Commission on Judicial Selection Recommends Candidates from the First Judicial District to Governor Tim Walz | New


The Judicial Selection Commission has announced that it is recommending four candidates for consideration to fill a vacant position in Minnesota’s First Judicial District.

The post has become vacant due to the retirement of Judge Kathryn D. Messerich. The headquarters are chambered in Hastings, Dakota County.

Bryce ehrman

Bryce ehrman

Bryce ehrman

Ehrman is an assistant lawyer for Scott County, where he represents social services in child protection proceedings.

He is also a member of the Scott County Treatment Court and the Scott County Veterans Treatment Court.

Previously, he served as Guardian ad Litem Coordinator in the First Judicial District, Deputy Attorney for Sibley County and Partner at Schauer Law Firm.

Ehrman’s legal experience includes the prosecution of criminal offenses, juvenile delinquency, child protection and private civil practice.

His community involvement includes serving as a member of the Chaska Lions Club board of directors, district ethics committee investigator, and volunteer MSBA mock trial judge.

Ehrman also serves as a mentor for students at Shakopee High School and Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

Valisa McKinney

Valisa McKinney

Valisa McKinney

McKinney is a child support magistrate in the Second Judicial District.

Prior to becoming a magistrate, she worked as an assistant county attorney in the Child Support Enforcement Division of the Dakota County Attorney’s Office.

McKinney was previously an attorney with Regional Legal Services in Southern Minnesota, where she represented low-income clients in child protection cases involving India’s Child Protection Act, as well as in child protection cases. dissolution and custody.

She also worked in the Adult Prosecution Unit of the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office.

McKinney has served on various boards, including Legal Assistance of Dakota County and the board of directors of the Minnesota Family Support and Recovery Council.

She is a member of the Judges Association of Minnesota Dance Teams and a judge of dance competitions at the college, high school and university levels.

Stacey Sorensen

Stacey Sorensen

Stacey Sorensen

Sorensen is legal counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.

His legal practice includes personal injury, premises liability, commercial liability, workers’ compensation, and complex insurance litigation.

In addition, Sorensen is an Assistant Professor in the Advocacy Program at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

She is a Civil Litigation Specialist certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association. She has served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and a volunteer faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

Sorensen leads a mock trial in high school and sits on the board of directors of the Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented (MCGT), as well as the Prior Lake chapter of MCGT.

Sarah wendorf

Sarah wendorf

Sarah wendorf

Wendorf is the deputy chief county attorney in the Scott County Attorney’s Office, where she advises the county attorney on policy decisions affecting criminal and civil proceedings.

Wendorf previously worked as Director of the Criminal Division and as Scott County Deputy Attorney.

She has practiced in the areas of adult criminal prosecution, juvenile delinquency and child protection.

Wendorf sits on many multidisciplinary and executive committees in Scott County.

In addition to her work in Scott County, Wendorf is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Cornerstone Advocacy Services.

She is also an active member of the Cornerstone Governance Committee, which works to implement diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

Wendorf’s other community involvement includes serving as a mock trial judge for Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School, a parent volunteer at St. Hubert School and a member of the music ministry at St. Hubert Church.

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