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Application period extended for Minnesota Supreme Court openings

The application period for candidates interested in being appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court has been extended to June 30.

The Commission on Judicial Selection already has been taking applications to fill the spot that will be vacated when Justice Alan Page faces mandatory retirement this summer. Apparently, the commission wants more options than it has seen so far.

The governor’s office says the commission, which will consider applicants and make recommendations to Gov. Mark Dayton, extended the application period “to ensure the broadest possible applicant pool.”

In addition, Dayton will have another Supreme Court appointment to make, with the expected departure of Justice Mimi Wright, who has been nominated for a federal judgeship and is awaiting confirmation.

Extending the application process for Page’s spot could also help fill this second vacancy on the state Supreme Court, officials said.

The announcement of the extension says:

An individual wishing to apply may request an application by contacting Andrew Olson, Deputy Director of Appointments, via email at andrew.c.olson@state.mn.us. Application materials are due by close of business, Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Steve Hoffman on 05/19/2015 - 12:19 pm.

    Taking applications?

    Well land o’ Goshen, I’d best get down there and apply right away! No, I have absolutely no legal experience, but hear me out: I’ve found that, given a one-paragraph summary of any case coming before the US Supreme Court, I can, with 100% accuracy, predict how Clarence Thomas will vote on it. So, if I can do the job of a sitting US Supreme Court justice that well, I should certainly be able to handle the Minnesota Supreme Court.

  2. Submitted by James Hamilton on 05/20/2015 - 09:45 am.

    And I thought Gov. Dayton

    already had made his selection. Perhaps his appointee missed the application deadline.

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