Minnesota State Judicial Outreach Liaison

Judge Shaun R. Floerke

Judge Floerke is a district court judge of the 6th Judicial District of Minnesota, chambered in Duluth.  He was appointed to the bench July 2004.  Before taking the bench he served as a lead prosecutor, litigation attorney in a private law firm, and as a senior attorney in government civil litigation.

Judge Floerke founded and presides over the South St. Louis County DWI Court, one of four National Center for DWI Courts Academy Courts in the nation. He and his team won the National Association of Drug Court Professionals DWI Court Leadership Award in 2018. He is a member of the National Judicial Opioid Task Force and serves on the Judicial Advisory Board for the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility. He is the founding and presiding judge of the Duluth Domestic Violence Restorative Circles Intervention. He serves as Co-Chair of the Minnesota Treatment Court Initiative and is a past member of the Minnesota Judicial Council, the governing body for the judiciary in Minnesota. He trains judges and other professionals on domestic violence responses, treatment courts and resiliency practice nationally and internationally. He serves as faculty for the National Center for DWI Courts, the National Drug Court Institute, and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. He was awarded a judicial leadership award by Minnesota Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in 2011 and again in 2017 for his work to effectively address impaired driving. He is also the president of The Duluth Street Art Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to promoting public street art in Duluth.