Competent, Caring, Creative Defense

Catherine TurnerCatherine Turner grew up in Minneapolis.  She graduated Suma Cum Laude from UMass Amherst, where she was a news writer and editor for the Massachusetts Daily Collegian. During college, she lived in Washington DC for a summer as an intern at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. There she worked for the Conflict Prevention Program. After graduation, she switched coasts and headed out to Oregon for law school at Lewis & Clark Law School. She spent two years working for the Federal Public Defender’s office while in law school, contributing research and writing to the Brandon Mayfield case, among others. She returned to Minneapolis in the spring of 2005 to be closer to her family. She was welcomed into the Minnesota Bar in 2005 and has practiced public and private criminal defense in the Twin Cities Metro area ever since.

Catherine’s Education, Training & Experience:

Sole Practitioner, 2008- present.
Assistant Public Defender, 2006-2008, 2011-present
First Judicial District Public Defender, Dakota County, MN

Juris Doctor, 2005
Lewis & Clark Law School
, Portland OR
Certificate in Criminal Procedure

Law Clerk, Office of the Federal Public Defender, Portland OR, 2003-2005

Certified Student Attorney, 2004-2005
Metropolitan Public Defender
, Portland OR
Lewis & Clark Legal Clinic, Portland OR

B.S. Political Science, 2002
Cum Laude
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Certificate in International Relations

Certified Criminal Law Specialist

Panels and Memberships

MACDL Board member 2011-present
Hennepin County Bar Association Member 2008-Present
Minnesota Bar Association Member 2005-Present
Criminal Defense Panel of Dakota County founding member
National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center
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