Helen Meyer

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Helen Meyer
Court Information:
Minnesota Supreme Court
Title:   Former associate justice
Salary:  $152,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Jesse Ventura
Active:   2002-2012
Personal History
Undergraduate:   University of Minnesota, 1976
Law School:   William Mitchell College of Law, 1982

Helen M. Meyer was an Associate Justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court. She was appointed to this position by Governor Ventura in June of 2002 and she took office the following August.[1] Her final term would have ended in 2016, but Meyer retired on August 10, 2012.[2]

Judicial philosophy

Audio of Meyer's judicial philosophy is available here.


Justice Meyer is a 1976 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in social work. She received her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in 1982.[1]


Prior to her appointment, Meyer had been the owner of Meyer and Associates in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, since 1996. Her civil trial practice included mediation and arbitration work. In 1987, she was a founding partner of the Pritzker and Meyer law firm in Minneapolis and prior to that she was an associate attorney with the law firm of Schwebel, Goetz, Sieben and Hanson in Minneapolis.[1][3][4]

Awards, Memberships, and Civic Activities

  • Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Past Board Member, Minnesota State Board of Legal Certification
  • Past Board Member, Minnesota Trial Lawyers
  • Governor Ventura's Judicial Merit Selection Commission[1]



See also: Minnesota judicial elections, 2010

Meyer was re-elected in 2010. She defeated Greg Wersal in the general election, receiving 58 percent of the vote.[5][6]

Candidate IncumbentElection %
Helen Meyer ApprovedA Yes58%
Greg Wersal No41.7%

Election results are from the Minnesota Secretary of State from 2010 General Election.


Meyer was retained by voters in 2004 after running unopposed.[7]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Meyer received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.6, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of -0.07 that justices received in Minnesota. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[8]

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