Hon. David Stras

Minnesota Supreme Court

David Stras became an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court on July 1, 2010. His current term expires in Jan. 2019. Prior to his appointment, Justice Stras was a member of the faculty of the University of Minnesota Law School from 2004 through 2010.

He taught and wrote in the areas of federal courts and jurisdiction, constitutional law, criminal law, and law and politics. In addition, Stras was co-director of the Institute for Law and Politics at the University of Minnesota. His law review articles have appeared in many academic journals, including the Cornell Law Review, Texas Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Northwestern Law Review, Constitutional Commentary, and the Minnesota Law Review. He has also served as of counsel to the law firm of Faegre & Benson LLP in their appellate advocacy group.

Justice Stras received his Bachelor of Arts degree, with highest distinction, in 1995 and his Master of Business Administration in 1999 from the University of Kansas. He also received his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1999, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Criminal Procedure Edition of the Kansas Law Review. While in law school, Stras achieved a number of academic honors, including election to the Order of the Coif.

Following law school, Stras clerked for The Honorable Melvin Brunetti of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then for The Honorable J. Michael Luttig of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

From 2001 to 2002, he practiced white-collar criminal and appellate litigation with the Washington, D.C., office of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood. Following his year in practice, he clerked for The Honorable Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States.

  • B.A., University of Kansas
  • M.B.A., University of Kansas
  • J.D., University of Kansas

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Publications and Multimedia
ROUNDTABLE: Areas of Constitutional Doctrine Transformed - Event Audio/Video
2016 National Lawyers Convention
November 24, 2016
Justice Scalia and the Criminal Law - Audio/Video
2016 National Lawyers Convention
November 23, 2016
Life on the Bench - Event Audio/Video
2015 National Lawyers Convention
November 19, 2015
Ferguson, Baltimore, and Criminal Justice Reform - Event Audio/Video
2015 National Lawyers Convention
November 18, 2015
How First Amendment Procedures Protect First Amendment Substance - Event Video
2014 National Lawyers Convention
November 17, 2014
Drunk Driving and the Fourth Amendment: The Implications of Missouri v. McNeely - Podcast
Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Podcast
May 28, 2014
The Electoral College vs. The National Popular Vote Plan - Event Audio/Video
2012 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2012
Law School Accreditation - Event Audio/Video
2011 National Lawyers Convention
November 10, 2011
United States Supreme Court: Nomination and Confirmation Process - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group
May 07, 2010
The Sotomayor Nomination, Part III
Online Debate
July 17, 2009
The Sotomayor Nomination, Part II
Online Debate
July 13, 2009
The Sotomayor Nomination, Part I
Online Debate
July 09, 2009
SCOTUScast 6-23-09 featuring David Stras
Iraq v. Beaty
June 23, 2009
Judicial Tenure: Life Tenure or Fixed Nonrenewable Terms? - Event Audio/Video
2008 National Lawyers Convention
November 21, 2008