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The Honorable John H. Guthmann Re-Elected Chief Judge of Second Judicial District

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2018

The Honorable Jennifer L. Frisch Elected Assistant Chief Judge
The Honorable John H. Guthmann has been re-elected to serve as Chief Judge of Minnesota’s Second Judicial District in Ramsey County by his fellow judges in the District. Chief Judge Guthmann’s new two-year term will begin July 1, 2018.
Chief Judge Guthmann has been a judge in the Second Judicial District since 2008. Before his appointment to the bench, Judge Guthmann spent close to 30 years as an attorney at Hansen, Dordell, Bradt, Odlaug & Bradt, P.L.L.P., where he was a partner from 1990 to 2008. He is chambered in the Ramsey County Courthouse in St. Paul.
“It is an honor to be re-elected by my colleagues to serve as Chief Judge of the Second Judicial District. I am grateful for their renewed support for my leadership,” said Chief Judge Guthmann. “I am pleased to continue in this position for the next two years and am pleased to have the opportunity to work with incoming Assistant Chief Judge Frisch.”
The Honorable Jennifer L. Frisch was elected to serve as the next Assistant Chief Judge of the Second Judicial District. Judge Frisch was first appointed to the bench in 2013. Prior to her appointment, Judge Frisch was Senior Associate General Counsel for the University of Minnesota, where she represented the University in state and federal courts in all litigated matters. Judge Frisch is a graduate of Macalester College and the University of Minnesota Law School. Her chambers are located in the Ramsey County Courthouse in St. Paul. 
“I am honored to be elected to serve as the Assistant Chief Judge in the Second Judicial District,” said Judge Frisch. “I am grateful for the opportunity to ensure commitment to our mission to provide fair, impartial, accessible, safe, and open judicial processes for the timely and efficient resolution of all matters.”
A more detailed profile of Chief Judge Guthmann can be found here, and a full profile of Judge Frisch can be found here.
By statute, the chief judge of a judicial district exercises general administrative authority over the courts within the district, including assigning judges to serve in locations throughout the district. The chief judge of each judicial district also serves as a member of the Minnesota Judicial Council, the administrative policy-making authority for the Minnesota Judicial Branch.
Chief judges and assistant chief judges are elected to two-year terms by judges within the district. No judge may serve as chief judge or assistant chief judge for more than two consecutive two-year terms. New two-year terms begin on July 1.