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Meet Judge Grewing

Sara Grewing was appointed to the bench by Governor Mark Dayton on December 22, 2014.  She was elected by the voters of Ramsey County in 2016.  She was elected by her colleagues to the position of Assistant Chief Judge of the Second Judicial District in May 2020.  Judge Grewing is currently assigned to the civil division.  Judge Grewing chairs the statewide committee to improve Minnesota’s bail evaluation tool, and she is an appointed member of the statewide Civil Justice Subcommittee for the Committee for Equality and Justice.

Before her appointment, Judge Grewing served as the Saint Paul City Attorney for four years.  The City Attorney’s Office is responsible for providing legal counsel and representation to the mayor and City Council and the 3000 employees of the City, as well as for prosecuting all misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors committed in Saint Paul.

Prior to that position, Judge Grewing served as Chief of Staff to Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.  She has also served as the State Director to Senator Amy Klobuchar.  She’s worked as legal counsel to the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, and also as an Assistant Hennepin County Attorney.  She was one of ten lawyers to be named an Up and Coming Attorney in 2009 and currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, where she chairs the Governance Committee.  She also served on the President’s Leadership Circle for Minnesota Women Lawyers.

Judge Grewing has also served on the Board of Directors for the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation and has chaired the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Women Judges.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota and graduated with honors from William Mitchell College of Law, where she was Executive Editor of the Law Review.

A graduate of Saint Cloud Cathedral, Judge Grewing has lived in Saint Paul for the last twenty-four years.  She now lives in the Highland Park neighborhood of Saint Paul with her husband, Jon Schmidt, and their two children.