Judicial Selection Commission recommends Fourth Judicial District candidates to Governor Walz


[ST. PAUL, MN] – The Judicial Selection Commission announced today that it is recommending five candidates for consideration to fill two vacancies in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District. These positions will be vacant upon the retirement of the Honorable Margaret A. Daly and the Honorable Kathleen D. Sheehy. These seats are chambered in Minneapolis in Hennepin County.

Flavio Abreu: Mr. Abreu is an Assistant City Attorney in the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office, where he prosecutes a variety of serious misdemeanor, misdemeanor and petty misdemeanor cases. Mr. Abreu is also an Assistant Professor at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, where he teaches advocacy and mentors law students. He previously worked in the Ramsey County Attorney‘s Office, where he pursued various child support cases. In his role as General Counsel for the past 16 years, Mr. Abreu has argued hundreds of motions and trial hearings and served as a mentor to new lawyers. He regularly collaborates with criminal justice partners and works with various public bodies and stakeholders. Originally from Brazil, Mr. Abreu is an active member of the Hispanic Bar Association of Minnesota and its outreach committee, recruiting and helping minorities enter and succeed in the legal field. Her role on the MHBA Outreach Committee is also to meet with local communities and under-represented members and educate them on a variety of legal issues and services.

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Amber Brennan: Ms. Brennan is Chief of the Firearms and Violent Crime Section of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota. In this role, she oversees prosecutors dealing with violent crimes and firearms cases, oversees the local implementation of federal initiatives against gun violence, and prosecutes fraud schemes, public corruption and other crimes. federal. Ms. Brennan is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, where she teaches litigation techniques. Previously, Ms. Brennan served as an assistant lawyer for Hennepin County, where she prosecuted cases involving mortgage fraud and other financial crimes. She has also served as the Assistant Attorney General of Minnesota and an attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, where she has represented low-income clients on housing and consumer protection issues, including predatory mortgages, foreclosure, illegal debt collection practices, landlord-tenant. housing problems and discrimination. Ms. Brennan co-founded a task force to recruit and train volunteer lawyers to represent victims of predatory loan scams and foreclosure rescue. His community involvement has included volunteering with Meals on Wheels and the youth basketball and football programs at Southwest High School and Pearl Park in Minneapolis.

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Rachel Hughey: Ms. Hughey is a partner and shareholder of Merchant & Gould, where she argues complex commercial disputes in state and federal courts in Minnesota and across the country. She is a member and past chair of the pro bono committee of Merchant & Gould, co-chair of the firm’s appeal group, past chair of the firm’s strategic planning committee, and past chair of the firm’s Women’s Initiative. Previously, Ms. Hughey was a legal clerk with the Federal Circuit Court of Appeal. Her current community involvement includes serving as a member of the ACLU-MN board of directors, member and past chair of the board of directors of the Volunteer Lawyers Network, member of the board of directors of the bar association of Hennepin County and co-founder and president-elect of The Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna Intellectual Property American Inn of Court. Ms. Hughey is also an active volunteer with the Advocates for Human Rights, the Children’s Law Center, the Volunteer Lawyers Network and the State Public Defender’s Office. Previously, she was a member of the YouthCARE Board of Directors, a member of the University of Minnesota Law School Advisory Board, and a Professor of Legal Writing and Advocacy Instructor at the University of Minnesota Law School.

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Jill Prohofsky: Ms. Prohofsky is deputy director of child support magistrates, where she oversees magistrates in the first, second, third, fourth and fifth judicial districts, while continuing to hear cases statewide. Currently, Ms. Prohofsky is part of a number of statewide project teams dedicated to improving remote hearings and ensuring access to justice. Previously, Ms. Prohofsky served as a child support judge in the Fourth and Tenth Judicial Districts. She is a member of the Hennepin County Bar Association, the Minnesota State Bar Association, and the Minnesota Women Lawyers. Ms. Prohofsky was previously president of the Minnesota State Bar Foundation and previously served on the Supreme Court’s Gender Equity Implementation Committee. She currently sits on the National Committee for Equality and Justice. Ms. Prohofsky was an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School and Mitchell Hamline Law School. Her community involvement includes serving on the Boards of Directors of the Hopkins Youth Hockey Association, the Hopkins Ultimate Recreation Team, and the International Spanish Language Academy. She has worked with various nonprofits, volunteered at her synagogue, and previously served on the Golden Valley Human Rights Commission.

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Colette Routel: Ms. Routel is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Native American Law & Sovereignty Institute at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, where she teaches Property, Federal Indian Law, Indian Law Litigation Clinic and other subjects. Ms. Routel is also a lawyer with Hogen Adams, PLLC and an appellate judge for the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. She previously taught at the University of Michigan Law School and Wayne State University Law School, and worked for the Jacobson Law Group and Faegre & Benson LLP (now Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP ). She is a special member of the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association and a member of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association. Ms. Routel has maintained a strong pro bono practice throughout her career. Over the past few years, she has authored eight amicus briefs to the United States Supreme Court and has argued several cases in state and federal courts on behalf of Indian tribes. Her previous volunteer activities include running a criminal defense clinic on the Menominee Indian Reserve, representing environmental non-profit organizations, and advocacy on asylum, housing and family law matters.

For more information on the judicial selection process, please visit our website: https://mn.gov/governor/administration/judicialappointments/


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