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Governor Dayton Appoints Leslie E. Beiers and Theresa M. Neo to Fill Sixth Judicial District Vacancies

May 09, 2014

ST. PAUL, MN – Today, Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Ms. Leslie E. Beiers and Ms. Theresa M. Neo as District Court Judges in Minnesota’s Sixth Judicial District. Ms. Beiers will be replacing the Honorable Dale A. Wolf and Ms. Neo will be replacing the Honorable Heather L. Sweetland. Ms. Beiers will be chambered at Carlton in Carlton County while Ms. Neo will be chambered at Duluth in St. Louis County.

“Leslie Beiers and Theresa Neo have spent their entire legal careers pursuing the cause of justice in our communities,” said Governor Dayton. “Their extensive experience in our criminal justice system, and their personal commitments to the advancement of important civic causes, make Ms. Beiers and Ms. Neo uniquely qualified for these important positions. I am confident they will be outstanding judges.”

Leslie E. Beiers: Ms. Beiers is a Senior Assistant St. Louis County Attorney, where she is currently assigned to the Civil Division representing the Assessor and the Sheriff’s Office. Previously, she prosecuted adult and juvenile felony offenses in the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office, and, prior to that, was an Assistant Carlton County Attorney. Ms. Beiers earned her B.A. from the University of North Dakota and her J.D. from the University of North Dakota School of Law.

Additionally, Ms. Beiers is a volunteer with Ruby’s Pantry and the Courage Center, and is a former President of the 11th District Bar Association.

Theresa M. Neo: Ms. Neo is an Assistant City Attorney in the Duluth Attorney’s Office, where she prosecutes traffic cases and petty misdemeanor, misdemeanor, and gross misdemeanor crimes. Previously, she has served as the staff attorney at the Indian Legal Assistance Program and the Safe Haven Shelter for Battered Women. Ms. Neo earned her B.A. from Metropolitan State University and her J.D. from the Hamline University School of Law.

Additionally, Ms. Neo is a former President of the 11th District Bar Association and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Red Cross of Northern Minnesota.

Minnesota’s Sixth Judicial District consists of Carlton, Cook, Lake, and St. Louis Counties.

More information on the Commission on Judicial Selection, as well as vacancies it is currently considering, can be found at

Headshots of Ms. Beiers and Ms. Neo can be downloaded below.