Honorable Kathryn D. Messerich was appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty in 2004 and elected in 2006 and 2012. Currently Assistant Chief Judge of the First Judicial District, chambered in Dakota County. Judge Messerich is a Past President of the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Chair of the Fourth District Ethics Committee, past Chair of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee for the General Rules of Practice for District Courts and a past member of the Minnesota Supreme Court Boards of Continuing Legal Education and Legal Certification. Judge Messerich currently serves on the Supreme Court Drug Court Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Minnesota District Judges Association, Minnesota Women Lawyers, Minnesota State Bar Association, and ABOTA. She has been a Certified Civil Trial Specialist with the MSBA since 1994 and in her “past” life was a Registered Nurse and Trial Lawyer specializing in the defense of professional liability and health care related employment claims.