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Commission on Judicial Selection Recommends Court of Appeals Candidates to Governor Dayton

February 11, 2014

The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today it is recommending four candidates to Governor Mark Dayton for consideration to fill two at-large vacancies on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. These vacancies will occur upon the retirements of the Honorable Thomas J. Kalitowski and the Honorable Terri J. Stoneburner.

Portia Hampton-Flowers: Ms. Hampton-Flowers is a Deputy City Attorney for the City of St. Paul, where she manages the Civil Litigation Division and represents the city in various civil lawsuits. Prior to working with the City of St. Paul, she served as the Litigation Manager and Claims Officer for the Minnesota Department of Corrections and as the Assistant Attorney General for the State of Minnesota. Ms. Hampton-Flowers is a member of the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, a former faculty member for Metropolitan State University, and a former member of the Minnesota Black Women Lawyers Network.

The Honorable Denise Reilly: Judge Reilly is a District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District, where she has presided since her appointment from Governor Carlson in 1997. Prior to her appointment, Judge Reilly was an Assistant United States Attorney of the District of Minnesota, serving as chief of the Firearms and Narcotics Section. Judge Reilly teaches trial practice as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota School of Law and currently serves on the Minnesota Supreme Court Children’s Justice Initiative Advisory Committee.

Peter Reyes: Mr. Reyes is a partner at Barnes & Thornburg, L.L.P., where his practice focuses on all aspects of intellectual property and litigation in both state and federal court. Previously, Mr. Reyes was a senior intellectual property lawyer at Cargill, Inc., and, prior to that, he was an associate at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi. Mr. Reyes is a former president of both the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association and the Hispanic National Bar Association, and is currently on the Board of Trustees for the William Mitchell College of Law.

Tracy Smith: Ms. Smith serves as the Deputy General Counsel for the University of Minnesota, where her duties include supervising litigation, advising administrators and the Board of Regents, and participating in management of the University’s legal office. Previously, Ms. Smith was the Associate General Counsel for the University, an Assistant Minnesota Attorney General, and a judicial clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Ms. Smith currently volunteers as an English teacher at the Neighborhood House in St. Paul and is active in school and youth activities at Lake Harriet Community School and the Southwest Activities Council in Minneapolis.

An announcement of the appointments will be made following an interview process over the next few weeks.