ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) - Monday at 3 p.m. Justice Natalie Hudson will be sworn in as the new chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Hudson has served on the Minnesota Supreme Court since 2015 after being appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton. She will be the first person of color to serve as chief justice.
"Justice Hudson is one of our state’s most experienced jurists. She has a strong reputation as a leader and consensus builder," Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said in a release announcing the appointment. "I know that she will use her decades of judicial experience and deep understanding of our justice system to lead the Judicial Branch with a steady hand and strong conviction. I am confident that she will advance a vision that promotes fairness and upholds the dignity of all Minnesotans."
In addition to Hudson being sworn in, Karl Procaccini will also be sworn in as an associate justice. Procaccini will be the first Muslim to sit on the Supreme Court. Procaccini currently teaches at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and worked with Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan on their legal appointments team.