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Business Law Podcast

A View to the Bench: An Unorthodox Path to the Judiciary

Shazia Ahmad

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Business Law Section Leadership: Episode 3

In this episode, Judge Peter M. Reyes discusses his unorthodox career path to becoming a judge and offers insights on his legal background and education, as well as the strategic steps he took in his legal career to obtain his goals.  Judge Reyes offers insights and techniques on how the young lawyer can make — and recognize — opportunities to further their career goals.

Judge Reyes is a judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. He began his career as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Salvador M. Rosas then joined Robins Kaplan as an associate in the Intellectual Property (IP) Litigation Department. He subsequently worked as a senior IP lawyer at Cargill, Incorporated and as a partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP. Judge Reyes is an active member of a number of local, state, and national bar associations and nonprofit organizations. He served as president of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association (MHBA) from 2000-2003, on the Board of Trustees for William Mitchell College of Law from 2005-2014, and national president of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) from 2012- 2013. Judge Reyes is active in the American Bar Association (ABA) as a member of the House of Delegates, the ABA Judicial Division, Section of IP Law, and TIPS, among others. He served on the ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities and the ABA Council for Diversity in the Educational Pipeline and now serves on the Commission on Women in the Profession.