Sixth Judicial District appoints new Chief Public Defender

By KBJR News 1

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Sixth Judicial District appoints new Chief Public Defender

March 12, 2014 Updated Mar 12, 2014 at 11:41 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The Sixth Judicial District has a new chief public defender.

Long time public defender Fred Friedman is retiring at the end of March after a nearly 40-year career.

The state's Board of Public Defenders has announced the appointment of Dan Lew to the post of Chief Public Defender for the 6th Judicial District.

Lew becomes the first-ever Asian American to hold such a post in Minnesota - and only the fourth Asian American chief public defender in the U.S.

The Sixth Judicial District covers nearly 14,000 square miles in northeaster Minnesota.

The chief public defender has offices in Duluth.

Lew will oversee a team of 30 lawyers and 10 professional staff who provide public defense in six counties and six courthouses.

Lew will be only the third Chief Public Defender in the Sixth District.

Jeremy Brickley