Join us for a virtual fireside chat with Judge Kesha Tanabe to learn more about clerkships. Judge Tanabe was recently appointed by the Eighth Circuit to the federal bankruptcy bench for the District of Minnesota. She will be the first Asian American woman on the federal bench in Minnesota.
Judge Tanabe is a 2005 graduate of Cardozo School of Law. Upon graduating, she started her legal career with the New York State Attorney General as an assistant attorney general. She then returned to Minnesota, where she did her undergraduate education, and joined the law firm of Maslon, Edelman, Borman, and Brand, where she began partner. She transferred to Faegre Baker Daniels, where she also was a partner. After a few years, she opened her own law office. She has taught as an adjunct at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Just prior to her appointment to the bench, she was appointed as a subchapter V trustee for small business bankruptcy cases, which is a newly-created role by a new small business reorganization act that went into effect at the end of 2019. Judge Tanabe will assume her position as a bankruptcy judge for the District of Minnesota soon, in 2022.