Paul Anderson (jurist)

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Paul H. Anderson
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Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court
In office
July 1, 1994 – May 31, 2013
Appointed by Arne Carlson
Preceded by John Simonett
Succeeded by David Lillehaug
Chief Judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals
In office
September 1, 1992 – June 30, 1994
Appointed by Arne Carlson
Preceded by D.D. Wozniak
Succeeded by Anne Simonett
Personal details
Born (1943-05-14) May 14, 1943 (age 71)
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Spouse(s) Jan
Children Isa
Marina (died 2005)
Alma mater Macalester College (B.A.)
University of Minnesota (J.D.)

Paul H. Anderson (born May 14, 1943)[1] is a former Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. He served as Chief Judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals from 1992 to 1994.

Education[edit]

Anderson graduated from Macalester College in Saint Paul in 1965 with a B.A. cum laude and earned a J.D. in 1968 from the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis.[1]

Legal career[edit]

Before his appointment to the judicial branch, Anderson was in private practice as a partner in the law firm of LeVander, Gillen & Miller Law Offices in South Saint Paul. He served as a VISTA (Volunteers In Service to America) attorney from 1968 to 1969 and as a special Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division and Department of Public Safety of the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General from 1970 to 1971.[1] He served on Arne Carlson's 1990 Minnesota gubernatorial campaign committee.[2]

Anderson was appointed by Governor Arne Carlson to the Minnesota Court of Appeals as Chief Judge, beginning on September 1, 1992. Two years later, Carlson appointed Anderson to be an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, beginning on July 1, 1994.[1] He is the author of many important decisions, including a leading case on bail, State of Minnesota vs. Wesley Brooks.[3] Anderson reached the statutory mandatory retirement age for judges in Minnesota in May 2013. He retired on May 31, 2013.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Anderson is married to his wife, Jan, who worked as the human resources director at Metropolitan State University. They have one daughter, Isa, who is an elementary school teacher. Their second daughter, Marina, suffered from mental illness and took her own life in 2005 at the age of 25.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Biographies of the Justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court". Minnesota State Law Library. Retrieved June 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Simons, Abby (May 30, 2013). "Veteran justice's retirement is end of an era for state Supreme Court". Star Tribune. Retrieved June 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ Anderson, Paul H. (January 13, 2000). "State of Minnesota vs. Wesley Brooks". Minnesota State Law Library. Retrieved June 2, 2013. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
D.D. Wozniak
Chief Judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals
1992–1994
Succeeded by
Anne Simonett
Preceded by
John Simonett
Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court
1994–2013
Succeeded by
David Lillehaug