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Gov. Walz announces upcoming vacancies on the Minnesota Court of Appeals


May 4, 2023

Contact: Claire Lancaster



Governor Walz Announces Upcoming Vacancies on the Minnesota Court of Appeals


[ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz today announced two vacancies on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. These vacancies will occur upon the retirement of the Honorable Denise D. Reilly and the Honorable Lucinda E. Jesson. Judge Reilly and Judge Jesson both serve in an at-large capacity. Governor Walz has asked a merit selection panel consisting of leadership in the Governor’s Office, the chair of the Commission on Judicial Selection, and the at-large members of the commission to solicit applicants, review candidates, and recommend finalists for appointment.

The panel 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 Governor is seeking applicants who reflect Minnesota’s full diversity. 

The application process is now open for this vacancy. Individuals wishing to apply may request an application by contacting the Office of the Governor and Lt. Governor via e-mail at Only one application is required to be considered for both vacancies. Application materials are due by 4:00 pm on June 1 and should be addressed to Governor Tim Walz. 

For more information about the judicial selection process, please visit the Governor’s Judicial Appointments webpage.

For inquiries concerning the application process, please contact the Office of the Governor and Lt. Governor at


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