Hon. Kevin Eide

Hon. Kevin Eide, Chair Carver County Courthouse
604 E. Fourth Street
Chaska, MN 55318

Tel: (952) 361-1420


Judge Profile:
Judge Kevin W. Eide
Carver County
Carver County Courthouse
Phone: (952) 361-1420

Appointed January 2001. Elected November 2002. Current term expires January 2009.
J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 1979
B.S., St. Olaf, 1975
Shareholder – Grannis & Hauge P.A., 1990 – 2001
Shareholder – Hauge, Eide, Anderson and Keller P.A., 1985 - 90
Associate – Hauge and Associates, P.A., 1979 - 85
Teaching and Mentoring:
New Judge Orientation Conference, instructor
William Mitchell College of Law, former Misdemeanor Clinic faculty
William Mitchell College of Law, student mentor
University of Minnesota Law School, mock trial judge
Professional Memberships:
Minnesota District Judges Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Dakota County Bar Association
First District Bar Association
Eighth District Bar Association
Professional and Community Activities:
Chair – Minnesota Juvenile Protection Rules Committee
Minnesota Children’s Justice Initiative Advisory Workgroup
Co-author of the Minnesota Judges Juvenile Bench Book
Minnesota Court Operations Advisory Workgroup
Minnesota Weighted Case Load Subcommittee
Carver County Children’s Justice Initiative
Carver County Justice Advisory Committee
Minnesota Delegate – Great Lakes Summit on Gun Violence – 2007
Minnesota Delegate – National Center for State Courts – Child Welfare - 2007
Member - Chaska Rotary Club
Former President – Burnsville Rotary Club: 1985-1986
Deacon and Member – Colonial Church of Edina
Former athletic coach/instructor – baseball, soccer, skiing

According to

Appointments in CHIPS cases accounts for about 9 percent of the total current caseload for public defenders. (That figure includes Hennepin County, where public defenders will continue to represent parents because the costs are paid by the county.)

The decision to cut CHIPS representation drew a protest from Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide, the lead CJI judge in the 1st Judicial District and chair of the court’s Juvenile Protection Rules Committee.

In a letter to Stuart, Eide cautioned that much of the effort that has gone into CJI is at risk. “[I]t is essential that parents have attorneys when they are at the state of working their case plan,” the judge wrote. “Representation is necessary to advocate for a reasonable attainable case plan, to encourage parents to cooperate with their social worker rather than fight them tooth and nail, and to articulate to the court when good cause continuances and second chances are appropriate. Many of the best practices that have been achieved after years of concerted effort by CJI teams throughout the State and the advocacy of Chief Justice [Kathleen] Blatz will be lost without consistent representation of parents.”

Eide also warned that counties will not be able to absorb the costs and the result will be significant inconsistency with the representation of CHIPS parents throughout the state. He suggested that legislation be passed limiting public defender representation in misdemeanor cases rather than eliminating it in CHIPS matters.

According to http://www2.mnbar.org/committees/judiciary/2002%20Report.htm
Judge Eide was endorsed by Minnesota Women Lawyers

Kevin Eide* vs. David H. Grounds (1st Judicial District)
Issues: Election choice
Grounds ran to give voters a choice of candidates. He also noted that the First Judicial District provides quality legal services (implying that he would like to play a role in such an organization). He simply asked the voters to learn about both candidates and then make their choice.
Eide emphasized his qualifications, experience and community involvement.
· Minnesota Women Lawyers
· Carver, Dakota, Goodhue, LeSueur, McLeod, Scott and Sibley County Sheriffs
· Carver, Dakota, Goodhue, LeSueur, McLeod, Scott and Sibley County Attorneys
Grounds: Did not seek endorsements.