Judge Wilhelmina Wright has been appointed Associate Justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court. She is the first black woman to hold this position. Judge Wright has represented the United States in difficult economic fraud cases and violent crime cases of the District Court.
The Yale University and Harvard School of Law honor graduate has represented school districts across the nation to benefit the superb public education of young students. She worked the education platform in Washington, D.C. with the law firm Hogan & Hartson.
Judge Wright is a native of Norfolk, VA and remembers the struggles her mother had while trying to she and her siblings into desegregated schools. The state of Virginia’s denial of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision fueled Judge Wright’s desire to become a part of judicial change.
As a new Supreme Court judge in Minnesota, Judge Wright holds Supreme Court Justice Alan Page and civil rights activist Josie Johnson as role models.
Judge Wilhelmina Wright has served on a number of Trustee Boards and councils and was awarded the United States Department of Justice Special Achievement Award in 1997 and the United States Department of Justice Director's Award for Public Service in 2000. Her international reach goes as far as Geneva, Switzerland where she served as a consultant of criminal justice training in the development and application of the rule of law.