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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 ( 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 or at (651) 201-3451.

Refer to the listings below regarding upcoming judicial vacancies. 

>>The Commission on Judicial Selection Announces Vacancies in the First Judicial District. 

The vacancies are created upon the upcoming retirements of the Honorable Terrence E. Conkel and the Honorable Michael R. Savre, and will both be chambered at Glencoe in McLeod 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 these vacancies.


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 A cover letter and resume should also be submitted with the application. Application materials are due by close of business on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Interviews are scheduled to be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 in Glencoe, MN.


For inquiries concerning the application process, please contact Lidya Makonnen at or at (651) 201-3451.

>>The Second Judicial District is seeking to fill a Court Referee position.

This position is appointed by the Chief Judge and serves at the pleasure of the Judges of the Second Judicial District.  This position works across court divisions with 
primary responsibility in family court matters and includes full case responsibility for all assigned family court cases.  Also included in the work of this position are domestic abuse, harassment, child protection and housing court matters as assigned.  Other case types may be included in the future.  The anticipated start date for this position is no later than May 1, 2017.

Find out more and apply online here.



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