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Jeanne M. Cochran, Judge, 2018-

Jeanne M. Cochran

Jeanne M. Cochran Portrait


Judge Jeanne M. Cochran was appointed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals by Governor Mark Dayton on November 7, 2018.







Appointed Nov. 7, 2018, by Governor Mark Dayton. Current term expires Jan. 2021.


  • Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, Dartmouth College

Past Employment:

  • Administrative Law Judge, Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings (2012-2018)
  • Assistant Attorney General, Minnesota Attorney General’s Office (2000-2012)
  • Legislative Analyst/Attorney, Minnesota House of Representatives, House Research Department (1998-2000)
  • Leonard, Street, and Deinard, Associate Attorney (1994-1998)
  • Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, Associate Attorney (1992-1994)

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Minnesota State Bar Association member; Public Utilities Section, past Chair and Executive Council member
  • YMCA Camp Widjiwagan Board of Directors, past member
  • Everybody Wins Minnesota, Reading Volunteer (2014-2016)
  • Moot court judge


  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Administrative Law Externship Course (2015-2018)