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Margaret H. Chutich, Associate Justice 2016-2024

Justice Margaret H. Chutich

Portrait of Justice Chutich



Margaret H. Chutich has served as an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court since 2016







Associate Justice Margaret H. Chutich was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court by Governor Mark Dayton on January 22, 2016. Elected in 2018. Current term expires Jan. 2025.

Justice Chutich previously served on the Minnesota Court of Appeals.  She was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Governor Mark Dayton to the Minnesota Court of Appeals on December 27, 2011. Elected in 2014. 



J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan Law School, 1984

B.A., University of Minnesota, 1980

University of Zagreb (studied Croatian language), 1980-1981


Past Employment:

Assistant Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Deputy Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General, Minnesota Attorney General’s Office

Assistant United States Attorney, District of Minnesota, Criminal Division

Attorney, Opperman Heins & Paquin

Attorney, Tanick & Heins

Law Clerk, Hon. Diana E. Murphy, United States District Court, District of Minnesota


Professional Memberships:

Member, Hennepin County and Minnesota State Bar Associations

Member, Minnesota Women Lawyers

  • Member of Advisory Council
  • Member of MWL Strategic Planning Task Force, 2014 – 2015

Member, Lavender Bar Association

Former Director, Advocates for Human Rights, 1990-1994

  • Member of Women’s Human Rights Program Advisory Council

Member, International Women’s Forum

At Large Member, Judicial Selection Commission, 2011

Member, Federal Advisory Committee, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2002 – 2006

Member, Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group, United States District Court, District of Minnesota, 1991 – 1994

Member, Federal Court Practice Committee, United States District Court, District of Minnesota, 1990 – 1993

Member, United States District Court, District of Minnesota History Committee, 1995 – 2008

  • Past President, 1988 – 1992

Barrister, Douglas K. Amdahl American Inn of Court, 1992-1998

Member, Violence Prevention Task Force, 1994


Professional and Community Activities:

Director, YWCA of Minneapolis, 2008 – 2014

Member, Twin Cities Dunkers, 2013 – present

Member, University of Minnesota “M” Club

  • Former Director, 2002 – 2007
  • Co-chair, National “M” Club 2003 Hall of Fame Banquet
  • Liaison to women’s tennis team, 2005 – 2007

Moot Court Competition Judge, University of Minnesota Law School, Hamline University School of Law

Mentor, University of St. Thomas Law School

Lifetime Member, University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Committee, 2003 – present

Member, Advisory Council for Women’s Athletics, University of Minnesota, 1990 – 1996

Volunteer, “Everybody Wins!” Reading program