Minnesota State Law Library
Doris Ohlsen Huspeni was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on February 19, 1929. She married her husband, Joseph Huspeni, in 1949. They had five children and were married for 64 years until Joseph passed away in 2014. Judge Huspeni graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1964 with a bachelor's degree in sociology and received her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law) in 1970.
After law school, Judge Huspeni worked for the Public Defender's Office as an appellate criminal defense attorney. In 1973, she took a job as an associate law professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. Starting in 1974, she served as a referee on the Hennepin County Family Court bench for six years. She then served for two years on the Hennepin County Municipal Court bench and two years on the Hennepin County District Court bench before she was appointed to a seat on the Minnesota Court of Appeals on April 1, 1984.
Judge Huspeni served on the Court of Appeals for 14 years before retiring in 1998 upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70. She then served another 15 years as a Senior Judge for the Court of Appeals.
You may read more about the life and work of Judge Huspeni in the interview linked below, which is the source of this brief biography.