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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 of scheduled 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. 

(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. Document review is available once every two years. Mock interviews are available to candidates who have been selected to interview with the Commission or the Governor.


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


Current Judicial Vacancies


Commission on Judicial Selection Opens Application Process for Vacancy in the Ninth Judicial District


[ST. PAUL, MN] – The Commission on Judicial Selection announced a new vacancy occurring in Minnesota’s Ninth Judicial District. The vacancy will occur upon the retirement of the Honorable Charles H. LeDuc. This seat will be chambered in International Falls in Koochiching County.


The application process is now open for this vacancy. The Commission is searching for fair, experienced, and civic-minded individuals to serve on the bench and offer their talents and services to Minnesota’s judicial system. Per statute, the Commission will consider the following qualifications for judicial office: integrity, maturity, health (if job related), judicial temperament, legal knowledge, ability, experience, and community service. The Commission is seeking applicants who reflect Minnesota’s full diversity.


Individuals wishing to apply may request an application by contacting the Office of the Governor and Lt. Governor via e-mail at Application materials are due by close of business on Monday, September 14, 2020 and should be addressed to the Commission on Judicial Selection. The Commission expects to hold interviews in early October.


For more information about the judicial selection process, please visit our website:

For inquiries concerning the application process, please contact the Office of the Governor and Lt. Governor at




For inquiries concerning the application process, please contact Carl Dennis at


For more information about the judicial selection process, please visit:


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Minneapolis, MN 55402

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