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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 Fourth Judicial District

The Commission on Judicial Selection has announced that a judgeship vacancy is occurring in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District. The vacancy occurred upon the retirement of the Honorable Bruce A. Peterson and will be chambered at Minneapolis in Hennepin 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 8, 2019 and should be addressed to the Chair of the Commission, Ms. Lola Velazquez-Aguilu. Interviews are scheduled to be held on Thursday, July 25, 2019.  
 
For inquiries concerning the application process, please Carl Dennis at Carl.Dennis@state.mn.us or at (651) – 201 – 3433.


Complete details are available here.



>> Hennepin County has announced the opening of a Judicial Referee position.


Hennepin County District Court is seeking to fill a Judicial Referee position in our Family Court. The appointment will be made by the Hennepin County District Court Chief Judge.

This position supports the Branch's mission of serving individuals and families by increasing access to justice for all citizens in the State of Minnesota.

This position will be located in the Family Justice Center, downtown Minneapolis. This position may be reassigned to other areas of the court as needed.

Candidates with questions about this position may e-mail or call Melanie Johnson, Judicial Staffing Coordinator, Email: 4thRecruitment@courts.state.mn.us; Phone: (612)348-2298.

Complete details are available here.


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


The Commission on Judicial Selection has announced that a judgeship vacancy is occurring in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District. The vacancy occurred upon the retirement of the Honorable David C. Higgs and will be chambered at Saint Paul in Ramsey 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 Tuesday, July 9, 2019 and should be addressed to the Chair of the Commission, Ms. Lola Velazquez-Aguilu. Interviews are scheduled to be held on Thursday, July 25, 2019.  
 
For inquiries concerning the application process, please 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 First Judicial District.


The Commission on Judicial Selection has announced that a judgeship vacancy is occurring in Minnesota’s First Judicial District. The vacancy will occur upon the retirement of the Honorable Thomas W. Pugh and will be chambered at Hastings in Dakota 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 10, 2019 and should be addressed to the Chair of the Commission, Ms. Lola Velazquez-Aguilu. Interviews are scheduled to be held on Monday, July 29, 2019.  
 
For inquiries concerning the application process, please Carl Dennis at Carl.Dennis@state.mn.us or at (651) – 201 – 3433.


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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