Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed two new judges in Ramsey County:
- St. Paul City Attorney Sara Grewing
- Nicole Starr, an assistant public defender
They replace Judges Paulette Flynn and Gregg Johnson, who have retired.
MinnPost readers first met Grewing in 2007, when St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman made her his chief of staff. Previously, she’d been state director for Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and had worked for Klobuchar as an assistant Hennepin County attorney, in the Administration and White Collar divisions, served as an attorney at Flaherty and Hood, and been an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law.
In 2010, Coleman appointed Grewing to the St. Paul City Attorney job. She also serves on the William Mitchell College of Law board, the Board of Directors for the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation and the President’s Leadership Circle of Minnesota Women Lawyers.
Starr now specializes in forensic science for the Public Defender’s Office. She’s of counsel with the Hellmuth and Johnson law firm. She’d been a law clerk for Judge Katherine Roe in Hennepin County and for Honorable Justice Zakeria Mohammed Yacoob in the Constitutional Court of South Africa.
Starr is a former board member of the YWCA of the USA and is currently an executive board member of the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association.