Lloyd Zimmerman

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Lloyd B. Zimmerman
Hennepin County District Judge
Appointed by Governor Jesse Ventura
Personal details
Alma mater New York University Law School

Lloyd B. Zimmerman is a judge in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Judge Zimmerman was appointed by Governor Jesse Ventura in 2001. He graduated valedictorian of his class from University of Illinois in 1975 after three years. He received his Juris Doctor at New York University Law School, where he was the recipient of the full tuition Root-Tilden Scholarship, awarded to law students with a demonstrated desire to serve the public interest. During law school he assisted the U.S. Attorney's office in a special prosecution of a congressman who was taking bribes. He also worked for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the ACLU, and the Harvard Center for Law and Education. He provided legal assistance to indigent clients through an NYU criminal law clinic and the Correctional Association of New York's legal aid clinic. After graduating from law school in 1978, a Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship brought him to the Mille Lacs Reservation. From 1978 to 1979, he started a legal aid clinic, which served not only Native Americans, but also the elderly poor in the surrounding area. He also taught at the Ne-ya-shing School, an alternative school on the reservation. After his time as a Smith Fellow ended in 1979, Judge Zimmerman practiced as a trial attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. His practice eventually evolved toward large class actions, including the landmark Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) pattern case, Glass v. IDS Financial Services. Glass was the largest age discrimination settlement at the time: over $35 million for the class and four years of injunctive relief.

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