Gov. Mark Dayton announced the three finalists for two open judge spots in Hennepin County.
The three names forwarded by the Commission on Judicial Selection are:
Nancy Brasel: Brasel is currently an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Department of Justice in Minneapolis, where she handles cases related to economic crime, narcotics, and firearms. Previously, she was a partner at Greene Espel PLLP conducting cases related to business and employment litigation matters. Brasel is a former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Domestic Abuse Project. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Minnesota Women Lawyers.
Phil Carruthers: Carruthers is the Director of the Civil Division at the Ramsey County Attorney’s office where he represents several departments including the Charter Commission and Budgeting & Accounting. He served as the Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives while maintaining a private law practice. He was a board member of Project Remand, the president of the North Hennepin Mediation Program and treasurer of the Brooklyn Historical Society.
Elizabeth Cutter: Cutter is a senior assistant Hennepin County Attorney where she is responsible for supervising felony domestic violence prosecution. She previously served as a special assistant attorney general for the Minnesota Attorney General’s office. Cutter is the outgoing president of Minnesota Women Lawyers and is a member of the enrollee appeals panel for Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association.