|Francis J. Connolly|
|Current Court Information:|
|Minnesota Court of Appeals|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Tim Pawlenty|
|Past post:||4th Judicial District Judge|
|Past term:||November 9, 1998 - October 4, 2007|
|Law School:||Georgetown University Law School|
|Grad. School:||Georgetown University School of Foreign Service|
Francis J. Connolly is a judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. He was appointed to this position by Governor Pawlenty on Oct. 4, 2007 and took office on Jan. 1, 2008. His current term ends on Jan. 3, 2017.
Judge Connolly received his B.A. degree from Columbia University in 1980, his M.S.F.S. degree from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1984. He also earned his J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1984.
Judge Connolly began his legal career in 1984 as an attorney for the U. S. Department of Justice Honors Program. He joined the law firm Popham, Haik, Schnobrich & Kaufman in 1986. He moved to the firm Dorsey & Whitney the following year, where he worked until 1992. He then worked for the firm Rossini, Nelson & Rossini for two years and became an Associate General Counsel for Kraus-Anderson Realty Co. in 1994. He was appointed to the Fourth Judicial District on November 9, 1998. He held this position until his appointment to the Court of Appeals in 2007. By this time, he had served in the Criminal, Civil, and Juvenile sections of the Fourth District.
Connolly was re-elected to a six year term after running unopposed. 
- See also: Minnesota judicial elections, 2010