The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today it is recommending three candidates to Governor Mark Dayton for consideration to fill the current vacancy created upon Judge Harriet Lansing’s retirement from the Fourth Congressional District seat on the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
Judge Edward Cleary - Judge Cleary is the current Assistant Chief Judge for the Second Judicial District where he was appointed by Governor Jesse Ventura in 2002. He practiced law for 20 years before accepting an appointment in 1997 to serve as Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility. Judge Cleary is the author of "Beyond the Burning Cross: A Landmark Case of Race, Censorship, and the First Amendment", a book that describes his role in the case of R.A.V. v. St. Paul, decided by the United States Supreme Court in 1992.
Judge Manuel Cervantes - Judge Cervantes is currently an Administrative Law Judge with the Office of Administrative Hearings. He previously served as a District Court Referee for the Second Judicial District and as an appellate judge at the Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals. Judge Cervantes serves on the Executive Committee for the St. Paul-Manzanillo Sister City Committee, a mentor for youth at risk at Humboldt Middle School, and is a volunteer reader for Riverview Elementary School.
Judge Teresa Warner - Judge Warner was appointed to the bench in the Second Judicial District by Governor Arne Carlson in 1998. Previously she served as an Assistant Washington County Attorney and worked as an associate attorney at the law firm of Jardine, Logan and O'Brien. Judge Warner has served as a member of the Second Judicial District Violence Coordinating Council and as lead judge in the Children's Justice Initiative.
An announcement of the appointment will be made following an interview process over the next few weeks