David Stras

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David Stras
Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court
Assumed office
July 1, 2010 (2010-07-01)
Appointed by Tim Pawlenty
Preceded by Lorie Skjerven Gildea
Personal details
Born (1974-07-04) July 4, 1974 (age 41)
Wichita, Kansas
Spouse(s) Heather
Children 2
Alma mater University of Kansas (B.A., M.B.A., J.D.)
Religion Judaism

David Ryan Stras (born July 4, 1974) is an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Early life and education[edit]

Stras was born on July 4, 1974 in Wichita, Kansas.[1][2] He received a B.A. with highest honors and an M.B.A. from the University of Kansas. In 1999, he earned a J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Criminal Procedure Edition of the Kansas Law Review.[3][4]


Stras clerked on two federal courts of appeal, for Judges Melvin Brunetti on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and J. Michael Luttig on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Stras then worked at the D.C. office of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood for a year, after which he clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court.[4]

Stras was a professor of law at the University of Minnesota Law School from 2004 to 2010, teaching and writing in the areas of federal courts and jurisdiction, constitutional law, criminal law, and law and politics. He also served as co-director of the Institute for Law and Politics.[4] Stras has contributed to research on such topics as judicial pensions and life tenure for judges. He has also studied judicial appointments and the politics of courts.

Stras was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court by Governor Tim Pawlenty, with his term beginning on July 1, 2010.[4] He was sworn in on July 12, 2010 in a public ceremony.[5] Stras was elected to a six-year term in 2012. Prior to his appointment, he was a frequent guest on legal topics at Minnesota Public Radio. He is believed to be the first Jewish justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Stras is married to his wife, Heather. They have two children.[1] Through his father, Stras is related to Holocaust survivors from Hungary and Germany.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Minnesota Supreme Court, Seat 4: Stras v. Tingelstad". Minnesota Lawyer. October 5, 2012. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Professor Stras Named to Minnesota Supreme Court Bench". University of Minnesota Law School. May 13, 2010. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Biographies of the Justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court". Minnesota State Law Library. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Judge Profile: Associate Justice David R. Stras". Minnesota Judicial Branch. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea, Justice David R. Stras Sworn In During Public Ceremony". Minnesota Judicial Branch. July 13, 2010. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ Cohen, Mark (July 19, 2010). "Is Stras the first Jewish Minnesota high court justice?". MinnLawyer Blog. Archived from the original on December 7, 2013. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ Bryan, Erin Elliott (October 10, 2012). "A Jew on Minnesota’s high court". American Jewish World. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 

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Preceded by
Lorie Skjerven Gildea
Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court
Succeeded by