The Commission on Judicial Selection has named three finalists for a seat on the Seventh District Bench. They are Judge Richard Osburn, Karl Schmidt and Leonard Weiler.
This vacancy was created upon the retirement of the Honorable Skipper J. Pearson. The judgeship will be chambered at Milaca in Mille Lacs County.
Osburn currently serves as the tribal judge for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe where he is responsible for hearing all civil, criminal, juvenile, and child welfare petitions, complaints and motions. Previously, he served as the Senior Deputy Solicitor General for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. He also worked as an assistant prosecutor with the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma.
Schmidt serves as a Senior Assistant Benton County Attorney where he is responsible for prosecuting the majority of adult felony cases assigned to the office. He previously worked as an Assistant Benton County Attorney and as an Assistant Public Defender with the Seventh Judicial District Public Defender’s office.
Weiler works as the Managing Attorney for the Seventh Judicial District Public Defender’s office where he manages public defender operations within Stearns County. He previously served as an Assistant District Public Defender and was the Head Law Clerk and Investigator for the Ramsey County Public Defender’s office.
The Seventh Judicial District consists of Becker, Benton, Clay, Douglas, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Stearns, Todd and Wadena counties.
An announcement of the appointment will be made following an interview process over the next few weeks.