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Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks was born on November 4, 1949 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She attended The University of Colorado Boulder, where she earned a B.A. in Sociology with a teaching certificate in 1971. She received an M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Colorado in 1976. As part of her master's degree, she completed a year-long practicum in the counseling center at the University of California-Davis.
Judge Halbrooks graduated cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law in 1985. She entered private practice working for the Minneapolis firm Rider, Bennett, Egan, and Arundel, where she specialized in personal injury, railroad, products liability, and employment litigation. Judge Halbrooks was made a partner at the firm in 1992, and worked there until she was appointed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals by Governor Arne Carlson on November 2, 1998.
Judge Halbrooks was reelected to her seat on the bench in 2000, 2006, and 2012. She retired from the Court of Appeals on November 12, 2019, after 21 years of service. Judge Halbrooks has been active in a variety of other roles in addition to her judicial career. She has served as an adjunct law professor at Hamline University school of Law from 2002-2004 and at William Mitchell College of Law (Now Mitchell Hamline School of Law) since 1998. She has chaired the Civil Litigation Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association and she served on the Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards from 2009-2017. She also chaired the Minnesota Supreme Court Civil Appellate Rules Committee, is a member of the International Society of Barristers, served as President of the Minnesota chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and was President of the Warren E. Burger Inn of Court, to name but a few of numerous positions she has held. Judge Halbrooks is married and has two children.
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