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Four finalists named to replace Helen Meyer

The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today it is recommending four candidates to Gov. Mark Dayton for consideration to fill the vacancy on Minnesota’s Supreme Court with the retirement of Justice Helen Meyer later this month.

They are:

Judge Tanya M. Bransford serves as a District Court Judge within Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial Districy. She was appointed in 1994 and currently manages a block of 175 civil, felony drug and property cases and has worked as the presiding Juvenile Court Judge.

Prior to her appointment, Bransford was a District Court Referee for Hennepin County’s Juvenile Division, and also served as a Workers’ Compensation Judge with the Office of Administrative Hearings. She is the co-chair and founding member of the Supreme Court’s Committee for Equality and Justice and is also a founding member of Youthprise.

Judge Margaret H. Chutich serves as an at-large Judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Chutich previously served as Assistant Dean at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and was Deputy Attorney General of the Law Enforcement Section with the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. She also served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota. Sheis a member of the Minnesota Women Lawyers’ Advisory Council and is a director of the YWCA of Minneapolis.

 David L. Lillehaug is an officer and shareholder with Fredrikson & Byron in Minneapolis and his practice focuses on public law and complex litigation — civil, criminal and administrative — with a particular emphasis on state and federal constitutional issues. Previously, he was the United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota. He serves on the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Mock Trial Program Advisory Committee and on three non-profit boards.

 Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright serves as an at-large Judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Prior to her appointment, Wright served as a District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Economic Crime and Major Crimes Sections.

She currently serves on the Minnesota Judicial Council’s Committee for Equality and Justice, the Minnesota Women Lawyers Advisory Board and the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs Advisory Council.

Dayton’s office says the appointment will be made “after after he completes the interview process” but did not provide a specific date. This will be Dayton’s first Supreme Court appointment.

 

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