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The appellate court picks are in

Gov. Tim Pawlenty has made his choices for three newly created positions on Minnesota’s Court of Appeals. Selected to serve on the appellate court are Hennepin County District Court judges Heidi Schellhas (top left) and Francis Connolly (top right), as well as Minneapolis attorney Matthew Johnson (bottom).

Schellhas has been on the court since 1996, while Connolly has been serving since 1998. Johnson is a shareholder with Halleland, Lewis, Nilan and Johnson, practicing in the areas of labor and employment, commercial litigation and appellate litigation. The three new appellate jurists will take their seats on the bench next January.

Pawlenty has previously appointed three other judges to the Court of Appeals — Kevin Ross, Renee Worke and Christopher Dietzen — which now has a total of 19 judges.

Not to be lost in all the hubbub surrounding the three new court picks is the fact that Pawlenty has also extended the run of Edward Toussaint, Jr. as chief judge of the Court of Appeals. Toussaint was given another three-year term in a post he has held since 1995.

Minnesota Lawyer will seek to interview the latest appellate court picks for future issues of the paper. Be sure to keep an eye out for them!

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