2000 she was appointed to serve as a judge in the Fourth Judi­cial District of the Hennepin County District Court, where she worked until her appointment to the federal bench.

Congratulations, Judge Graham.