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Governor Dayton Appoints Hamline Law Grad to Sixth Judicial District


Governor Mark Dayton has appointed Hamline Law grad Theresa M. Neo, JD '01 as a district court judge in Minnesota’s Sixth Judicial District. Neo will replace the Honorable Heather L. Sweetland and will be chambered at Duluth in St. Louis County. The governor has also appointed Leslie E. Beiers to fill a vacancy in the sixth district which consists of Carlton, Cook, Lake, and St. Louis Counties.

“Leslie Beiers and Theresa Neo have spent their entire legal careers pursuing the cause of justice in our communities,” Governor Dayton said in a release. “Their extensive experience in our criminal justice system, and their personal commitments to the advancement of important civic causes, make Ms. Beiers and Ms. Neo uniquely qualified for these important positions. I am confident they will be outstanding judges.”

Theresa Neo is currently 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 served as the staff attorney at the Indian Legal Assistance Program and the Safe Haven Shelter for Battered Women. Additionally, Ms. Neo is a former President of the Eleventh District Bar Association and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Red Cross of Northern Minnesota.

More information on the Commission on Judicial Selection can be found on the State of Minnesota's website.