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MWL Judicial Resources


Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL) provides resources and support to MWL members who are considering seeking appointment to the judiciary. The Committee also assists in preparing MWL members for the judicial appointment process.

Assistance Provided by Minnesota Women Lawyers

 

(1) Offering "You Can Be A Judge” seminars where newly appointed judges, members of the Commission on Judicial Selection, and staff from the Governor's Office discuss the judicial appointment process and give tips and suggestions to interested candidates.  

 

(2) Offering document reviews for applicants who want constructive feedback and review of their application, cover letter, resume, and other written submissions to the Commission before such documents are submitted;

(3) Offering mock interview sessions for applicants who want interview practice in anticipation for interviews with the Commission or the Governor;

(4) Collecting information from candidates and judicial appointees about the application and interview process in an effort to better prepare our members for the same.

(5) Providing MWL members with information about upcoming judicial vacancies; and

(6) Recruiting well qualified MWL members for positions on the bench with a view toward increasing the overall diversity of the MN bench and the quality of the applicant pool.

 

Please note that the mock interview and document review services are limited to MWL members only.

 

For more information about these efforts, or to get involved in supporting these activities, please contact MWL Executive Director Debra Pexa (dpexa@mwlawyers.org or 612/338-3205)..

 

Current Judicial Vacancies

 


>>The Commission on Judicial Selection has announced a vacancy in the Seventh Judicial District


The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that a judgeship vacancy is occurring in Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District. The vacancy will occur upon the retirement of the Honorable Michael D. Fritz to Becker County. The judgeship will be chambered at Moorhead in Clay County.

An individual wishing to apply may request an application by contacting Carl Dennis, Judicial Appointments Coordinator, via e-mail at Carl.Dennis@state.mn.us. A cover letter and resume should also be submitted with the application. Application materials are due by close of business on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 and should be addressed to the Chair of the Commission, Ms. Lola Velazquez-Aguilu. Interviews are scheduled to be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. 

For inquiries concerning the application process, please contact Carl Dennis at Carl.Dennis@state.mn.us or at (651)-201-3433.

Complete details are available here.


>>The Commission on Judicial Selection has announced a vacancy in the Sixth Judicial District


The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that a judgeship vacancy is occurring in Minnesota’s Sixth Judicial District. The vacancy will occur upon the retirement of the Honorable Gary J. Pagliaccetti and will be chambered at City of Virginia in St. Louis County.

An individual wishing to apply may request an application by contacting Carl Dennis, Judicial Appointments Coordinator, via e-mail at Carl.Dennis@state.mn.us. A cover letter and resume should also be submitted with the application. Application materials are due by close of business on Monday, July 29, 2019 and should be addressed to the Chair of the Commission, Ms. Lola Velazquez-Aguilu. Interviews are scheduled to be held on Monday, August 19, 2019. 

For inquiries concerning the application process, please contact Carl Dennis at Carl.Dennis@state.mn.us or at (651)-201-3433.

Complete details are available here.



>>Governor Walz has announced two Judgeship vacancies are occurring on Minnesota's Court of Appeals


These vacancies will occur upon the retirements later this year of the Honorable Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks and the Honorable Heidi S. Schellhas. Judge Halbrooks’ seat represents the Fifth Congressional District and Judge Schellhas serves in an at-large capacity. Governor Walz has asked a panel consisting of leadership in the Governor’s Office, the Chair of the Commission on Judicial Selection, and the at-large members that Commission, to solicit applicants, review candidates, and recommend finalists for appointment.

An individual wishing to apply may request an application by contacting Carl Dennis, Judicial Appointments Coordinator, via e-mail at Carl.Dennis@state.mn.us. Only one application is required to apply for both vacancies, however, only applicants that have resided in the Fifth Congressional District for at least one year are eligible to be considered for Judge Halbrooks’ seat. A cover letter and resume should also be submitted with the application. Application materials are due by close of business on Thursday, August 15, 2019 and should be addressed to Governor Tim Walz. 

Complete details are available here.









View the State of Minnesota District Judge Application Procedures document 
HERE.

For inquiries concerning the judicial application process, please contact Megan Jablonski Johnson at megan.jablonskijohnson@state.mn.us or at (651) 201-3451.

 

 

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