Biography

“We all benefit by having judges of David Stras’s caliber working to advance our shared mission of promoting the rule of law.”

–David Wippman, Dean of the University of Minnesota Law School

Justice Stras grew up in a middle-class neighborhood in Wichita, Kansas. He now lives in Wayzata with his wife Heather and his two sons. He and his family are members of Bet Shalom Congregation.

He attended college and law school at the University of Kansas, then earned three prestigious federal clerkships: first with Judge Melvin Brunetti of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, then with Judge J. Michael Luttig of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and finally with Justice Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court.

Before his appointment to the Minnesota Supreme Court, Justice Stras was both a law professor and a practicing lawyer. He joined the University of Minnesota Law School faculty in 2004, and only two years later was named the Teacher of the Year. Before that, Justice Stras practiced law in Washington, D.C. with the firm of Sidley Austin. While a professor, Justice Stras also practiced with the Minneapolis law firm of Faegre & Benson as a member of its appellate litigation group.

Justice Stras was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2010, and he asks for your vote in November so he can continue to serve the people of Minnesota by doing a job that he truly loves and does very well. His diverse background, integrity, and work ethic make him the kind of person we can trust to make important decisions about the law in Minnesota.