Edward Toussaint

Distinguished Jurist in Residence

The Honorable Edward Toussaint, Jr., was appointed Chief Judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals in 1995 and was reappointed in 1998, 2001, 2004, and 2007.  Prior to joining the court of appeals, he was a Hennepin County District Court judge, a Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals judge, and a claim counsel for American Family Insurance.

In addition he has been a longtime adjunct professor at William Mitchell, president of the Council of Chief Judges, and a board member with the African American Adoption Agency.

Judge Toussaint stepped down from the Court of Appeals in 2011 and joined the William Mitchell faculty as a distinguished professor of law and associate dean of Multicultural Affairs.


B.A., 1964, Chicago State University

J.D., 1974, DePaul University College of Law


Distinguished Professor of Law, 2011–.

Distinguished Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs, 2011–14.

Adjunct Professor, University of St. Thomas School of Law, 2004-2006, 2008-2009.

Adjunct Professor, University Minnesota Law School, 1999 – 2001.

Chief Judge, Minnesota Court of Appeals, 1995-2011.

Judge, Minnesota Court of Appeals,1995.

Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law, 1994-2011.

Judge, Fourth Judicial District, 1992-95.

Judge, Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals, 1987-92.

Judge, Workers’ Compensation Court, 1981-87.

Claims Counsel, American Family Insurance, 1975-81.

Teacher, Chicago Public School System, 1964-75.

Leadership and Service

President of the Council of Chief Judges of Courts of Appeal, 1999; Hennepin County Bar Association; Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers; Minnesota State Bar Association Board of Governors; African American Adoption Agency; American Bar Association; Pro Se Litigation, Feasibility and Implementation Committee; Minnesota Supreme Court Foster Care and Adoption Task Force; Minnesota Supreme Court Racial Bias Implementation Committee; 2009 Committee to select United States Attorney for Minnesota; 2009 Federal Judicial Selection Committee

Awards or Honors

National Center for State Courts Distinguished Service Award, 2002; National Mock Trial Tournament (Judges Hall of Fame), 2000; Minnesota State Bar Association Award of Professional Excellence, 2000; Minnesota Minority Lawyers Association Judicial Service Award, 1994; Minnesota Minority Lawyers Association Founders Award, 1994; Legal Advice Clinic Volunteer of the Month, December 1991; 2002 National Center for State Courts Distinguished Service Award; 2002 Ramsey County Bar Association Diversity Award; University of St. Thomas School of Law 2004 Excellence in Professional Preparation Award.