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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 10th Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 11, 2019
Contact: Teddy Tschann
teddy.tschann@state.mn.us
651-402-8841

Commission on Judicial Selection Recommends Tenth Judicial District Candidates to Governor Walz 

[ST. PAUL, MN] – The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today it is recommending three candidates for consideration to fill the current vacancy in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District. This vacancy occurred upon the resignation of the Honorable Daniel A. O’Fallon and will be chambered at the city of Anoka in Anoka County.

Suzanne Brown: Ms. Brown is currently head of the criminal division in the Scott County Attorney’s Office, where she handles criminal cases that include homicide, criminal sexual conduct, assault, property crimes, and drug offenses. Previously, Brown was an assistant Scott County attorney in Scott County, and her work within the Adult Criminal Division earned her an award from the Minnesotans for Safe Driving for “extraordinary efforts and dedication to public safety.” Her community involvement includes the Minnesota Department of Education Bias and Sensitivity Advisory Panel, the 11th District Community Curriculum Advisory Council, the 11th District Student Services Committee, and several local organizations found within Scott County. 

Jessica Rugani: Ms. Rugani is currently an assistant attorney within the Criminal Division of the Anoka County Attorney’s Office. Within this role, Rugani designed and implemented Minnesota’s first pre-charge diversion program in 2008, and she continues to draft recommendations for drug prosecution policies that favor treatment and shorter probation over incarceration. Previously, Rugani was an assistant attorney for the City of Minneapolis, serving on a two-person team that prosecuted Minneapolis’ top 100 most-prolific misdemeanants. Her community involvement includes the Minnesota Alliance on Crime, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of Anoka County Attorney’s Office, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, and other bar associations.

Robin Wolpert: Ms. Wolpert is currently an attorney in the Sapientia Law Group, focusing on white-collar criminal defense and business litigation. She also provides low bono work for state criminal and civil matters. Previously, Wolpert was an assistant Washington County attorney in the Criminal Division of the Washington County Attorney’s Office. Wolpert’s community involvement includes the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board, the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, the Merit Selection Panel for the US District Court for the District of Minnesota, and the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District consists of Anoka, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Pine, Sherburne, Washington, and Wright Counties.