Governor appoints new judge in Elk River

Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed Sheridan Hawley as district court judge in Minnesota’s 10th Judicial District.  Hawley will replace the Honorable Karla F. Hancock, who retired in January. She will be chambered in Elk River.

Sheridan Hawley has been appointed a judge by Gov. Mark Dayton.

Dayton said Hawley stood out from an excellent group of candidates.

Hawley currently maintains a solo law practice where she represents clients in child protection and family law matters in district and appellate courts. She also conducts alternative dispute resolutions in juvenile, civil and family cases.

Prior to this, Hawley was an attorney with Walling, Berg & Debele, and has provided contract services to the 10th District Public Defender’s Office. She coordinated the Early Neutral Evaluation Program in Anoka County within the first year of its inception and managed a program that aims to resolve criminal cases more efficiently.

Hawley earned a bachelor’s degree from North Central University in Minneapolis in 1988 and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, in 1992.

Additionally, Hawley is a member of the Lawyer’s Professional Responsibility Board and is secretary of the Board of Mediation Services for Anoka County. She is actively involved with Eagle Brook Church’s junior high program and has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. Hawley resides in Hugo with her family.