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Wisconsin Judges Directory
For immediate release: Monday, May 20, 2002
GOVERNOR APPOINTS JOHNSON TO FIFTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
(St. Paul, MN) Governor Jesse Ventura today announced the appointment of Kurt Johnson to a Fifth Judicial District trial court bench vacancy in the city of Mankato in Blue Earth County. The opening occurred with the retirement of the Honorable James Mason on May 4, 2002. Twenty-two people applied for this vacancy.
Johnson is an attorney and partner in the New Ulm office of the law firm Gislason and Hunter, a position he has held since 1987. He was an associate attorney in the firm's predecessor, Gislason, Dosland, Hunter and Malecki from 1983 to 1987. Johnson earned his juris doctorate degree from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul in 1983 and his bachelor of arts degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield in 1979.
"Kurt comes across as a gentle and kind man," Governor Ventura said. "These are qualities that will make the people who appear before him feel more at ease in what is often an intimidating moment in their lives. I know that as a judge, Kurt will be firm, but also respectful."
Johnson is a volunteer attorney for Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, has served as a judge and evaluator at William Mitchell College of Law for the Trial Advocacy and Advance Trial Advocacy classes. He is a qualified alternative dispute resolution neutral in mediation and arbitration and is certified as a civil trial specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association's Civil Litigation Section. Johnson's community activities include coaching youth soccer and basketball, Boy Scouts, United Way of New Ulm, Lions Club of New Ulm and serving on the New Ulm Area School District's Long-Range Planning Task Force.
Johnson, 44, was born in New Ulm, grew up in Springfield, and resides in New Ulm with his wife, Anne-Lise. They have one son, Peder, 6.