CARA LEE NEVILLE HAS BEEN A LEADER IN HER PROFESSION, HER COMMUNITY AND THE BENCH
Judge Neville is well known and respected by lawyers and judges both in Minnesota, and throughout the nation. She has served on numerous boards and committees. She was appointed by the President of the American Bar Association (ABA) to serve on the 11-member commission to write the Model Code of Judicial Conduct published nationally and adopted in whole or in part by most states. She was thereafter appointed by the Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court to serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee for the revision of the Rules of Judicial Conduct for the State of Minnesota. Nationally, she served as Chair of the of the ABA Judicial Division’s Ethics and Professionalism Committee and also served as Chair of the American Judicature Society’s Ethics Advisory Committee as well as serving as Chair of the National Association of Women Judge’s Ethics Committee. Judge Cara Lee Neville has lectured nationally on professionalism and ethics including to the National Conference of Chief Justices (Chief Justices from all 50 states), to the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL), at the National Professional Responsibility Conference, and locally to the Minnesota District Judges Association. Judge Neville was also appointed by the President of the American Bar Association to chair the Justice Center of the ABA, which coordinates all of the judicial related entities such as the Judicial Division (which includes State and Federal Judges on both the trial and appellate levels), the Federal Judicial Improvements Committee, the Independence of the Judiciary Committee and the Coalition for Justice, which she previously chaired seeking to improve the American justice system by coordinating with over 200 non-governmental organizations on a national level. Judge Neville has served for over 25 years in the House of Delegates to the ABA(the policy making body) having represented the State Bar of Minnesota, Hennepin County, and as State Delegate, in addition to her service on the Association’s Board of Governors from 2000-2003 and again from 2010 to present
Judge Neville served on the civil and criminal bench throughout most of her career. She chaired the District Court Civil and Case Flow Management Committees of the Hennepin County District Court. She also served as Presiding Judge of the Probate Court and the Mental Health Court for three years and while there, facilitated the merger between the two courts into one unit of the bench.
Judge Neville has been listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in American Women.