Obama nominates Nelson to U.S. District Court

  • Updated: April 22, 2010 - 12:10 AM

Susan Richard Nelson, a federal magistrate judge who as an attorney helped represent the state in its historic mid-1990s litigation against the tobacco industry, is President Obama's nominee to be the next U.S. District Court judge for Minnesota.

Susan Richard Nelson, a federal magistrate judge who as an attorney helped represent the state in its historic mid-1990s litigation against the tobacco industry, is President Obama's nominee to be the next U.S. District Court judge for Minnesota.

Her appointment, which now must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, was recommended to the president by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.

Before being named a federal magistrate judge in 2000, Nelson was a lawyer for 16 years with the Minneapolis law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi. She also is a former president of Minnesota Women Lawyers.

Nelson would replace Judge James Rosenbaum, who last fall assumed senior status on the bench. Last week he told colleagues he will resign in August.

ANTHONY LONETREE

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