Gov. Mark Dayton has filled two openings on the state Court of Appeals by appointing state Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson and Tracy Smith, the deputy general counsel for the University of Minnesota, to the court.
The two will replace Judge Natalie Hudson, who was appointed earlier this year to the Minnesota Supreme Court, and Judge John P. Smith, who is retiring.
Dayton had appointed Jesson to the Human Services commissioner job in 2011. The department has a $36 billion budget, 6,200 employees and operates programs serving more than a million Minnesotans.
Smith’s job at the U of M has been to handle general litigation in state and federal district and appellate courts. That has included many many legal issues, including employment law, constitutional law, antitrust and business tort claims.