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Renee L. Worke, Judge, 2005-

Renee L. Worke

Renee L. Worke Portrait


Judge Worke has served on the Minnesota Court of Appeals since her appointment on April 6, 2005 by Governor Tim Pawlenty.








Appointed June 9, 2005, to the Minnesota Court of Appeals; elected 2006, re-elected 2012 and 2018. Current term expires Jan. 2025. 

Appointed Nov. 8, 1996, to the Third Judicial District, Waseca; elected 1998; re-elected 2004.

Appellate Court Service:
  • Specialty Court Development – Veterans Treatment Court
  • Legislative Advisory Workgroup
  • Strategic Planning Workgroup
  • Security Committee
  • Children's Justice Initiative, Appellate Lead Judge
  • District Court Service:
  • Conference of Chief Judges, elected vice chair
  • Third Judicial District Chief Judge, two terms
  • Third Judicial District Assistant Chief Judge
  • Transformation Workgroup (responsible for recommending a leadership, management structure for the unified Judicial Branch)
  • Special Legislative Redistricting Panel, 2001-2002
  • Children’s Justice Initiative, Lead Judge
  • Child Protection Rules Committee
  • Minnesota State University, Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
  • Ann Bancroft Foundation, Women Leader Award
  • Woman of Achievement, Owatonna Business & Professional Women’s Organization
  • Recipient of the Rosalie E. Wahl Judicial Award of Excellence, Minnesota State Bar Association
Employment Background:
  • Partner; Rietz, Rietz, Rietz & Worke; Owatonna, MN
  • Assistant Public Defender, Third Judicial District
  • Administrative Law Judge, Child Support Division, Office of Administrative Hearings
  • Law Clerk for District Court Judge Urban J. Steimann, Faribault, MN
  • Humphrey Institute Policy Fellow, University of Minnesota
  • Institute for Faculty Excellence in Judicial Education, University of Memphis
  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • Minnesota State University Mankato, Magna Cum Laude 
Professional and Community Activities:
  • William Mitchell College of Law, Adjunct Professor
  • Hamline University School of Law, Adjunct Professor
  • St. Thomas University School of Law, Mentor
  • National Association of Women Judges, District 10 Director
  • Minnesota District Judges Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Donald D. Eustice Law Enforcement Scholarship Board
  • University of Minnesota Extension Steering Committee
  • Steele County Agricultural Society
  • Mock Trial Judge