Austin woman is finalist for judgeship

Pawlenty names McBride one of three candidates

By Tim Ruzek

An Austin resident is among the three finalists for a vacant judgeship in neighboring Freeborn County.

Karyn McBride, an assistant Freeborn County attorney in Albert Lea since 1999, was one of three candidates announced Wednesday by Gov. Tim Pawlenty for the Third Judicial District’s trial court bench vacancy. The governor accepted recommendations of the Commission on Judicial Selection.


Freeborn District Judge James Broberg is retiring April 29.

McBride was a Third Judicial District contract administrative law judge and a child support magistrate in 1997, and again from 1998 to 1999, according to a news release. She also was an associate attorney with the Richardson and McBride Law Office in Austin from 1990 to 1999. 

From 1989 to 1990, McBride served as a judicial law clerk to Third Judicial District judges Michael H. Seibel and James L. Mork. Prior to that, she worked as a law clerk from 1988 to 1989 in the Bird and Jacobson Law Firm in Rochester. 

Other finalists include Steven R. Schwab, of Albert Lea, who has been the Albert Lea city attorney since 1989; and David J. Walker, of Albert Lea, who has been an assistant Freeborn County attorney since 1992.

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