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Gov. Dayton appoints Nancy Brasel, Philip Carruthers to fill Fourth Judicial District vacancies

September 14, 2011

Today, Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Ms. Nancy E. Brasel and Mr. Philip C. Carruthers as District Court Judges in Minnesota's Fourth Judicial District.  Ms. Brasel and Mr. Carruthers will be replacing the Honorable Gary R. Larson, who retired, and the Honorable Tony Leung, who resigned.
 
About the appointments, Governor Dayton said, “Both Ms. Brasel and Mr. Carruthers will make outstanding judges.  They bring to the bench real-world experience, as well as significant ties to the community.  I commend them both for their service to the people of Minnesota.”
 
Ms. Brasel is currently an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney's Office in the District of Minnesota. She serves in the Fraud and Public Corruption Section, handling cases related to economic crimes, including wire fraud, mail fraud, conspiracy, and tax evasion. Ms. Brasel also served in the OCDETF and Violent Crimes Section, where she handled narcotics and firearms cases, including the prosecution of gang activity. She was a partner at Greene Espel PLLP in Minneapolis from 2002 to 2008, having joined the firm in 1999, and was an associate attorney at Leonard, Street and Deinard from 1997 to 1999. Ms. Brasel earned a B.A. from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, in 1991; an M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993; and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1996.
 
Additionally, Ms. Brasel is former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Domestic Abuse Project. She is a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, volunteers at her children's school activities, and resides in Minneapolis with her family.
 
Mr. Carruthers is an attorney with the Ramsey County Attorney's Office and is the Director of the Civil Division, where he oversees all civil litigation involving the county and represents a number of county departments, including Budgeting & Accounting, the Charter Commission, and Elections.  He previously headed up the Prosecution Division of the County Attorney’s Office, where he started the Elder Abuse Unit and helped organize the Joint Domestic Abuse Prosecution Unit. Before joining the Ramsey County Attorney’s office, he was in private practice in Minneapolis for 21 years, practicing in civil litigation, criminal defense and as a prosecutor for several cities in western Hennepin County.  He earned a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Minnesota. 
 
Additionally, Mr. Carruthers was a Minnesota state representative and served as speaker of the House from 1997 to 1998. He was also president of North Hennepin Mediation Program, served on the board of Project Remand and of the Brooklyn Peacemaker Center, a juvenile diversion program in Brooklyn Center. He has been a Little League and soccer coach and resides in Minnetonka with his family.
 
Minnesota's Fourth Judicial District covers Hennepin county.
 
More information on Governor Dayton’s Judicial Selection Committee, as well as vacancies it is currently considering, can be found at http://mn.gov/governor/appointments/judicial-appointments/
 
Headshots of Ms. Brasel and Mr. Carruthers are attached.