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McBroom appointed judge in Grand Rapids

Judge Sarah McBroom.

A Grand Rapids attorney who clerked at the Minnesota Supreme Court and now represents indigent clients in civil cases will serve as the region's newest judge.

Sarah McBroom, a staff attorney at Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota, was appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton to the 9th Judicial District bench in Itasca County. She will succeed Judge Lois Lang, who has announced her retirement after 24 years.

"Ms. Sarah McBroom has demonstrated a strong commitment to her community through her extensive professional accomplishments and volunteer committee work," Dayton said in a statement. "Ms. McBroom's time as a staff attorney and judicial law clerk will serve her well as a district court judge."

McBroom, 37, of Coleraine, represents clients in administrative, family, housing, expungements, benefits and child protection matters at the Legal Aid Service. She previously was a law clerk for Justice Paul Anderson during his tenure on the state's high court.

McBroom serves as a member of the Housing Issues Advisory Committee and Circle of Healing, a group of both Native American and non-native Itasca-area residents working to raise cultural awareness. She is also board chair at KOOTASCA Community Action and vice board chair of Second Harvest North Central Food Bank.

McBroom earned a bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and her law degree from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul.

It was the second time McBroom was interviewed by the governor for an open seat. Also recommended by the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection this round were Evelyn Schneider, a solo practitioner in Grand Rapids and Bemidji, and Jerrod Shermoen, a private practice attorney with offices in International Falls and Duluth.

When she takes the oath, McBroom will be part of an all-female bench appointed by Dayton in Grand Rapids. The governor, who has made efforts to diversity the state's judiciary, previously selected judges Korey Wahwassuck and Heidi Chandler.

The 9th Judicial District includes Aitkin, Itasca and Koochiching counties, extending all the way across Northwestern Minnesota.