When one door closes another opens

Hello everyone. It has been more than 6 months since I issued my last judicial training blog post. I apologize for the long delay.

As you can probably imagine I have been incredibly busy since the Supreme Court issued their order ending my judicial career last October. Although initially devastated, it did not take long for me to recognize the amazing opportunity being laid out before me.

Over the past 8 months, my entire life has truly undergone a miraculous transformation. It really is true that when one door closes in life others will open. I extend my sincere thanks to the many offers I received to join various metropolitan law firms. I chose to follow a different path, one of my own choosing. Leaving the bench presented me a golden opportunity to pursue and cultivate one of my lifelong passions into a lucrative third career.

To the many judges and attorneys that sent me beautiful heartfelt notes and letters of support, I apologize for not being able to thank each of you individually. To those that have suggested the Supreme Court’s decision to remove me was personal and petty, I express no opinion because quite frankly that really doesn’t matter anymore.  I am now happier, healthier and better off financially than at any time during my judicial career. Ironically, I have the Supreme Court to thank for that.

Many have asked what I loved most about being an attorney and a District Court Judge. Without a doubt it was the excitement and thrill of being lead trial attorney in more than 100 jury trials and then later the intellectual challenges of presiding over jury trials. But perhaps more than anything, I am most proud of my work product in the areas of law enforcement, attorney and judicial training, especially on issues involving trial advocacy and evidence.

My hope is to keep writing blog posts on various topics of interest to attorneys, judges and law professionals. My first substantive blog post will address some basic rules for handling physical evidence during trial. At the risk of sounding harsh, attorneys that fail to learn and follow these basic rules have no business being in the courtroom. Similarly, judges that fail to learn and follow these basic rules have no business presiding over jury trials. In other words, during a jury trial the last thing anyone wants is the blind leading the blind. More on that later………………….

Keep fighting for what you know is right!

July 14, 2016 (1)


  1. Thanks for the update and for continuing to educate all of us. So glad to hear that you are doing well and excited to see more of what you have to teach!

    Der Yang


  2. Jordan Foschi

    I’m glad to see you are doing so well. I learned a lot from you and everyone at the courthouse the summer after my 1L year. Definitely a great experience with a great judge.


  3. Simonett, Martha

    So glad to have you back!! Sounds like you are doing well and enjoying your new work! Congrats and all the best to you. I’ll look forward to your blog. Martha


  4. Barbara Gislason

    I wish you all the best, Alan, and have always appreciated your contributions to the practice of law.


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  6. Hi Allan, Happy to see this and also happy you are doing so well. It’s good to share this and let people know that you survived and are thriving. They/we lost a very good fair judge, who knew and did his work well, in a very dedicated manner. You I am sure are very missed by many especially the public who won’t realize what they lost. We always knew you were and are great.

    Your Friend, Diane Weber


  7. Matthew Mankey

    Alan, this is not news to me. If you recall we spoke at FedEx in Coon Rapids where I learned of your new-found freedom and happiness. Selfishly I am saddened by the fact that you are no longer one of the best judicial officers in front of whom I have had the privilege to appear and argue. I wish you the best and know that you will excel at whatever endeavor you choose. I am thankful for your friendship and guidance and wish you the very best future. Your removal from the bench while initially disappointing for you is really a loss to the legal system. I wish you well.

    Matthew Mankey

    Attorney at Law

    The Colonnade, Suite 1025

    5500 Wayzata Boulevard

    Golden Valley, MN 55416


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  8. I am happy to hear the positive news. I look forward to more posts to keep learning. That is something that you taught me from the start …to keep learning.


  9. Hi! Thank you for your new post!

    Glad to hear that you are doing well and that you’re happy. After all is said and done, being happy in life is most important! 👍🏻😊

    Looking forward to hearing more from you!


    Nancy Wilson

    Sent from my iPhone



  10. Its hard to believe that Judge Pendleton lost his license for such a petty offense. Courts let real criminals off all the time with a slap on the wrist.
    Thank-you judge Pendleton for publishing all of your writings. They are very useful to attorneys like myself. They are a huge public service.


  11. Satveer Chaudhary, Esq.

    Congratulations on your new chapter, Your Honor. I don’t wish your recent experience on anyone, and you of all didn’t deserve the outcome. It was not good, and there is no “but” or “however” that follows.

    I’m glad you’ve summoned the strength and hope to continue being who you are, and that is a humble servant to quality jurisprudence, regardless of venue. In that endeavor, I’m grateful you chose to continue benefitting others.

    I’m sure you’ve heard this a lot, but it took me a long while to realize: Whatever you do, you’re enough.




  12. Brandt, Gina (Judge)

    So glad to have you back!!!!!!

    Sent from my iPad


  13. Moreno, Daniel

    Good for you Alan. I look forward to your posts.



  14. Cuzzo, Michael

    Good to have you back!



  15. Welcome back! r/Dale


  16. Nice to have you back.


  17. Welcome back, so good to hear from you. Look forward to all you have to offer, and congratulations on your new endeavors.


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