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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

  

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

For inquiries concerning the judicial application process, please contact Lidya Makonnen at lidya.makonnen@state.mn.us or at (651) 201-3451.

Refer to the listings below regarding upcoming judicial vacancies. 



>>The Commission on Judicial Selection Announces Vacancy in Minnesota's First Judicial District 

The vacancy is created upon the upcoming retirement of the Honorable Diane M. Hanson, chambered at Shakopee in Scott County.

 

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. The following qualities will be considered for judicial office: integrity, maturity, health (if job related), judicial temperament, legal knowledge, ability, experience, and community service. The application process is now open for this vacancy.

 

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 Lidya Makonnen, Appointments Coordinator, via e-mail at Lidya.makonnen@state.mn.us. A cover letter and resume should also be submitted with the application. Application materials are due by close of business on Friday, June 30, 2017. Interviews are scheduled to be held on Thursday, July 20, 2017.

 

For inquiries concerning the application process, please contact Lidya Makonnen at lidya.makonnen@state.mn.us or at (651) 201-3451.


Complete details are available here.



>>The Commission on Judicial Selection Announces 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 Debra A. Jacobson, and will be chambered at Rochester in Olmsted County. 

 

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. The following qualities will be considered for judicial office: integrity, maturity, health (if job related), judicial temperament, legal knowledge, ability, experience, and community service.

 

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 Kin; g Jr. Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55155, or by contacting Lidya Makonnen, Appointments Coordinator, via e-mail at a Lidya.makonnen@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 17, 2017. Interviews are scheduled to be held on Wednesday, August 2, 2017.

 

For inquiries concerning the application process, please contact Lidya Makonnen at lidya.makonnen@state.mn.us or at (651) 201-3451.

Complete details are available here.




>> The Commission on Judicial Selection Announces Vacancies in the Fourth Judicial District

The Commission on Judicial Selection has announced that two judgeship vacancies are occurring in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District. These vacancies are created upon the upcoming retirements of the Honorable Lyonel Norris and the Honorable Thomas M. Sipkins, and will be chambered at Minneapolis in Hennepin 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 Lidya Makonnen, Appointments Coordinator, via e-mail at a Lidya.makonnen@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 18, 2017. Interviews are scheduled to be held on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 in Minneapolis.

 

For inquiries concerning the application process, please contact Lidya Makonnen at lidya.makonnen@state.mn.us or at (651) 201-3451.

Complete details are available here.



 







 

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