Early life and education
Hudson is the daughter of Florence and Don Hudson. She graduated from Arizona State University in 1979. She then attended the University of Minnesota Law School where she was the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper Quaere.From 1980 to 1981 and was on the staff of the Law Review. She earned her Juris Doctor in 1982.
She practiced housing law and worked as a staff attorney with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services from 1982 to 1986. She then took a position with the firm Robins, Zelle, Larson & Kaplan as an associate attorney in general civil litigation and employment law. From 1989 to 1992 Hudson was the assistant dean of student affairs at Hamline University School of Law. She then served as a city attorney for St. Paul from 1992 to 1994. Afterwards she served as Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General, working primarily in the criminal appeals and health licensing divisions.
On August 18, 2015, Governor Mark Dayton nominated her to the Supreme Court to replace Alan Page effective September 1; Page had reached the court's mandatory retirement age of 70 earlier in August. She is the second African American woman named to the Court, after Wilhelmina Wright.
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- Mosedale, Mike (August 18, 2015). "Appeals Court Judge Natalie Hudson to replace Alan Page". Politics in Minnesota Capitol Report. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
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