Judgeships for Bernhardson and Cahill
Two University of Minnesota Law School alumni, Ivy S. Bernhardson (class of 1978) and Peter A. Cahill (class of 1984), were appointed to trial court bench vacancies in the Fourth Judicial District Court of Hennepin County by Governor Tim Pawlenty on April 27, 2007.
Bernhardson has been the chief legal officer of the Hazelden Foundation since 2004. She was a shareholder at Leonard, Street and Deinard in Minneapolis; a staff attorney and member of the associate counsel, senior associate counsel, and associate general counsel at General Mills; and senior vice president and general counsel at Medica Health Plans in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
Bernhardson was born in Fargo, North Dakota, and received her B.A. magna cum laude from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1973 and her J.D. cum laude from the Law School in 1978. She and her husband, Mark, live in Bloomington, Minnesota, and have two children, Andrew and Jenna.
Cahill has been managing attorney in the special litigation division of the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office since January. He began working in the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office in 1997 and became chief deputy attorney in 2006. He was a solo practitioner in Wayzata, Minnesota, a partner with Colich and Cahill in Minneapolis, and an assistant Fourth Judicial District public defender. He founded The Blue Pages Inc., a specialized directory of Minnesota lawyers.
Cahill was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and earned his B.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1981 and his J.D. magna cum laude from the Law School in 1984. He and his wife, Jane, live in Plymouth, Minnesota, with their four children, Ashlyn, Daniel, Caitlin, and Sean.
Bernhardson and Cahill were chosen from among 60 applicants. A 13-member Commission on Judicial Selection, composed of attorneys and nonattorneys appointed by the Governor and the Minnesota Supreme Court, screens candidates and makes recommendations to the Governor.
The vacancies occurred on the retirement of the Honorable Thorwald H. Anderson, the Honorable Stephen D. Swanson, and the Honorable Robert H. Lynn. The third judgeship will be filled by William H. Koch, an assistant U.S. Attorney in Minneapolis and a J.D. graduate of George Washington University.