University of Denver

Minnesota: Judicial Selection Commission Nominated Four Supreme Court Candidates (Updated)

Former Senior Director

For Governor Dayton’s first appointment to the supreme court, the judicial selection commission nominated four candidates, including a U.S. attorney and three judges. The vacancy was created by Justice Helen Meyer’s retirement. Though not required to do so by the statute authorizing a merit selection process for filling judicial vacancies between elections, the governor appointed one of the commission’s nominees—court of appeals judge Wilhemina Wright. She will be the first African-American woman to serve on the court.