Minnesota – First Judicial District Nominees

The Commission on Judicial Selection recommends that candidates in the first judicial district Governor Walz

ST. PAUL, MN (STL.News) The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today that it is recommending three candidates to fill a vacancy in Minnesota’s First Judicial District. The vacancy occurred upon the retirement of the Honorable Jerome B. Abrams. The headquarters will be housed in Hastings in Dakota County.

Ayodele Famodu: Ms. Famodu is an Assistant Ramsey County District Attorney in the Youth Justice and Welfare Division. She joined the Ramsey County District Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Human Trafficking Task Force. She was previously an assistant public defender for Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District Public Defender’s Office and an assistant company attorney for the City of Chicago Law Department. She is also a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army Reserves/National Guard. Her community involvement includes serving as an ambassador and mentor for the Kids ‘n Kinship program.

Stacey Sorensen: Ms. Sorensen is an attorney for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. His legal practice includes personal injury, premises liability, commercial liability, workers’ compensation and complex insurance litigation. In addition, Ms. Sorensen is an Assistant Professor in the Trial Advocacy Program at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law. She is a Certified Civil Litigation Specialist with the State Bar Association of Minnesota. She has served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and a volunteer faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Ms. Sorensen coaches mock trials in high school and serves 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: Ms. Wendorf is the Chief Assistant County Attorney in the Scott County Attorney’s Office, where she advises the county attorney on policy decisions regarding criminal and civil proceedings. Previously, Ms. Wendorf worked as the Director of the Criminal Division and as an Assistant District Attorney for Scott County. She has practiced in the areas of adult criminal prosecution, juvenile delinquency and child protection. Ms. Wendorf serves on numerous multidisciplinary committees and directors in Scott County. In addition to her work in Scott County, Ms. Wendorf serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Cornerstone Advocacy Services. She is also an active member of Cornerstone’s Governance Committee, which works to implement diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Ms. Wendorf’s other community involvement includes service as a mock trial judge for Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School, parent volunteer at St. Hubert’s School and member of the music ministry at St. Hubert’s Church.

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

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