ST. PAUL, Minn. (Aug. 17, 2015) — During a news conference Tuesday at the Minnesota Judicial Center, Governor Mark Dayton announced his appointment of the Honorable Natalie E. Hudson as Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Judge Hudson will replace Associate Justice Alan C. Page, who will be retiring from the Court at the end of August.
Governor Dayton thanked Justice Page for his dedicated service to the State of Minnesota, especially for his service on the Supreme Court, where he has served as Associate Justice since 1993.
“Judge Natalie Hudson has served our state admirably as a member of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, and as Assistant Attorney General,” said Governor Dayton. “During her distinguished 13-year tenure on the Court of Appeals, Judge Hudson has authored more than 1,100 written opinions, demonstrating clearly her unique aptitude for ruling on some of the most challenging legal issues facing our state today.
“Judge Hudson will be an outstanding new member of the Minnesota Supreme Court. I have great confidence that she will bring a valuable perspective to the Court, and continue the high standards of excellence, hard work, and fair-mindedness that Justice Page has embodied these last two decades.”
“I am honored and humbled that the Governor has selected me to serve as the next Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court,” said Judge Hudson. “I am excited about the opportunity, and it is indeed a privilege to continue to serve the people of Minnesota in this capacity.”
Judge Natalie E. Hudson has served as an at-large judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals since her appointment by Governor Ventura in 2002. Prior to her appointment to the Court of Appeals, Judge Hudson served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Minnesota in the Criminal Appeals and Health Licensing Divisions.
Judge Hudson earned her B.A. from Arizona State University and her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she also served as the Editor-in-Chief for the school’s newspaper.
After completing law school, Judge Hudson was an attorney for Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc. and Robins, Zelle, Larson & Kaplan. She then spent three years as the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Hamline University School of Law, and was later appointed as the City Attorney for the City of St. Paul.
Judge Hudson is a member of the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division, a Group Leader for the Warren E. Burger Inn of Court, and a member of the Minnesota Women Lawyers Advisory Board.
Judge Hudson has one son and resides in Roseville with her husband, Reverend Willie Hudson.