Provost Sullivan Co-Chairs Judicial Selection Committee
SEPTEMBER 1, 2009—E. Thomas Sullivan, University of Minnesota senior vice president and provost and the Law School's Julius E. Davis Professor, has been named co-chair of the Judicial Selection Committee charged with recommending a nominee for Minnesota's U.S. District Court. Ellen Luger, executive director of the General Mills Foundation, was also named co-chair.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar established the committee to screen candidates for a vacancy that will occur on the federal bench when Judge James Rosenbaum ('69) takes senior status on October 26. The committee will advise Klobuchar, who will then make a recommendation to President Barack Obama.
Other members of the Judicial Selection Committee are Russell A. Anderson ('68), former chief justice of Minnesota's Supreme Court; Leo Brisbois, president of the Minnesota Bar Association; R. Ann Huntrods ('81), a shareholder in Briggs and Morgan with extensive experience in federal practice; Thomas L. Johnson ('70), a principal with Gray Plant Mooty, former Hennepin County Attorney, and past president of the Council on Crime and Justice; Carol Person, a former Minnesota District Court judge; and Edward Toussaint Jr., chief judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
Judge Rosenbaum was appointed to the U.S. District Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1985 and also served as the Eighth Circuit's elected representative to the Judicial Conference of the United States from 1997-2005. He was Minnesota's U.S. Attorney from 1981-85; for nine years before that, he was a trial lawyer in private practice. The Minnesota native began practice as a VISTA lawyer, trying federal civil rights cases in Chicago.
Senior status is an option open to federal judges after age 65 and 15 years of federal court service. Senior judges can handle as many or as few cases as they wish while remaining on full salary. However, they do not occupy seats, so taking senior status creates an opening for a new judge. Judge Rosenbaum plans to continue working full time.
Letters of interest and resumes may be e-mailed to Tom Sullivan and Ellen Luger at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for consideration is Sept. 4, 2009.