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Lawyer of Hmong descent blazes trail as new Minnesota judge

Gov. Mark Dayton made another history-making appointment to the Minnesota courts Thursday, appointing a woman who will become the state’s first judge of Hmong descent and only the second in the country with that history.

The DFL governor named attorney Sophia Vuelo to the Ramsey County District Court bench, filling a vacancy created by a retirement.

Raised in Wisconsin, Vuelo currently has a solo practice where she handles cases in juvenile protection, family and criminal matters. She has worked in various prosecuting roles, too. Vuelo holds degrees from the University of Minnesota and the Hamline University School of Law, which is now part of the Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

Vuelo wasn’t immediately available for comment. State Rep. Fue Lee, DFL-Minneapolis, applauded the pick.

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