Judith L. Oakes (Retired)
I enjoy the challenge of assisting clients through a very stressful time in their lives using my natural empathy, understanding of the law, and negotiation and litigation skills to assist the client in making good choices for their children and their future financial security.
My interests outside of the office include yoga, gardening, cooking, entertaining, dining, reading and travel.
Certifications & Awards
MSBA Board Certified Specialist
Minnesota State Bar Association President’s Award, 1988.
Service to Minnesota Women Lawyers Award, 2001.
Certificate of Distinguished Service, Minnesota Women Lawyers, 2007
University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 1969
Hamline University, B.A., 1966
Minnesota Supreme Court, 1969
Federal District Court, District of Minnesota, 1969
Circuit Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1972
United States Supreme Court, 1981
Circuit Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1983
Peer Review, Registration and Certification:
Minnesota Super Lawyer 2006 – Present
Martindale Hubbell A-V Rating 2000 to 2010
Civil Trial Specialist Certification, 1989 to 2010
Publications and Seminars:
“Advanced Issues in Child Support”, 2008; update, 2010 Family Law Financial Deskbook, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education
“Calculating Spousal Maintenance”, 2006, Minnesota’s New Child Support Law, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education
“UCCJA: Quagmire or Road Map” Minnesota Family Law Journal, July/August, 1990
Ms. Oakes is a regular presenter of seminars and related written materials on family law issues
President, University of Minnesota Law School Alumni Board of Directors, 2006-08
Co-Chair, 1969 Class Gift Committee, University of Minnesota Law School
President, MSBA Bar Foundation Board, 1999-2002
Chair, Minnesota Women Lawyers Appointments Committee, Judicial Elections 1998 to 2007
Co-Chair, RCBA Families First Day Committee, 1995 to 1997
Co-Chair, MSBA Spousal Maintenance Guideline Committee, 1991 to 1993
Member, Supreme Court Board of Continuing Legal Education, 1989 to 1995
President, Minnesota Women Lawyers, 1974 to 1976
She is a current member of Minnesota Women Lawyers, Minnesota State Bar Association, Ramsey County Bar Association and Hennepin County Bar Association, and as served on various committees and in leadership positions in all four organizations.