|Minnesota Supreme Court|
|Title:||Former associate justice|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Jesse Ventura|
|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. Her final term would have ended in 2016, but Meyer retired on August 10, 2012.
Audio of Meyer's judicial philosophy is available here.
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.
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
- See also: Minnesota judicial elections, 2010
Meyer was retained by voters in 2004 after running unopposed.
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.
- News: A locked courtroom still deemed a public trial, July 8, 2012
- News: Governor considers recommendations for Minnesota Supreme Court, August 6, 2012
- Minnesota Judicial Branch website
- Minnesota Judicial Branch, Judge Profile: Associate Justice Helen M. Meyer
- Project Vote Smart, Justice Helen M. Meyer (MN)
- Official Campaign website
- Stop the Drug War.org, "Search and seizure: Minnesota Supreme Court Okays Drug Dog Sniff Outside of Apartment Door," June 1, 2007
- Open Secrets blog, "Minnesota Senate Case Highlights Potential Conflicts for Judges," April 14, 2009
- Official biography of Justice Meyer
- Minnesota Judicial Branch, "Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice Helen Meyer to Leave High Court," May 10, 2012
- "Associate Justice Helen Meyer ’83 to speak at Winter Commencement," William Mitchell College of Law, Jan. 8, 2009 (dead link)
- Justice Meyer's profile on Project Vote Smart
- Minnesota Secretary of State, Judicial Races Live Unofficial Results (dead link)
- Associated Press "Would-be chief justice candidate to appeal again," May 13, 2010
- Minnesota Secretary of State, Unofficial Results General Election
- Stanford University, "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012
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