ST. PAUL – The Judge Selection Commission announced today that it is nominating Gov. Tim Walz for three candidates for a post in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District.
The seat in Mantorville, Dodge County will be vacant following the departure of Jodi L. Williamson.
The nominees are as follows:
Church is an Assistant District Attorney with the Winona County Attorney’s Office, where she handles child protection, juvenile delinquency, adult delinquency, guardianship, civil obligations and forfeiture cases.
She previously worked as an assistant district attorney for Mahnomen County. The community’s involvement includes serving as Chair of the Juvenile Justice Committee of the Winona County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and the Winona County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention. She is also Vice President of the Winona County Bar Association and a member of the Juvenile Law Committee of the Minnesota County Attorney’s Association, the Winona County Children’s Justice Initiative and Resilient Winona County.
Groehler is a senior attorney in the civil division of the Olmsted County Attorney’s Office, where she leads a team of attorneys that handle child protection, adult protection and juvenile delinquency cases.
Previously, Groehler served as Executive Director of Legal Assistance of Olmsted County. Her involvement in the community includes serving as a member of the Juvenile Law Committee of the Minnesota County Attorney’s Association and as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Next Chapter Ministry. She has also volunteered for Rochester Public Schools and the Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota.
Luhmann is an individual practitioner and attorney for the City of Preston. He practices in the areas of criminal law, family law, estate planning, real estate, inheritance law and civil procedure law. Luhmann also serves as District Attorney for the cities of Rushford and Wykoff.
Luhmann previously worked as an attorney at David A. Joerg, PA. His community involvement includes serving as Chair of the Preston Economic Development Authority, President of the Fillmore County Law Library Board, and Parent Representative for the Fillmore County Children’s Justice Initiative. Luhmann is a former board member and president of the Preston Area Community Foundation.