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Three retired Minnesota Supreme Court chief justices to speak at St. Thomas law school

Former Justices Kathleen Blatz,  Sandy Keith and Eric Magnuson will talk Tuesday about the court’s history.

Three retired Minnesota Supreme Court chief justices will speak about the history of the court Tuesday at the University of St. Thomas Law School.

Former Chief Justices Sandy Keith, Kathleen Blatz and Eric Magnuson will share their perspectives on the history of the Minnesota Supreme Court during a free Feb. 25 event, which runs from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Schulze Grand Atrium at the law school’s downtown Minneapolis campus.

(Lawyers can get 1.5 hours of continuing legal education.)

Minnesota Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea will be on hand to present the three former justices:

  • Keith, who practices family law out of Dunlap & Seeger, P.A., in Rochester, was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1989, later serving as chief justice from 1990-98. He returned to private practice in 1998.
  • Blatz served on the court from 1996 to 2006, holding the chief justice post from 1998 until her retirement in 2006. She was the first female chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.
  • Magnuson, now partner at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, L.L.P., was appointed chief justice of the court in 2008. He served in that role until 2010.