Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 10th Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz


March 23, 2023

Contact: Claire Lancaster




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

[ST. PAUL, MN] – The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today that it is recommending five candidates for consideration to fill two vacancies in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District. The vacancies occurred upon the resignation of the Honorable Bethany A. Fountain Lindberg and the retirement of the Honorable Ellen L. Maas. These seats will be chambered in Buffalo in Wright County and Pine City in Pine County.

John Bowen: John Bowen is the assistant civil division chief in Wright County, where he provides legal advice and representation to the Wright County Board of Commissioners and all Wright County departments. In this role, he also serves as counsel to the Wright County Opioid Settlement Advisory Council and as a member of the Wright County Safe Harbor Task Force. Bowen previously served as an assistant county attorney in Pine County and as a law clerk to the Honorable Margaret Shaw Johnson. His community involvement includes serving as a member of the Wright County Children’s Justice Initiative, Wright County Safe Schools Committee, and the Election Law Committee of the Minnesota County Attorney’s Association. Bowen is also the coach of the Rockford Middle and High School Speech Team and a member of the Buffalo Community Orchestra. 

Justin Collins: Justin Collins is an assistant county attorney in Washington County, where he prosecutes felony-level crimes including homicide, criminal sexual conduct, assault, drug offenses, and property crimes. In this role, he serves on the Washington County Drug Task Force, the Mental Health and Opioid Re-Entry Program Team, and the Equity Change Team. Bowen previously served as an assistant county attorney in Anoka County, where he prosecuted felony-level crimes and was assigned to the Anoka-Hennepin Narcotics and Violent Crimes Task Force. His community involvement includes volunteering with the American Mock Trial Association, the Washington County Food Drive, and Feed My Starving Children.

Carrie Doom: Carrie Doom is a partner with McKinnis & Doom, P.A. primarily practicing family law. She also represents parents in child protection (CHIPS) matters in Isanti County, Kanabec County, Pine County, and Mille Lacs Band Tribal Court. Doom was previously a solo practitioner practicing family law and estate planning. Her community involvement includes serving as vice president of Hope Harbor. Doom previously served on the boards of the Anoka Ramsey Community College Foundation and the Cambridge Medical Center Foundation.

Jennifer Moreau: Jennifer Moreau is a shareholder at Barna, Guzy & Steffen, where she handles a variety of civil litigation matters, assists in municipal prosecution, and advises private and public sector clients on employment issues. She was previously a law clerk for the Honorable Robert Varco and the Honorable Mary Yunker in Sherburne County. Moreau’s community involvement includes serving on the boards of the Anoka County Community Action Program and the Rum River Art Center. She is an investigator for the 21st District Ethics Committee, a former president of the Anoka County Bar Association, and a member of the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association. She is also a member of Minnesota Women Lawyers, where she serves on the Publication Committee and participates in the Student to Attorney Mentoring Program. Moreau also volunteers with the Minnesota State Bar Association Mock Trial Program and the Tenth Judicial District Law Day.

Jason Steffen: Jason Steffen is an assistant county attorney in Chisago County, where he prosecutes all types of criminal cases. He was previously an assistant public defender in the Tenth Judicial District Public Defender’s Office, where he handled felony cases and appeals. Steffen is also an adjunct professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and has taught at Hamline University and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Steffen’s community involvement includes assisting with criminal expungement cases for the Volunteer Lawyers Network and volunteering with Feed My Starving Children and Happy Tails Rescue. He also has volunteered as a judge for the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition and the Summit Cup 1L Motion Argument Competition at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

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