Human Services Judge Thayer graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1992. He was a judicial clerk with the Minnesota Court of Appeals 1992-1993. Prior to becoming an human services judge (HSJ) in May 2000, he was a staff attorney with the department with responsibilities for contract management, data privacy, and other administrative law issues. As an HSJ, he conducts administrative hearings on various county and state agency human services actions. In April 2006, he became one of two Assistant Chief HSJs and was later promoted to co-Chief HSJ. He supervises 15 judges. He also serves as an ethics official for the Minnesota Department of Human Services
Thayer has volunteered on several non-profit organizations including the National Association of Hearing Officials, the Lambda Justice Center, the Minneapolis Foundation and the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Implementation Committee for Racial Fairness. He was chair of the Public Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association from July 2006 to June 2008 and on executive committee of the Administrative Law section of the bar association. He was an adjunct faculty member of William Mitchell College of Law where he has taught legal writing and a practicum on poverty law and administrative hearings.
“I enjoyed serving in the YCC in the late 1970s. I enjoyed making trails in the Voyageurs National Park. Coming from the inner city it was my first time in the wilderness. I so enjoyed the area that I bought a cabin in the BWCA twenty years later.”