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Minneapolis city attorney, district judge appointed to fill vacancies on Minnesota Court of Appeals

Susan Segal and Judge Jeffrey Bryan Photo: Office of Gov. Tim Walz
Susan Segal and Judge Jeffrey Bryan

Updated: October 08, 2019 06:02 PM

The Minneapolis city attorney and a judge for Minnesota's Second Judicial District have been appointed to fill vacancies on the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Gov. Tim Walz's office announced the appointments of Susan Segal and Judge Jeffrey Bryan on Tuesday. 

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Segal was appointed as Minneapolis city attorney in 2008 and was reappointed in 2014. 

"Susan has demonstrated inspiring and capable leadership during her time as Minneapolis City Attorney," Walz said in a statement. "I look forward to seeing her experience and expertise at work on the Minnesota Court of Appeals."

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey issued a statement Tuesday evening following the announcement.

"The dictionary would turn up short on superlatives to describe Susan Segal's work. She has successfully defended groundbreaking city policies from minimum wage to paid sick leave. Her office has pioneered work advancing criminal justice reforms, including a first-in-the-state alternative to cash-bail and crucial diversion programs," Frey said. "And her legacy will stretch far beyond the Minneapolis city limits as other leaders look to her work as model for building more just cities. As a lawyer, as a colleague, and as a friend, she has been an invaluable servant for the people of Minneapolis. The Court of Appeals could not be adding a higher caliber justice than Susan Segal." 

A statement from the city says because the office is being vacated, the mayor will bring a nominate a new person to the position. 

Bryan currently serves as a trial judge in the Second Judicial District and as co-chair of the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative. 

Bryan also served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office. 

"In his time as Assistant United States Attorney and now as a trial court judge in the Second Judicial District, Judge Bryan has shown himself to be remarkably suited to managing complex cases with compassion," Walz said in a statement. "He is well-prepared to take on this new role on the Court of Appeals."
 

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