Criminal Law

Apply or Renew Your Certification

The specialty field of Criminal Law is the practice of law dealing with the prosecution of crimes in state and federal trial courts.

Next Exam Date:

Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

The deadline to submit Initial Applications for Criminal Law Certification is Friday, January 17, 2020. 


CLE/Certification Exam Review Session Opportunity 

On Tuesday, January 14 from 4:00-6:00 pm, the Criminal Law Certification Board will be hosting a CLE/Review Session titled Federal and State Criminal Law Principles.  This CLE is a great review for any attorney planning to take the Certification Exam.  It is also a nice review/refresher for any criminal law attorney.  The course will be led by Andrew Birrell, MSBA Certified Criminal Law Specialist and Chair of the Criminal Law Certification Board.  Two CLE credits have been applied for and both in-person and remote participation is available.  Please join us to learn more about certification and to earn 2.0 CLE credits for the great price of just $15 for MSBA members.  To register for this event click HERE.   

Criminal Law Board

Andrew S Birrell-Chair
Joseph S Friedberg
Judge Kevin S Burke
Judge Joseph T Carter
Katherian D Roe
Deborah K Ellis
Jon M Hopeman
William J Mauzy
Daniel M Scott
Kevin W DeVore

Criminal Law News

Three MSBA Certified Criminal Law Specialists were recently appointed to the Bench.  

Judge Charles D. Halvorson was appointed to the Ninth Judicial District by Governor Mark Dayton on December 24, 2018.  Judge Halvorson is chambered in the Cass County Courthouse in Walker, MN.

Judge Reynaldo A. Aligada, Jr. was appointed to the Second Judicial District by Governor Tim Walz on September 23, 2019.  Judge Aligada is chambered in the Ramsey County Courthouse in St. Paul, MN.

Judge Jade M. Rosenfeldt was appointed to the Seventh Judicial District by Governor Tim Walz on November 1, 2019.  Judge Rosenfeldt is chambered in the Clay County Courthouse in Moorhead, MN.