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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 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.

>>Governor Dayton Announces Upcoming Vacancy on Minnesota Court of Appeals

Governor Mark Dayton announced the commencement of a process to fill an upcoming Eighth Congressional District vacancy on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. This vacancy will occur upon the retirement of the Honorable Lawrence B. Stauber at the end of May.


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. Only persons who have resided in the Eighth Congressional District for at least one year shall be eligible. An individual wishing to apply may request an application by contacting Lidya Makonnen, Appointments Coordinator, via email at Application materials are due by close of business on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Interviews are scheduled to be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 in Duluth.


For inquiries concerning the application process, please contact Lidya Makonnen at or at (651) 201-3451. More information on the Commission on Judicial Selection, as well as the vacancies it is currently considering, can be found at


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