Retiring Supreme Court Justice Meyer to join William Mitchell law school

When State Supreme Court Justice Helen Meyer retires from the court Friday, she’ll take a position as a “distinguished jurist in residence” at the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul.

Minnesota Lawyer says the school reports that Meyer “will keep an office on campus, work with the school’s Child Protection Clinic, which she helped establish last year, and mentor students. Currently, Meyer serves on the board of trustees at the school and the advisory board of the Child Protection Clinic.”

She was appointed by then-Gov. Jesse Ventura in 2002 and was elected twice (in 2004 and 2010) to six-year terms. Her resignation will give Gov. Mark Dayton his first appointment to the state Supreme Court, and he’s considering four finalists for the job:

  • Judge Tanya M. Bransford, a District Court judge in Hennepin County since 1994. Previously she was a District Court referee for Hennepin County’s Juvenile Division.
  • Judge Margaret H. Chutich, an at-large judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. She has been an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Minnesota.  
  • David L. Lillehaug, an attorney with Fredrikson & Byron and former U.S. attorney for the District of Minnesota. He was an attorney for Sen. Al Franken during the 2008 recount and for Gov. Dayton in his 2010 recount.
  • Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright, an at-large judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals and former District Court judge in St. Paul.

Minnesota Lawyer says other retiring judges and justices also have ended up at Mitchell:

  • Former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz was a distinguished jurist in residence in 2006;
  • Donald Lay, former chief judge of the Eighth Circuit, served as a distinguished professor of law from 1996 to 2000 and
  • Former Chief Judge of Minnesota’s Appeals Court Edward Toussaint is currently a distinguished professor of law.

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