Hon. Jamie L. Cork

District Court Judge, Minnesota Judicial Branch First District


  • Fox Valley Technical College, A.S.
  • Mount Senario College, B.S.
  • Hamline University School of Law, J.D.

Jamie Cork was appointed to the First Judicial District Bench in August 2016, where she presides over a variety of cases. She co-chairs the Dakota County Domestic Violence Coordinated Community Response Team and the JDAI-Elimination of Racial Bias Committee, she is also an active member of the First District Equal Justice Committee, Minnesota Children’s Justice Initiative (CJI), CJI Indian Child Welfare Act training faculty and subcommittee, and CJI Parent Representation subcommittee.

She was an Assistant Hennepin County Attorney where she worked for over 18 years in the Child Protection Division specializing in Sexually Exploited Youth and Indian Child Welfare Act cases. Judge Cork worked with Indian tribes and communities in an attempt to assure that families and children were able to obtain culturally appropriate education and services.

Judge Cork helped to establish Minnesota statewide policy, training, and community outreach regarding the sexual exploitation of youth. She was an original member of the Safe Harbor Legislation committee that established Minnesota’s “No Wrong Door” policy and co-chaired the Statewide Model Protocol Workgroup on Child Protection/Welfare. She has brought awareness and education about human trafficking to the community through local, state, national and international presentations to judges, attorneys, law enforcement, and other professionals.

Human Trafficking