The Commission on Judicial Selection has recommended four candidates to Gov. Mark Dayton for consideration to fill two vacancies in Minnesota’s Sixth Judicial District. Hamline Law alums Jill Eichenwald Cornwell JD '92 and Theresa Neo JD '01 were among those recommended to fill the vacancies created upon the retirements of the Honorable Heather L. Sweetland and the Honorable Dale A. Wolf. Judge Sweetland’s seat will be chambered in Duluth at St. Louis County and Judge Wolf’s seat will be chambered in Carlton at Carlton County.
Cornwell is currently an assistant public defender for the Sixth Judicial District, where she represents individuals charged with misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, and felony offenses. Previously, she was an adjunct instructor at the College of St. Scholastica, and, prior to that, was the sole practitioner of the Eichenwald Law Office. Cornwell is a member of the board of directors for Center City Housing and has volunteered as a mock trial judge for the Minnesota State Bar Association.
Neo is an assistant city attorney in the Duluth Attorney’s Office, where she prosecutes traffic cases and petty misdemeanor, misdemeanor, and gross misdemeanor crimes. Previously, she has served as the staff attorney at the Indian Legal Assistance Program and the Safe Haven Shelter for Battered Women. She is a former president of the 11th District Bar Association and previously served on the board of directors for the Red Cross of Northern Minnesota.