Who should fill the vacant MN Supreme Court seat?

The Commission on Judicial Selection has forwarded the names of three candidates Gov. Mark Dayton will consider for the vacant seat on the state supreme court, reports MPR News reporter Tim Pugmire.

Here are short bios of the three candidates:

Judge Margaret H. Chutich: Judge Chutich serves as an at-large Judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. She previously served as Assistant Dean at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, as Deputy Attorney General of the Law Enforcement Section with the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, and as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota. After clerking for the Honorable Diana E. Murphy in the United States District Court, Judge Chutich practiced with the law firms of Tanick & Heins and Opperman Heins & Paquin. Judge Chutich is a member of the Minnesota Women Lawyer’s Advisory Council and a former director of the YWCA of Minneapolis.

Judge Natalie E. Hudson: Judge Hudson serves as an at-large Judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Prior to her appointment to the Court of Appeals, she served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Minnesota in the Criminal Appeals and Health Licensing Divisions. Judge Hudson has also served as the City Attorney for the City of St. Paul, and was the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at the Hamline University School of Law. She is a member of the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division and is a member of the Minnesota Women Lawyers Advisory Board.

Susan L. Segal: Ms. Segal currently serves as the Minneapolis City Attorney, the chief legal officer for the city, where she manages an office with 65 attorneys and is responsible for all of the City’s legal work and adult misdemeanor/gross misdemeanor prosecution. She was first appointed as City Attorney in 2008. Previously, she was the Chief Civil Deputy for the Hennepin County Attorney, the owner of Susan Segal, PLLC, and a partner at Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett, PA. Ms. Segal is the Chair of the Hennepin County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee, a board member of the International Municipal Lawyers Association, and the immediate past President of the Minnesota City Attorney’s Association.

Today’s Question: Who should fill the vacant MN Supreme Court seat?

  • John Dilligaf

    I saw a comment here before lunch. Did it get “moderated”? If so, what was too offensive about it? It implied that the governor wouldn’t appoint someone without a leftist viewpoint and pointed out that all three were female, and were the roles reversed that they were all male, it would be a big problem for some people.

    • Ulysses Tennyson

      Uh-oh I got permanently 86’d from Bob Collins” blog after questioning the party line a bit too pointedly and I fear you may have strayed beyond the ideological comfort zone of our local “public” radio affiliate as well.

      • Pearly

        I got 86’d also 🙁

        • Ulysses Tennyson

          BAD commentator! VERY bad!

  • Martha

    I worry that NPR will lose its public funding after the election when the research keeps showing NPR indeed has a strong liberal bias supporting Progressive views while they tend to be absent reporting and/or denigrating any conservative views.
    For example, has anyone see a full story with both viewpoints about the recent Planned Parenthood abortions and selling baby parts, other than Fox_ I have not seen the other media report in depth. Clinton’s prior campaign adviser,George Stephanoplis, last Sunday asked a few questions of the president of PP but di no follow up questions when she skirted the issue.
    Re: Dayton’s appointee_ where are the Senate hearings to ask the real questions such as “do you support Obama’s recent act to grant illegals amnesty, although he bypassed Congress and made his own law-illegally?…and what is your legal view on how he has asked his Attorney General to NOT enforce the laws on the books”

    • Yanotha Twangai

      Remarkable. I can’t find a single thing in that post that’s even remotely connected to the question, even when you seemed to indicate you were addressing it.

  • Ulysses Tennyson

    Well, I would have suggested one of the many unemployed former Public Radio staffers.Then I decided togive the recently-canceled “Wits” a listen after reading Bob Collins’ description of it as “hip”. Imagine my shock and dismay when I found yet another bit of generic, formulaic, boring, baby-boomer bait. And of course we wouldn’t want our revered Supreme Court to be like that.

    • Ulysses Tennyson

      BTW Bob, I’m from the Boston area too and I used to listen to WBUR all the time, long before the Tappets were even heard of. But then maybe I just wasn’t that hip.