|Current Court Information:|
|Minnesota Supreme Court|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Tim Pawlenty|
|Preceded by:||Eric Magnuson|
|Past post:||Attorney in private practice|
|Past post 2:||Faculty, University of Minnesota Law School|
|Undergraduate:||University of Kansas, 1995|
|Law School:||University of Kansas, 1999|
|Grad. School:||University of Kansas, 1999|
|Candidate for:||Supreme Court|
|Election information 2012:|
|Primary date:||August 14, 2012|
|Election date:||November 6, 2012|
Stras has clerked for two federal judges: Melvin Brunetti of the Ninth Circuit and Michael Luttig of the Fourth Circuit. He also clerked for Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States. He has practiced with the firms Faegre & Benson, LLP and Sidley, Austin, Brown, & Wood before he was appointed to the bench.
Stras has been a faculty member of the University of Minnesota Law School since 2004.
Awards and associations
- Member, Order of the Coif
- Co-director, Institute for Law and Politics
- Faculty adviser, Minnesota Law Review
- Member, Executive Committee for the Litigation Practice Group
- Member, Executive Committee for the Federalism and Separation of Powers Practice Group of the Federalist Society
- Member, American Law Institute
- Member, Minnesota State Bar Association
- Member, Federal Bar Association
- Member, Bet Shalom Congregation
- Contributor, SCOTUS Blog
- See also: Minnesota judicial elections, 2012
In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Stras received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.96, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of -0.07 that justices received in Minnesota. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.
- News: Minnesota Supreme Court judges recuse themselves from cases involving U. of Minnesota, April 30, 2012
- Courts in Minnesota
- Minnesota Supreme Court
- Minnesota Judicial Branch website
- Social Science Research Network, "Stras, David R.'s Scholarly Papers"
- Minnesota Lawyer, "Meet Justice David Stras," September 17, 2010
- MNDaily, "U Supreme Court appointee: A ‘genuine, deep-seated’ lover of the law," May 26, 2010
- Politics in Minnesota, "Gildea elevated to chief justice; David Stras appointed associate," May 13, 2010
- MPR News, "David Stras and the Minnesota Supreme Court," May 13, 2010
- Star-Tribune, "Pawlenty names Lorie Gildea new chief justice," May 13, 2010
- Northlands News Center, "Pawlenty Names Chief Justice & Makes Supreme Court Appointment," May 13, 2010
- SCOTUS Blog, "Congratulations to David Stras," May 14, 2010
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "Unofficial General Election Results: Judicial"
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "Candidates of Judicial Offices"
- Stanford University, "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012
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