Mitchell Hamline alum Erin Sindberg Porter has been reappointed chair of the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection. She was initially appointed to the post in October 2020; her reappointment was announced Dec. 14 by Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan.
The commission screens and recommends candidates to the governor for judicial vacancies in the state. It includes nine at-large members and four members from each of the state’s ten judicial districts.
“Erin’s hard work and dedication to uplifting exceptional candidates has enabled me to appoint excellent judges,” said Walz, in a statement. “I look forward to her continued leadership.”
Sindberg Porter, who graduated from William Mitchell in 2007, is a partner at Jones Day in Minneapolis, where she represents clients in complex business litigation and in civil and criminal investigations. She has extensive experience in multidistrict litigation and coordinated actions, working on matters involving business torts, fraud, and contract disputes across industries, including health care, technology, agriculture, manufacturing, sports, and financial services and products.
Among those weighing in on the reappointment was Judge Japaul Harris ’03, who also co-chairs the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers’ Judicial Endorsement Committee. “Erin has demonstrated true care and dedication to increasing the diversity of the Minnesota judiciary through the continued development of an equitable selection process,” said Harris, in a statement. “Her impressive legal background, outreach efforts to demystify the process, and willingness to seek and implement feedback has led to a judiciary that better reflects the people we serve.”
“I am deeply honored to continue to serve as chair,” added Sindberg Porter “I look forward to continue the progress we have made in recruiting excellent judicial candidates and making the recommendations to the governor.”