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Commission on Judicial Selection Announces Vacancies in the First Judicial District

10/31/2019 1:17:16 PM

[ST. PAUL, MN] – The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today that two judgeship vacancies are occurring in Minnesota’s First Judicial District. The vacancies will occur upon the retirements of the Honorable Lawrence Clark and the Honorable Karen Asphaug. The position created by Judge Clark’s retirement will be chambered at Red Wing in Goodhue County. The position created by Judge Asphaug’s retirement will be chambered at Hastings in Dakota County.

The Commission is searching for fair, experienced, and civic-minded individuals to serve on the bench and offer their talents and services to Minnesota’s judicial system. The following qualities will be considered for judicial office: integrity, maturity, health (if job related), judicial temperament, legal knowledge, ability, experience, and community service. The application process is now open for these vacancies.

An individual wishing to apply may request an application by contacting Carl Dennis, Judicial Appointments Coordinator, via e-mail at A cover letter and resume should also be submitted with the application. Application materials are due by close of business on Thursday, November 21, 2019 and should be addressed to the Chair of the Commission, Ms. Lola Velazquez-Aguilu. Interviews are scheduled to be held on Friday, December 20, 2019.

For inquiries concerning the application process, please contact Carl Dennis at or at (651)-201-3433.

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