Tenth Judicial District Judge Alan Pendleton has been named the recipient of the 2012 Minnesota District Judges Association Outstanding Judge Award for his commitment to improvement in the judicial system and promotion of judicial efficiency.
Pendleton began his career on the bench chambered in Sherburne County. He is currently chambered in Anoka County.
The nomination of Pendleton stated that, among other efforts, he designed, coordinated and obtained funding for the construction of Minnesota’s first fully-integrated, electronic courtroom, which incorporated a multi-faceted electronic evidence display system.
Over the next several years, he conducted public, professional and school educational tours of the e-courtroom and developed and presented training programs to attorneys and judges on the proper use of an electronic courtroom.
According to the nomination, throughout Pendleton’s career, he has dedicated countless hours presenting training seminars for law enforcement, attorneys and the judiciary.
Pendleton has authored numerous publications and articles covering topics ranging from criminal and trial procedures to evidence and constitutional issues.
He edited and published “Anoka County Law Enforcement Training Update,” one of Minnesota’s largest law enforcement training newsletters, as well as the “Minnesota Criminal Elements Handbook.”
Pendleton also co-authored a law school textbook, “Advanced Criminal Trial Advocacy.”
Pendleton created and maintains a bi-weekly judicial training e-mail service titled “Minnesota Judicial Training Updates.”
The training updates are designed to be short, concise and easy-to-read judicial tips covering basic issues that every judge and attorney should know.
According to the nomination, the updates focus on statutory, case law, criminal, civil, trial and evidentiary issues.
They are distributed to approximately 85 percent of the state’s judges, with all new judges being automatically added to the distribution list.
Increased demand has the distribution list now including members of the private and public bars, numerous attorney associations and the University of Minnesota law school, the nomination states.
Pendleton was appointed to the bench in 1999 by Gov. Jesse Ventura.
Prior to joining the bench, he served as an assistant county attorney in Anoka County. He is a graduate of Bemidji State University and Drake University Law School.