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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

 

>> Governor Dayton Has Announced an Upcoming Vacancy on the Minnesota Supreme Court

 

Governor Mark Dayton has announced the commencement of a process to fill a vacancy on the Minnesota Supreme Court, created upon the United States Senate’s confirmation of the appointment of Associate Justice David R. Stras to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. 


Governor Dayton has asked the Commission on Judicial Selection to aid in the review and selection process for this vacancy. The at-large members of the Commission will consider applicants and offer recommendations to Governor Dayton. The Commission on Judicial Selection and Governor Dayton are committed to seeking out individuals who possess great integrity, extensive legal knowledge, broad experience, and a commitment to fairness.

 

The application process is now open for this vacancy. An individual wishing to apply may request an application by contacting Andrew Olson, Assistant Chief of Staff for Appointments, via email at Andrew.c.olson@state.mn.us. Application materials are due by the close of business on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. The Commission will conduct interviews on Friday, March 16, 2018.

 

For inquiries concerning the application process, please contact Andrew Olson at Andrew.c.olson@state.mn.us or at (651) 201-3413. More information on the Commission on Judicial Selection, as well as the vacancies it is currently considering, can be found at http://mn.gov/governor/appointments/judicial-appointments/.

 


>>The State of Minnesota Has Announced a Compensation Judge Position

Perform highly responsible professional legal and quasi-judicial work in the field of workers' compensation.  Conduct judicial hearings, make decisions, hear witnesses and counsel, examine briefs, interpret law, and make benefit determinations in workers’ compensation matters
.Applications must be received by Saturday, March 3, 2018.

The full public notice, application instructions, and application form are available on the Court's website HERE.

If you have questions about the position, contact Michele Lardani at michele.lardani@state.mn.us or 651.361.7834.




>> The State of Minnesota Has Announced an Administrative Law Judge Position 


Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) perform highly responsible professional legal and quasi-judicial administrative law work for the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH).  Public agencies are required to provide due process of law when taking actions that may adversely affect the legal rights, responsibilities, or privileges of citizens and businesses.  Due process includes providing notice of the proposed action, the opportunity for a hearing, and other specific procedural safeguards. Applications must be received by Saturday, March 3, 2018.

The full public notice, application instructions, and application form are available on the Court's website HERE.

If you have questions about the position, contact Michele Lardani at michele.lardani@state.mn.us or 651.361.7834.




>> The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota


The term of office for a full-time magistrate judge is eight years; incumbents may be reappointed to successive terms.

The duties include presiding over initial proceedings in criminal cases; trials of misdemeanor cases, including petty offenses; pretrial matters and other proceedings in civil and criminal cases; conducting civil settlement conferences; and disposition of civil cases with the consent of the parties. The basic authority of a U.S. Magistrate Judge is specified in in 28 U.S.C. § 636 and Local Rule 72.1

The full public notice, application instructions, and application form are available on the Court's website HERE.

Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Central Time on Friday, March 9, 2018.



>> The Commission on Judicial Selection Has Announced a Judgeship Vacancy in the Third Judicial District


The Commission on Judicial Selection announced that a judgeship vacancy is occurring in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District. This vacancy will occur upon the retirement of the Honorable Terrence M. Walters, and will be chambered at Wabasha in Wabasha County. 

An individual wishing to apply may request an application by writing to Lee E. Sheehy, Chair of the Commission on Judicial Selection, at 130 State Capitol, 75 Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55155, or by contacting Megan Jablonski Johnson, Judicial Appointments Coordinator, via e-mail at a Megan.JablonskiJohnson@state.mn.us. A cover letter and resume should also be submitted with the application. Application materials are due by close of business on Thursday, March 15, 2018. Interviews are scheduled to be held on Friday, March 30, 2018. 

 

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

View complete details 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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