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Friday, August 24, 2012

Former Hogan Lawyer Named to State Supreme Court

by Patricia Brannan

Congratulations to firm alumna, Wilhelmina Wright, who has been appointed by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to the Minnesota Supreme Court.  Judge Wright currently serves on the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the state’s intermediate appellate tribunal.  She is the first African-American woman to be named to the state’s highest court.

Judge Wright was as associate at the firm from 1991 to 1995.  She was deeply involved in, and committed to, litigation matters for our education clients.  I will never forget sitting at counsel’s table while she made her first argument to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in a complex and challenging school desegregation case.  Judge Wright referenced that work at the firm, and her personal history in attending public schools during the school desegregation fight in Norfolk, Va., in her comments at the nomination announcement.  The video clips from the announcement convey her clear thinking, powerful values, and warm heart.

Everyone who crossed her path here knew that Judge Wright would go far.  The people of Minnesota are very fortunate to have her serving them as their next Supreme Court Justice.