Justice Wright’s Path to the Supreme Court

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton appointed Wilhelmina Wright to the Minnesota Supreme Court in September, making her the first African American woman to serve on the court.

During her career as an attorney, prosecutor and judge, Wright has received many awards: the Special Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Myra Bradwell Award from Minnesota Women Lawyers and the Lena O. Smith Achievement Award from the Black Women Lawyers Network.

While these are all special recognitions, Wright says she cherishes the Women of Distinction Award she received in 2011 from Girl Scouts River Valleys the most.

The Women of Distinction Award honors women role models whose professional accomplishments, leadership and community contributions inspire girls to reach their highest potential. “The award really meant a lot,” Wright noted.

Wright first became a Girl Scout growing up in Norfolk, Virginia. Since moving to Minnesota, Wright has served on River Valleys’ board of directors, the Minnesota Judicial Council and the Minnesota Court Public Trust. She has also taught at colleges around the metro area and volunteered at Clare House.

Wright’s ability to manage a professional career, family and community outreach makes her an outstanding Women of Distinction honoree and a respected member of the Minnesota Supreme Court.