Judge Donovan W Frank
Donovan W. Frank was appointed by President William Clinton and took the oath of office on November 2, 1998. He was the thirty-first federal judge selected for Minnesota, succeeding Judge David S. Doty, who took senior status.
Judge Frank was born in Rochester, Minnesota on June 24, 1951. He graduated from Luther College, magna cum laude, in 1973 and attended the University of Durham, Durham, England, from 1971 to 1972. Judge Frank graduated from Hamline University Law School, magna cum laude, in 1977. He served as an Assistant St. Louis County Attorney for the St. Louis County Attorney's Office in Virginia, Minnesota. In 1985, Judge Frank was appointed to the state district court bench and served as the Chief Judge of the sixteen-judge Sixth Judicial District from 1991 to 1996, prior to his appointment to the federal bench.
JUDICIAL COMMITTEES & ACTIVITIES: U.S. District Court - District of Minnesota, Court Security Committee (2003-Present); U.S. District Court - District of Minnesota, Liaison Judge to Bureau of Immigration and Citizenship Services (2003-Present); Minnesota Supreme Court Criminal Rules Committee (1986-98); Minnesota Supreme Court Racial Bias Implementation Committee (1993-98); Minnesota Task Force on Violence Against Women.
HONORS & AWARDS: Federal Bar Association - Elaine R. "Boots" Fisher Award (2006), in recognition of outstanding public service and dedication to diversity in the legal community; Hamline University School of Law Distinguished Alumnus Award (2000); Minnesota Trial Judge of the Year, Conference of Chief Judges (1996); Range Women's Advocates Annual Recognition Award (1995), in recognition of contributions toward ending domestic violence; Alumni Association Distinguished Achievement Award, Hamline University School of Law (1986).
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS: Federal Judges Assn.; Federal Bar Assn. - Minnesota Chapter, Board of Directors; Federal Bar Assn. - Minnesota Chapter, Diversity Committee (2005-Present); Federal Bar Assn. - Minnesota Chapter, Federal Transportation Committee (2004-Present); Federal Bar Assn.; Minnesota District Judges Assn.; Minnesota State Bar Assn.; Range Bar Assn.; President, Richard T. Oakes American Inns of Court (2005- Present); Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Board of Directors; Arrowhead Center Incorporated (1983-85); Range Mental Health Center, Inc., Board of Directors (1979-85); Mesabi Family Center Advisory Board (1978-80); East Range Developmental Achievement Center, Board of Directors (1978-80); St. Louis County Child Abuse Team (1977-80).
Judge Frank's Chambers Information:
Becky Baertsch (651) 848-1290
Lisa Converse (651) 848-1294
Brenda Schaffer (651) 848-1296
Jeanne Anderson (651) 848-1221
United States District Court
724 Federal Building
316 No Robert Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
146 Federal Building
316 N Robert Street
St. Paul, MN 55101