Stephen Smith named new judge in Ramsey County

Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed Stephen Smith to a judge position in Ramsey County.

He replaces Judge Joanne Smith (no relation), who retired earlier this year.

Stephen Smith has been an assistant state public defender for 14 years; he also has a private law firm, where he has handled employment, criminal and civil rights cases.

He is a member of the Minnesota Association for Justice, the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers.

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