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Governor Appoints Two Hamline Alumni to Court

Hamline alumnae Ann Carrott '80 and Kristine DeMay '95 were appointed District Court Judges by Governor Tim Pawlenty

carrot_a Ann Carrott '80 (left) and Kristine DeMay '95 were both recently appointed as District Court Judges by Governor Tim Pawlenty. Carrott was appointed to a Seventh Judicial District trial court bench vacancy in the city of Alexandria in Douglas County. The vacancy occurred with the retirement of the Honorable John E. Pearson on September 7, 2007.

Carrott is an attorney with the Alexandria law firm of Swenson, Lervick, Syverson, Trosvig, Jacobson, a position she has held since 1997. She was the Douglas County Attorney in Alexandria from 1984 to 1996, and an assistant Morrison County Attorney in Little Falls from 1981 to 1984. Carrott earned her juris doctorate degree from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul in 1980, and her bachelor of arts degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin in 1973.

"Ann brings a tremendous background in both civil and criminal experience to the position as well as a wealth of trial experience," Governor Pawlenty said. "She also is an active and respected member of the Douglas County community. She will be a great judge."

Carrott is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association; Minnesota Board of Law Examiners; Minnesota Women Lawyers, currently serving as the Seventh District liaison; Minnesota City Attorneys Association; and Douglas County Bar Association, serving as president in 1995. She has also taught a number of courses and seminars at Alexandria Technical College, is past president of the Bethany Community Advisory Board, is a board member and past president of the Douglas County Library Board of Trustees, a volunteer teacher for the Independent School District #206 First Grade Junior Achievement Program, and numerous other community organizations.

Kristine R. DeMay was appointed to a Ninth Judicial District trial court bench judgeship in Crow Wing County. DeMay is an assistant Crow Wing County Attorney in Brainerd, a position she has held since 1997. She was an attorney with the Fitzpatrick, Nelson and Ten Eyck law firm and an assistant city attorney in Brainerd from 1996 to 1997, a Seventh Judicial District law clerk in Detroit Lakes from 1995 to 1996, and worked in the Washington County Public Defender's office in Stillwater in 1995. DeMay earned her juris doctorate degree from Hamline University School of Law in 1995, and her bachelor of science degree from Illinois State University in Normal in 1990.

"Kristine has a wealth of trial experience trying cases that a trial court judges handles," Governor Pawlenty said. "In addition, she has shown her willingness to be a problem-solver with her work in helping Crow Wing County start a drug court."

DeMay is a member of the Minnesota County Attorneys' Association where she serves on the criminal law committee, Crow Wing County Bar Association, Crow Wing County Drug Court, and Crow Wing County Methamphetamine Coalition.