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Alumna appointed Ramsey County District Court judge

Joy BartscherGov. Mark Dayton recently appointed Joy Bartscher ’82 as a Minnesota Second District Court judge for Ramsey County. She will replace the Honorable Dale Lindman who retired earlier this year.

“I feel honored by the appointment. I believe that Governor Dayton is committed to social justice and diversity and I have extensive experience in representing refugees and communities of color in the Twin Cities,” she says.

Bartscher is an associate attorney at Rogosheske, Sieben & Atkins, P.L.C. where she handles criminal defense, personal injury, family and other general practice matters. She also conducts numerous pro-bono services and has received recognition for this work, including selection as one of the "100 William Mitchell Alumni Who Made a Difference," and an award for "Direct Legal Service" from Minnesota Justice Foundation.

Previously, Bartscher was Executive Director of the Neighborhood Justice Center, Inc., where she provided legal services for low-income and underserved communities. She is fluent in Spanish and has been an interpreter with the U.S. Department of Justice.

She joins four other Katies serving on the Ramsey County bench, including Paulette Kane Flynn ’70, Kathleen Gearin ’67, Lezlie Ott Marek ’80 and Margaret Marrinan ’69.

Bartscher’s family has a long history at the University. Her mother Patricia Bartscher ’54, was an associate professor of nursing who passed away in 1994, and her aunt Sunny Bach Wicka ’55 was a 2011 Alumnae Award recipient.

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Oct. 15, 2012 by Sharon Rolenc

See also: Alumnae/i, Leadership, Social Justice