Friday, May 14, 2010


Minnesota Women Lawyers issued the following statements following the appointment of Justice Lorie Gildea as chief justice, as well as two more women to the district court:

Minnesota Women Lawyers congratulates Justice Lorie Gildea on her appointment to Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. We also congratulate Mary Mahler, appointed to a judgeship in the seventh district and Christine Long appointed to a judgeship in the third district, both of which were also announced today. MWL believes that the judiciary should fairly reflect the composition of the legal profession and of the public, and appreciates these appointments as important steps towards parity on the bench and in its leadership ranks. As women currently represent 26% of state judges on a national basis, we commend these efforts, and encourage the continued consideration and appointment of qualified women candidates for future Minnesota judicial positions.

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