Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 1st Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz


April 8, 2022

Contact: Claire Lancaster




Commission on Judicial Selection Recommends First Judicial District Candidates to Governor Walz


[ST. PAUL, MN] – The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today that it is recommending three candidates for consideration to fill a vacancy in Minnesota’s First Judicial District. The vacancy occurred upon the retirement of the Honorable Joseph T. Carter and will be chambered in Hastings in Dakota County.

Kathryn Iverson Landrum: Ms. Iverson Landrum is a manager and assistant attorney general at the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General, where she leads a division defending state agencies and employees during all stages of employment, tort, and constitutional litigation. Ms. Iverson Landrum previously served as an Honors Attorney for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. She also clerked for the Honorable Richard A. Griffin on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Honorable Richard H. Kyle on the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. Ms. Iverson Landrum’s community involvement includes volunteering at the Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services Housing Clinic and serving as the co-chair of the Attorney General’s Pro Bono and Volunteer Committee.

Adam Johnson: Mr. Johnson is the Chief Assistant Rice County Attorney. In that role, he is primarily responsible for criminal prosecution and overseeing office operations. He previously served as an assistant county attorney in Nobles County, where he handled a wide variety of cases ranging from CHIPS proceedings to criminal sexual conduct and other violent felonies. Mr. Johnson also worked in the Arizona Office of the Attorney General in the Protective Services Section, representing the Arizona Department of Economic Security in child protection and permanency matters. His community involvement includes serving as president of Worthington Dollars for Scholars.

Tori Stewart: Ms. Stewart is an assistant county attorney in Dakota County, where she prosecutes felony-level crimes including murder, assault, criminal sexual conduct, child physical abuse, criminal vehicular operation, and domestic-related offenses. Ms. Stewart previously served as an assistant county attorney in Rice County, where she prosecuted all levels of criminal offenses. Her community involvement includes serving on the Dakota County Attorney’s Office’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Alliance and the Minnesota DWI Task Force. Ms. Stewart also served on the Minnesota County Attorney Association’s Impaired Driving Educational Alliance and the executive council of the Public Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. Ms. Stewart enjoys volunteering at Open Door Pantry, Feed My Starving Children, and Dakota County’s Peer Court program.

For more information about the judicial selection process, please visit the Governor’s Judicial Appointments webpage.