Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Natalie Hudson ’82 to Deliver Commencement Address

Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Natalie Hudson ’82 will be the Law School’s 2019 commencement speaker.

Hudson was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court bench on Oct. 26, 2015 by Governor Mark Dayton. She was elected in 2016. She previously served 14 years on the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Prior to joining the bench, Hudson was a staff attorney with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc., from 1982 to 1986, where she practiced housing law; an associate attorney in employment law and general civil litigation at the law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi from 1986 to 1988; an Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Hamline University School of Law from 1989 to 1992; and St. Paul City Attorney from 1992 to 1994. From 1994 until her appointment to the Court of Appeals, she was employed with the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General, primarily in the Criminal Appellate Division.

Hudson graduated from Arizona State University in 1979. At Minnesota Law, she served on the Law Review staff and was Editor-in-Chief of Quaere, the law school newspaper.

Hudson is a member of several boards and associations, including the Law School’s Board of Advisors, the American Bar Association, the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Ramsey County Bar Association, the Advisory Board of Minnesota Women Lawyers, the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, and the Minnesota Association of Black Women Lawyers.

Commencement exercises will be held Saturday, May 18, at Northrop. (Details available here.)