Former Humphrey School Assistant Dean Named to the Minnesota Supreme Court
January 27, 2016—Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has named Margaret Chutich, former Humphrey School of Public Affairs assistant dean, to the Minnesota Supreme Court. Chutich served as assistant dean for three years, helping to advance the Humphrey School's strategic goals and mission while promoting student and community life, and left in 2012 to serve on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. She is the first openly gay woman appointed to Minnesota’s highest court.
Prior to joining the Humphrey School in 2008, Chutich served at the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General, where she worked in various capacities, including time as deputy attorney general of law enforcement and as assistant attorney general in the criminal and human services divisions. She also worked as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Minnesota from 1994 to 1996 and prior to that, practiced law privately in the areas of labor law, securities fraud, and antitrust class actions, employment discrimination, and environmental law.
Chutich replaces Judge Wilhelmena Wright, who was recently appointed to the U.S. District Court for Minnesota. Wright, a former Humphrey School Dean’s Advisory Council member, was the first African American to serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court.