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Commission on Judicial Selection Opens Application Process for Vacancies in the Fourth Judicial District

7/6/2020 10:58:15 AM

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Today, the Commission on Judicial Selection announced three new vacancies occurring in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District. These vacancies will occur upon the retirements of the Honorable Fred Karasov and the Honorable Ronald L. Abrams, and the appointment of the Honorable Theodora K. Gaïtas to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. These seats are chambered in Minneapolis in Hennepin County.

The application process is now open for these vacancies. The Commission is searching for fair, experienced, and civic-minded individuals to serve on the bench and offer their talents to Minnesota’s judicial system. Per statute, the Commission will consider the following qualifications for judicial office: integrity, maturity, health (if job related), judicial temperament, legal knowledge, ability, experience, and community service. The Commission is seeking applicants who reflect Minnesota’s full diversity.

Individuals wishing to apply may request an application and application instructions by contacting Carl Dennis, Associate Director of Appointments, via e-mail at Only one application is required to apply for all three vacancies. Application materials are due by close of business on Monday, July 27, 2020 and should be addressed to the Chair of the Commission, Ms. Lola Velazquez-Aguilu. The Commission expects to hold interviews in early August 2020.

For inquiries concerning the application process, please contact Carl Dennis at

For more information about the judicial selection process, please visit our website:

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