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Wisconsin Judges Directory

For immediate release:
Thursday, February 14, 2002


(St. James, MN) Governor Jesse Ventura today announced the appointment of Allison Krehbiel Baskfield to a Fifth Judicial District trial court bench vacancy in the city of St. James in Watonwan County.  The opening will occur with the retirement of the Honorable Terry Dempsey on February 28, 2002.  Sixteen people applied for this vacancy.

Baskfield is an assistant Fifth Judicial District public defender in Madelia, a position she has held since 1999.  She was an assistant Minneapolis city attorney and legal advisor to the Minneapolis Police Department from 1995 to 1998, acting deputy Minneapolis city attorney in 1995 an assistant Minneapolis city attorney from 1992 to 1995, and an associate attorney with the Minneapolis law firm of LaBore and Juliano in 1992.  Baskfield earned her juris doctorate degree cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul in 1991 and her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Minnesota in 1984.  She also did some undergraduate coursework at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas.

"Allison brings the right mix of background and personal qualities to this judgeship," Governor Ventura said.  "She has been a criminal defender in rural Minnesota and a prosecutor in the city.  She has a no nonsense style but brings a sensitivity to ethnic and cultural issues.  And, having grown up on a farm, Allison is not afraid of hard work."

While in the Minneapolis City Attorney's office, Baskfield taught Criminal Constitutional Law, Employment Law, Sexual Harassment and Civil Liability to Minneapolis Police Officers.  She also taught a course on Domestic Assault and Loss of Firearms and published an article on "The New Domestic Abuse Law: Officers without Weapons" for the National Association of Chiefs of Police.  Baskfield's community activities include serving on the Watonwan County Library Board and coaching Madelia summer recreational youth programs.

Baskfield, 40, was born in Freeman, South Dakota, grew up in Mountain Lake, and resides in Madelia with her husband, Patrick. They have three daughters.

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