On February 24, 2022 Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan announced the appointment of Keala Ede as a District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District. This seats will be chambered in Minneapolis in Hennepin County. MAIBA would like to congratulate Keala on his appointment!
Mr. Ede will be replacing the Honorable Martha A. Holton Dimick.
“I am also proud to appoint Mr. Ede to the Fourth Judicial District,” said Governor Walz. “As an Assistant Federal Defender, he works every day to ensure that the people of Minnesota receive adequate representation when they come before the court. The compassion and empathy that he has gained through his legal career will make him a great judge.”
“Mr. Ede—Minnesota’s first Native Hawaiian judge—has committed his career to working for people,” said Lieutenant Governor Flanagan. “His commitment to ensuring that our justice system treats everyone fairly and equitably will serve him well as a judge.”
Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District encompasses Hennepin County.
About Keala Ede
Mr. Ede is an Assistant Federal Defender in the Office of the Federal Defender in Minneapolis. He represents clients charged with a wide variety of federal criminal offenses. Mr. Ede previously served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office where he prosecuted both criminal Medicaid fraud and civil consumer fraud. He was also a Judicial Law Clerk for Ret. Justice Steven H. Levinson of the Hawai’i Supreme Court. His community involvement includes volunteering for the Federal Practice Committee, the Federal Court “Open Doors” project, and the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association Scholarship Committee. He also is a community youth sports coach. Mr. Ede earned his B.A. from Occidental College and J.D. from the University of California, Berkley School of Law.