We would like to introduce the new Chief Public Defender, Kassius Benson. His term begins January 1, 2021.
Kassius worked in the Fourth District office from 1996 -1997 and 2000 through 2007. In 2002, he changed status from full-time to part-time and began private practice. Additionally, Kassius was an Associate Attorney at Delaney & Associates in Bethesda, MD from 1999 – 2000 and a Staff Attorney at Public Defender Service (PDS) in Washington, D.C. from 1997 - 1999.
Kassius received his JD from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1996 and his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University. He graduated with Distinction as a member of the Honors Program in 1993.
Kassius is admitted to practice in the following jurisdictions:
United States Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Superior Court of the District of Columbia
State of Minnesota
United States District Court for District of Colorado
Kassius is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist - Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) – and was selected to the Minnesota Super Lawyers listing featuring the top 5% of attorneys in the state of Minnesota.
Kassius is a Board member of PICA / Head Start – Minneapolis, MN and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Minneapolis. He was the former Board President of Minnesota Freedom Fund from 2017 – February 2019.