FRED T. FRIEDMAN
Fred served as the Chief Public Defender of Minnesota’s Sixth District (northeastern Minnesota) from the spring of 1986 till April of 2014 and is Minnesota’s longest serving chief defender in history. Fred has written many articles on trial skills and public defender leadership. He has taught at schools and seminars for the public and private criminal bar and others in Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, Washington D.C., West Virginia, and Wisconsin, as well as the U.K., France, Germany, and Singapore.
In addition to being an attorney and career public defender, Fred is an associate professor at the University of Minnesota, Duluth where he has taught since 1975. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the School of Medicine. He is also a member of the faculty of the Minnesota Judicial College, the National Public Defender Trial School at the University of Dayton, the University of North Carolina School of Government Trial School, the Penn State School of Law Trial School and for may years taught at the Minnesota Public Defender Trial School at St. Thomas University. He has often been selected as one of Minnesota’s Super Lawyers. He has enjoyed an “av” lawyer rating for over 30 years. He has won several outstanding teacher awards and was elected to his alma mater’s (Duluth Denfeld High School) hall of fame.
His legal awards include being selected as recipient of the 1995 Jack J. Litman Social Justice Award. In 1996 he received the Minnesota Public Attorney of the year. Award. In 2013 he was presented with the prestigious Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Chief Justice Douglass Amdahl Public Attorney Career Achievement Award and the Duluth Bethel Lifetime Achievement award for Community service. Fred also co-hosts a radio show on Public Radio throughout Northern Minnesota alternately entitled “Fool Fred” or “The Sports Page”.