Judge Ross's Background

Appointment: Kevin Ross joined the Minnesota Court of Appeals in February 2006 by appointment of Governor Tim Pawlenty. The governor announced, "Kevin Ross's extraordinary character and experience will make him an excellent judge on our Court of Appeals. His wide understanding of issues from constitutional law to labor arbitration to employment law will serve our state well."

Distinguished Legal Background: Judge Ross’s appointment to the bench ended his partnership at the Minneapolis law firm of Greene Espel. His law practice had focused in the areas of constitutional law, employment consultation and litigation, and general litigation. He was named a “Rising Star” then a “Super Lawyer” in the fields of governmental and employment law, based on statewide surveys of lawyers conducted by The Minnesota Journal of Law & Politics. Ross had joined the firm in 1997 after serving a judicial clerkship in the United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, for the Honorable Donald P. Lay in St. Paul. This followed Ross’s judicial clerkship in the United States District Court, District of Minnesota, for the Honorable Paul A. Magnuson, Chief Judge. Before studying law, Ross served as a police officer five years in Iowa City.

Academic Achievements: Judge Ross received both his Juris Doctorate, with high distinction and other honors, and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Iowa. His law school commendations are varied: Juris Doctor, with High Distinction; Dean’s Achievement Award; Donald P. Lay Faculty Recognition Award; Law Foundation Merit Scholarship; Hancher-Finkbine Medallion Nominee of the College of Law; University of Iowa Learning, Loyalty and Leadership Award; Iowa College of Law Best Litigator Award; American Bar Association Regional Trial Finalist; Invitational Van Oosterhout Moot Court Quarter Finalist; American Jurisprudence Awards.

Personal and Community: Judge Kevin Ross is a member of various bench and bar associations and he serves on professional and community boards. Among his current commitments, he is the judicial representative on the Minnesota Forensic Laboratory Advisory Board, appointed by Chief Justice Russell Anderson, and he serves on the board of the Minnesota YMCA Youth in Government program.  Judge Ross is a member of Christ Church International in Minneapolis. He was a founding member of PASIJ (Park Avenue Seeking International Justice), served on the board of directors of Christ Church, and has organized and participated in various projects with Habitat for Humanity. He served on the Federal Local Rules Committee and its successor, the Federal Practice Committee, for eight years. Early this year he completed the last of several terms as president of Park Avenue United Methodist Men.

Judge Ross enjoys chess, dabbles in pottery and poetry, and can be seen periodically cycling Minnesota’s many scenic trails or camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. 

Media, Academic, and Bar organizations wrote about Judge Ross's unique background, personality, and perspective upon his appointment to the court.  We offer links to two of those articles published in the Iowa Advocate (Advocate Article) and the Hennepin Lawyer (HCBA Article).

Shortly after his appointment to the bench, the 2006 graduating Iowa law class asked Judge Ross to deliver the commencement address at their graduation.  This photograph is used with permission by Jolesch Photography.