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Valparaiso University Law School Graduate Appointed as District Court Judge

Valparaiso University Law School graduate Walter M. Kaminsky (’83) was recently appointed as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial Circuit. Kaminsky was selected by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton to take the place of the Honorable Robert B. Varco, who passed away earlier this year. Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District consists of Anoka, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Pine, Sherburne, Washington, and Wright Counties.

Dayton said about Kaminsky’s appointment, “Walter Kaminsky’s extensive legal experience and his commitment to public service have prepared him well to take on this important position. Throughout his career, Mr. Kaminsky has helped enhance professional and ethical standards in the legal community. I am confident he will demonstrate those same high standards in his own work on behalf of the Tenth Judicial District.”

Kaminsky is currently an attorney with Lindell and Lavoie, L.L.P., where he practices criminal defense and personal injury litigation. Prior to joining Lindell and Lavoie, Kaminsky served as Sherburne County Attorney and was a partner and criminal defense attorney with Terpstra, Black, Brandell, Kaminsky & Hoffman. Kaminsky also spends time serving on a variety of legal committees and boards, and resides with his family in Elk River, Minnesota.

About Valparaiso University Law School

For more than 130 years Valparaiso University Law School has empowered talented individuals to realize personal and professional success. Nine “live client” clinics, a nationally recognized externship program, and a commitment to innovation, highlight a program of education that serves as both a path to a career and a path to personal and professional growth. Located in metropolitan Chicago and in Northwest Indiana, Valparaiso Law has one of the most diverse law student bodies in country. The faculty are distinguished by their commitment to student success and to continuing impact on the advancement of law and legal understanding.