Walz Appoints Two Judges for 4th Judicial District – Minnesota Attorney

Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointments of Rachel Hughey and Colette Routel as District Court judges for the 4th Judicial District of Minnesota. These seats will be chambered in Minneapolis.

Hughey will replace Judge Margaret A. Daly.

“I am proud to appoint Ms Hughey to the 4th Judicial District bench,” Walz said in a press release. “She is an accomplished lawyer who brings extensive legal and judicial experience and a dedication to public service. Ms. Hughey will be an exceptional addition to the bench.

“Ms. Hughey is a remarkable and compassionate leader,” said Flanagan. “Her deep commitment to the community by representing the unheard and unseen exceptional qualifications and her strong work ethic will strengthen the Hennepin County District Court.”

Routel will replace Judge Kathleen D. Sheehy.

“I am also proud to appoint Ms Routel to the bench of the 4th Judicial District,” Walz said in the statement. “She is a brilliant lawyer who brings a unique perspective through her many years of experience as a lawyer, tribal court judge and law professor. I am confident that Ms. Routel will serve the people of Hennepin County with distinction.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to have Colette Routel on the bench. She has demonstrated her deep commitment through her work at Mitchell Hamline teaching and developing the next generation of leaders who can come out and change the world for the better, ”said Flanagan. “As a successful litigator and one of the country’s foremost authorities on Indian law issues, she will be a formidable lawyer and add important perspectives to the judiciary. “

Minnesota’s fourth judicial district encompasses Hennepin County.

Hughey is a partner and shareholder of Merchant & Gould, where she argues complex commercial disputes in state and federal courts in Minnesota and nationwide. 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, Hughey was a legal clerk with the Federal Circuit Court of Appeal. Her current community involvement includes serving as a member of the board of directors of the ACLU-MN, 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 Chair of the Honorable Jimmie V. Intellectual Property Reyna American Inn of Court. Hughey also volunteers with 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.

Routel is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Native American Law & Sovereignty Institute at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, where she teaches Property, Federal Indian Law, the Indian Law Litigation Clinic and other subjects. Routel is also legal counsel for Hogen Adams, PLLC and appeals 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 at 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. Routel has maintained a strong pro bono practice throughout his career. In recent 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 Reservation, representing non-profit environmental organizations, and advocacy on asylum, housing and family law matters.

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