Published on February 20th, 2014 | by SMUMN3
Alumni in Action — George Stephenson, J.D., judge, community activist, lawyer
While at Saint Mary’s, George Stephenson ’80 was a four-year letter-winning wrestler. In 1978 he won the National Catholic Championship title. His wrestling career was impressive; however, his professional career is even more so.
After graduating from Saint Mary’s with a degree in Education, he attended William Mitchell College of Law, in St. Paul, Minnesota. He served as an investigator for the St. Paul Department of Human Rights, an assistant district attorney for the City of St. Paul and Ramsey County, an assistant federal defender, and duty attorney for the City of St. Paul where he headed the Criminal Division.
In 2001 Stephenson was appointed by then-Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura to the Ramsey County District Court and has been re-elected twice. He is an active community member who sits on numerous committees and strives to assist young people whenever he can.
Judge Stephenson has been instrumental in establishing the John School Program, which helps reduce prostitution-related crime, the St. Paul Community Court, and the Ramsey County Community Prosecutor Program, which strives to improve community relations with police and community members. He also encourages and mentors young lawyers and those interested in a career in law.