Former Chief Judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals Edward Toussaint, Jr. has joined the William Mitchell College of Law faculty as a distinguished professor of law and associate dean of Multicultural Affairs. He will teach in the areas of Evidence and Civil Procedure.
Toussaint was appointed chief judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals in 1995 and was reappointed chief judge in 1998, 2001, 2004, and 2007. He was appointed to the Hennepin County District Court in 1992. Prior to this role, Toussaint served as a Workers’ Compensation judge from 1981 to 1987 and a Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals judge from 1987 to 1992. Before joining the bench, Toussaint was a claim counsel for American Family Insurance.
In 1998, Toussaint was elected president of the Council of Chief Judges for the state of Minnesota and has served on the executive committee of the Council of Chief Judges since 2006. He is currently a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association; the Hennepin County Bar Association; Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers; board of directors for African American Adoption Agency; American Bar Association Section on Legal Education; and the Admissions to the Bar Standards Review Committee.
Toussaint retired from the bench on July 15, 2011.
“William Mitchell College of Law is proud to welcome Judge Toussaint to our faculty of active teachers and engaged scholars,” said William Mitchell President and Dean Eric Janus. “His decades of leadership on the bench give deeper meaning to Mitchell’s brand of ‘practical wisdom’.”