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Two Law School Alumni Appointed to Hennepin County Bench

DECEMBER 19, 2013—Minnesota governor Mark Dayton has named five new judges to Minnesota's Fourth Judicial District bench, two of whom are Law School alumni. The Fourth District encompasses Hennepin County and carries the highest caseload in the state.

Nicole A. Engisch (’90) currently serves as an assistant U.S. attorney and the chief of the criminal division at the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota, where her duties include criminal prosecution and staff management. Previously she litigated commercial and intellectual property cases at Minneapolis-based Leonard, Street and Deinard, where she was a shareholder and a member of the board of directors. Engisch is a former board member of the Volunteer Lawyers Network and the Harriet Tubman Center, and she volunteers with a branch of the Catholic Charities Opportunity Center.

Carolina A. Lamas (’03) has devoted her career to criminal defense. She is the executive director and chief attorney for the Neighborhood Justice Center in St. Paul, where she represents low-income individuals charged with felonies, misdemeanors, and probation violations. She previously worked for four years at the Ramsey County (Minn.) public defender’s office. Lamas is vice president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota and a former president of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association. She also serves on the board of directors of Tempo of the Minnesota Opera.

In announcing the judgeships, Gov. Dayton said, "These five new judges were selected from over 70 well-qualified applicants. [They] are all highly accomplished legal professionals. I am confident that they will serve very well the citizens in the Fourth Judicial District."


Nicole Engisch

Nicole Engisch (’90)


Carolina Lamas

Carolina Lamas (’03)