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Public defender Jill Eichenwald Cornwell named to Duluth judgeship

Gov. Mark Dayton has named Jill Eichenwald Cornwell to a judge position in Duluth, replacing Judge John DeSanto, who has retired. DeSanto had been the prosecutor in the Congdon murder cases in Duluth in the 1970s.

Eichenwald Cornwell has been the managing attorney in the 6th Judicial District’s public defender’s office in Duluth.

Before the public defender’s office, she’d been in private practice and was an adjunct instructor at the College of St. Scholastica. She earned her B.A. from the College of St. Scholastica and her J.D. from the Hamline University School of Law.

She also is a trainer for the Head of the Lakes Crisis Intervention Training Collaborative, the secretary of the Board of Directors for Center City Housing Corporation, and a member of the South St. Louis County DUI Court team.

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