Governor Tim Pawlenty has announced the appointment of three new judges to the Minnesota Court of Appeals: Louise Dovre Bjorkman, Michelle A. Larkin and Lawrence “Larry” B. Stauber, Jr.
Bjorkman is an attorney and partner in the St. Paul law firm of Larson King. She was a Ramsey County District Court judge from 1998 to 2005. Bjorkman fills an at-large vacancy that will occur with the retirement of Judge Bruce D. Willis on Sept. 5, 2008.
Larkin is a 10th Judicial District trial court bench judge in Wright County. She will fill the at-large vacancy that occurred with the shift by Judge Christopher J. Dietzen from the Court of Appeals to the Minnesota Supreme Court on Feb. 19, 2008.
Stauber is a senior attorney and managing partner with the Duluth law firm of Stauber and Lien. He will fill the vacancy on the appellate court for a resident of the 8th Congressional District that occurred with the retirement of Judge R. A. “Jim” Randall on April 4, 2008.