Minneapolis attorney Diane Bratvold, St. Paul Deputy City Attorney Portia Hampton-Flowers and Ninth Judicial District Court Judge John Smith are the finalists for the Court of Appeals chosen by the Commission on Judicial Selection. The appointed judge will fill the vacancy created by Judge Wilhelmina Wright’s appointment to the Supreme Court.
Bratvold is currently a shareholder with Briggs and Morgan P.A. and is an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Previously, she was a partner and associate attorney with Rider Bennett, LLP and an attorney with Fettelry & Gordon P.A. Throughout her practice, Bratvold has focused on civil appeals and advice to clients and trial counsel.
Hampton-Flowers is a Deputy City Attorney for the City of St. Paul where she manages the Civil Litigation Division and represents the city in various civil lawsuits. Prior to working with the City of St. Paul, she served as the Litigation Manager and Claims Officer for the Minnesota Department of Corrections and as the Assistant Attorney General for the State of Minnesota. Hampton-Flowers has also been a faculty member for Metropolitan State University and the Minnesota Institute of Legal Education.
Judge Smith has served as a Ninth Judicial District Court judge since his appointment by Governor Arne Carlson in 1991. He has served as both Chief Judge and Assistant Chief Judge of the Ninth Judicial District, and has served as Vice Chair of the Minnesota Judicial Council. He is the current President of the Minnesota District Judges Association. Prior to his appointment in 1991, Judge Smith was a civil trial specialist with the firm of Smith and Hunter.
The interviews will take place over the next few weeks.