Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page, who steps down from the court this summer because he’s reached the mandatory retirement age of 70, will be honored Friday by the Ramsey County Bar Association for his work to bring diversity and fairness to the judicial system.
Page, a football star for Notre Dame and the Vikings, was first elected to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1992.
The Ramsey County Bar Association Diversity Committee will give him the 2015 Excellence in Diversity Award at a ceremony Friday morning at Hamline University, during a continuing legal education presentation on “The Civil Rights Act at 50: Its Impact on the Elimination of Bias in the Practice of Law.”
The award committee said Page “has been an ardent supporter of racial fairness in the judicial system. He served as chair of the Racial Fairness Committee and worked tirelessly to implement institutional and systemic changes to improve fairness in the Minnesota judicial system.”
District Court Judge Elena Ostby had nominated him, and noted his long-time support of the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers and mentoring young lawyers of color. He has also provided educational scholarships to disadvantaged youth and students of color through the Page Education Foundation, which has given over $12 million in grants to 5,000 students of color at Minnesota post-secondary schools.