Commission on Judicial Selection Recommends Third Judicial District Candidates to Governor Walz

[ST. PAUL, MN] – The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today that it is nominating three candidates to fill a vacancy in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District. The vacancy is retiring following the departure of the Honorable Steven R. Schwab. The headquarters will be located in Albert Lea in Freeborn County.

Stephanie Hadt: Ms. Haedt is an attorney and shareholder with Peterson, Kolker, Haedt & Benda, Ltd., where she serves as the firm’s Chief Financial Officer and Ethics Advisor. Her practice spans a wide range of civil matters, including employment, business/corporate, family, contracts, estate planning, medical care, civil procedure and local law. Ms. Haedt was previously an attorney at the Cooper law firm in Minneapolis. Her community involvement includes serving on the Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce, the Austin Human Rights Commission and the Freeborn County Bar Association. Ms. Haedt also serves as a sham trial judge with the Minnesota State High School League. She was named Minnesota Attorney of the Year and Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer, and Mpls’s Top Woman Attorney in Minnesota. St. Paul Magazine and has received the Third Jurisdiction Pro Bono Award.

Christy Hormann: Ms. Hormann is the Deputy District Attorney for Steele County. In addition to her managerial duties, her number of cases includes civil law obligations, guardianship or supervisory relationships, as well as criminal proceedings for adult capital crimes. Previously, she was the Ramsey County Assistant District Attorney in the Criminal Division. Ms. Hormann also serves on the Third Judicial District Veterans Treatment Court and the Steele County Community Corrections Advisory Board. Her involvement in the community includes serving on the board of directors of the Crisis Resource Center and the Steele County Safety Camp. She is also a member of the Promoting Peace Planning Committee and a sham judge for the Minnesota State High School League.

Natalie Martinez: Ms. Martinez is an Associate Attorney with the Donnelly Law Office, a part-time Public Defender in Freeborn County and an Arbitrator at a Mower County Arbitration Court. She is primarily active in the areas of family law, criminal defense and child protection. She was previously an attorney at law with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, representing victims of domestic violence in family law matters. Her community engagement includes volunteering at her local community theater, serving on the Freeborn County and 10th District Bar Associations, and serving on the boards of First Lutheran Church and the Crime Victim’s Crisis Center.

For more information on the judge selection process, visit the Governor’s Judiciary Appointments webpage.

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