May/June 2006 issue

New Judge for District of Minnesota: Patrick J. Schiltz


On April 26, 2006, Patrick J. Schiltz was confirmed as a U.S. District Judge for the District of Minnesota. He fills the vacancy left by Judge Richard Kyle who took senior status in 2005. He took his oath of office in a private ceremony on May 30. His investiture ceremony will take place on September 22.

Judge Schiltz was born and grew up in Duluth, Minnesota. He received his bachelorís degree from College of St. Scholastica in 1981. In 1985 he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he also served as editor of the Harvard Law Review. After that he served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

In 1987 he went to work for the firm of Faegre & Benson, where he dealt with antitrust actions and clergy misconduct cases. In 1995 he left private practice to teach law at Notre Dame Law School, where he was named professor of the year in 1999. During his time on the faculty he became well known for his work in ethics and appellate procedure.

He also helped found the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where he served as Associate Dean from 2000 to 2003 and as a law professor from 2003 to 2006.

His chambers will be temporarily located at 180 East Fifth Street in St. Paul until the renovation of the Warren E. Burger building is complete. Welcome, Judge Schiltz!