January 2016

New Judge for District of Minnesota:
Wilhelmina M. Wright

On Tuesday, January 19, 2016, the Senate confirmed Wilhelmina M. Wright as a U.S. District Judge for the District of Minnesota, making her the first African-American female federal judge in Minnesota. She fills the vacancy left by Chief Judge Michael J. Davis, who took senior status on August 1, 2015.

Judge Wright received her undergraduate degree in Literature with high honors from Yale University in 1986. She received her law degree from Harvard Law School in 1989.

She began her legal career as a law clerk for Circuit Judge Damon J. Keith at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She then practiced with the firm of Hogan & Hartson in Washington, D.C, where she focused on education law and litigation.

In 1995 she became an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota, where she worked on complex fraud and violent crime cases. In 1997 she received the Department of Justice Special Achievement Award, and in 2000 she received the Director’s Award for Public Service.

In 2000 she became a trial judge for the Ramsey County District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota. From 2002 to 2012 she served as a judge for the Minnesota Court of Appeals, where she was the presiding judge on the Special Redistricting Panel. In 2012 she was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court, where she has served until this appointment to the federal bench.

Welcome, Judge Wright!