PRESENTED BY: Hon. Shaun Floerke

This presentation was delivered by Hon. Shaun R Floerke (District Court Judge, Duluth, Minnesota) at the recent ‘Developing Integrated Responses to Domestic and Family Violence in Australia: The Next Step’ Forum, in Brisbane. This forum was proudly hosted by Queensland Domestic Violence Services Network (QDVSN) and sponsored by QDVSN and QCDFVR and supported by Queensland Government.

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 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 issues nationally with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and also with the Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (DAIP).