The Honorable Judge Tanya Bransford portrait

The Honorable Judge Tanya Bransford

Adjunct Faculty and 4th Judicial District Judge
J.D., Hamline University School of Law
B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College

Tanya M. Bransford has served as a District Court Judge in Hennepin County District Court since 1994.  Judge Bransford currently manages a caseload of felony drug and property cases and worked as the Presiding Juvenile Court Judge from 2006-2008.  As the Presiding Juvenile Court Judge, she led the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, which dramatically reduced the numbers of young people in detention, while preserving public safety.  Prior to her appointment, she was the first black woman to serve as a District Court Referee for Hennepin County’s Juvenile Division, and the first black female Workers’ Compensation Judge with the Office of Administrative Hearings.  Judge Bransford began her legal career in private practice working in the areas of personal injury, criminal defense and workers’ compensation.   

Spring 2020 Courses

Spring 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 910 - 01 Judicial Externship M - - - - - - 1705 - 1800 MSL 334

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M - - - - - -

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1705 - 1800


MSL 334

Course Registration Number:

23133 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:


Michael K. Browne, Tanya M. Bransford

The judicial externship offers students an opportunity to learn about the judicial process, the impact lawyers have on the administration of justice, and the role of judges, judicial law clerks, and other court staff. Judicial externs work under the direct supervision of state or federal judges and their staff, and students will have the opportunity to discuss active cases with judges and staff. Judges will expect students to have excellent research, analytical, and writing skills. Students must be certain that they are prepared to commit to completing the work as assigned by judges/staff. Externship students will be expected to track and complete 150 hours of work in this course, with at least 130 of those hours devoted to fieldwork, and students will participate in the classroom component as well. Enrollment in the externship is by application only. To be eligible for a credit-earning externship, a student must first complete a minimum of 28 credits of study. Externship students must be in good standing. Externship students may be subject to other prerequisites/policies as required by the placement.

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