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Governor Walz Announces Appointment to Fill First Judicial District Vacancy

6/26/2019 12:12:46 PM

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[ST. PAUL, MN] – Today, Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointment of Patrick Goggins as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s First Judicial District. Mr. Goggins will be replacing the Honorable Martha Simonett and will be chambered at Le Center in Le Sueur County.

“I am honored to appoint Patrick Goggins as a District Court Judge in the First Judicial District,” said Governor Walz. “He displays a deep understanding of the legal issues facing his community, particularly from his experience working in the Le Sueur County Drug Court. He will serve the people of the First Judicial District well.”

“I was impressed with Patrick’s commitment to community and fairness,” said Lieutenant Governor Flanagan. “His legal experience is well-rounded, and he is well prepared to take on this judicial appointment.”

Minnesota’s First Judicial District consists of Carver, Dakota, Goodhue, Le Sueur, McLeod, Scott and Sibley Counties.

About Patrick Goggins
Patrick Goggins is a partner at Wornson Goggins law firm in New Prague. In addition to his law practice, he is also Defense Counsel at Le Sueur County Drug Court, and previously was an attorney at the First Judicial District Public Defender’s Office, and a law clerk in the Dakota County Attorney’s Office. Mr. Goggins is a former member of the St. Wenceslaus Grade School Board, former president of the New Prague Chamber of Commerce and the Eighth District Bar Association.

He received his B.A. from St. Norbert College and his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law.

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