University lawyer considered for District Court judgeship

Alma Pronove

One of the University of Minnesota’s top lawyers is on the short list to become a District Court judge.

The state Commission on Judicial Selection recommended three candidates Wednesday, including University Associate General Counsel Jennifer Frisch, to fill the judicial position for Minnesota’s Second Judicial District in Ramsey County.

The position opened after Senior Judge Kathleen R. Gearin retired in late July. Gov. Mark Dayton will interview the newly recommended candidates in the coming weeks and will make his recommendation soon after.

“The Commission is searching for fair, experienced and civic-minded individuals to serve on the bench and offer their talents and services to Minnesota’s judicial system,” said Matt Swenson, press secretary for the governor’s office.

In addition to working at the University, Frisch is a member of the Diversity Committee for Minnesota’s chapter of the Federal Bar Association. She also teaches English classes at the Neighborhood House, a St. Paul organization that works with immigrants, refugees and low-income community members.

Dayton will also interview Thomas Gilligan, a trial lawyer, and Jessica McConaughey, a St. Paul city attorney.

Among other factors, Swenson said the three candidates will be evaluated on their integrity, knowledge, experience and community service.