Three candidates named for upcoming judicial vacancy

Jan. 12 (Reuters) – The Judges’ Selection Commission on Tuesday recommended three candidates to fill a vacancy in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District. The position will become vacant with the resignation of Judge Steven Schwab.

The headquarters will be located in Albert Lea in Freeborn County.

Schwab has been a judge since 2008.

The three candidates are Stephanie Haedt, Christy Hormann and Natalie Martinez.

Stephanie Haedt

Haedt is a lawyer and partner at Peterson, Kolker, Haedt & Benda, Ltd. in Albert Lea, where she is the firm’s chief financial officer and ethics advisor. Her practice spans a variety of civil matters including labor law, business / corporate law, family, contracts, estate planning, medical assistance, civil procedural law, and local law.

Haedt was previously an attorney with the Cooper Law Firm in Minneapolis.

Her involvement in the community includes serving on the boards of the Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce, the Austin Human Rights Commission, and the Freeborn County Bar Association. She also serves as a mock judge for 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 Hörmann

Hormann is the Assistant 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.

She previously served as Ramsey County’s associate attorney in the Criminal Court. Hormann also serves on the Third Judicial District Veterans Treatment Court and the Steele County’s Community Correctional Advisory Committee.

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.

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Natalie Martinez

Martinez is an associate attorney with Donnelly Law Office, a part-time public defense attorney in Freeborn County and an arbitration arbitrator in Mower County.

She is mainly 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 judicial selection process, please visit the governor’s website on judicial appointments.

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