Judge candidate: Lawrence UlanowskiI was inspired to run for this office to have the opportunity to continue to uphold the integrity and professionalism of the judicial system.
1 I am a father of 7- and 9-year-old daughters. I have masters in mechanical engineering. I have a minor in industrial engineering and a juris doctor degree in law. I am licensed in Minnesota District Court and Federal Court. I am also experienced with Appellate Court.
I am a 1982 Silver Bay graduate. I was previously employed with LaBounty Manufacturing in Two Harbors. I spend a considerable amount of time in the region. I was employed in Duluth and had part of my college education at the University of Minnesota Duluth. I have also resided in Cloquet and the Barnum-Mahtowa area.
2 I was inspired to run for this office to have the opportunity to continue to uphold the integrity and professionalism of the judicial system. I also have admiration for judges’ work ethics as it is my belief that my work ethic parallels those who I have come before to present my cases.
3 I have been inspired by my parents work ethic, attention to detail and how they educated me throughout my life, my eighteen year engineering career as the profession is a very detailed industry, and by numerous hard working individuals who I have either worked or associated with.
4 One ethical dilemma was in my engineering career, working in cardiology. I launched a stent manufacturing facility in Ireland. As part of the product launch there was fatigue test results that needed to be achieved for the stent. The testing fatigue data was significantly short of the criteria and my company, at the time, demanded that I sign off on the fatigue testing in which I refused to do as I was concerned that the product could lead to premature patient death. Therefore, I never signed off on the fatigue data.
5 I deal with difficult people and situations by first listening to their concerns and assessing the situation and then addressing those concerns in a logical systematic manner.
6 I decline to respond as a judge needs to remain neutral and unbiased.
7 The greatest accomplishment is being an engineer for 18 years and then becoming a lawyer and opening my own law practice with three office locations, including Duluth, Brainerd, and Minneapolis.
8 I have some experience in criminal law but I associate with an experienced criminal lawyer. In family law, I have represented numerous clients, including those with complex child custody and business valuations. I also do a considerable amount of civil litigation, which includes, but is not limited to, business, construction litigation, mold and water, estate/probate, housing, juvenile, real estate, and other.
9 Judges are not to legislate from the bench as that is the process for the legislature. A judge’s role is to remain neutral, unbiased and fair in making decisions involving all litigants.
10 Criteria for sentencing is governed by Minnesota statutes and case law.
11 Factors considered by granting and setting bail is guided by Minnesota Statutes and case law.
12 Obstacles are litigants and some lawyers being untruthful. The public sector needs to be run in a financially prudent manner.
13 There is always room for improvement in everything and anything. The specific challenge today is the work load that is being required of every court.
14 I decline to answer as it is not judicially related.
15 While judges may not be obligated to foster public understanding, education is paramount.
16 I decline to answer as it is not judicially related.
17 My favorite feature about Lake County is the quantity of lakes and nature’s opportunities.
18 Something about me that few people know is that I love the outdoors.