Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 2nd Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz

July 30, 2019
Contact: Teddy Tschann

Commission on Judicial Selection recommends Second 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 Second Judicial District. This vacancy occurred upon the retirement of the Honorable David C. Higgs and will be chambered at St. Paul in Ramsey County.

Reynaldo Aligada: Mr. Aligada is currently the First Assistant Federal Defender at the Office of the Federal Defender in Minneapolis, where he represents clients charged with a wide variety of federal criminal offenses. Mr. Aligada was previously an assistant federal defender in the Office of the Federal Defender and an Associate Attorney at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, L.L.P. His community involvement includes the Community Outreach Committee for the Federal Bar Association, the Federal Practice Committee, the Mitchell Hamline School of Law Board of Trustees, several bar associations, and other organizations.

Kellie Charles: Ms. Charles is a senior attorney in the Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office where she has worked since 1997. In her current position she supervises lawyers and support staff on the Treatment Court Team, the Appeals and Special Litigation Team, and the Felony Probation Revocation Team. Ms. Charles represents clients and serves on the steering committees in Hennepin County’s Veteran’s Court, Model Drug Court, Mental Health Court and DWI Court.  She is an adjunct professor of Advanced Trial Advocacy and Appellate Advocacy at Mitchell Hamline College of Law.  Her community involvement includes the Supreme Court Historical Society; Family Shelter at Cretin-Derham Hall High School; past president of AFSCME Local 2938.

Edward Sheu: Mr. Sheu is currently a partner at Best & Flanagan LLP where he was worked for 15 years. During his time at Best & Flanagan he has handled a diverse case load which includes litigation, trials, and other dispute resolution in all practice areas, which includes state and federal courts. Previously, Mr. Sheu was a Law Clerk for the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Sheu’s community involvement includes being the Vice Chair of St. Paul’s District 10 Community Council, volunteering at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, several bar associations, and other organizations.

Minnesota’s Second Judicial District consists of Ramsey County.