First female justice on Minn. Supreme Court dies at 88


Minnesota Lawyer reports that Rosalie Wahl, the first woman to serve as a Minnesota Supreme Court Justice died Monday. She was 88.

She was a graduate of the William Mitchell College of Law, which has described her as one of their most distinguished alumni. Wahl entered law school at 38 and graduated in 1967 at age 44, when she was the mother of five. Ten years later, Gov. Rudy Perpich she appointed her to the Minnesota Supreme Court, a post she held until her retirement in 1994.

While on the court, Wahl headed two Supreme Court task forces charged with the study of race and gender bias in the state’s judicial system.

A 58-minute documentary film about her, Girl From Birch Creek, was released in 2012. The IMBD posting describes the film this way:
"A woman faces tragedy and hardship as a young girl in Depression-era Kansas, but grows up to fight the battle for women's equality during the 1970s, opening the doors of opportunity for generations of women who will come after her. Through the compelling story of one inspiring and courageous woman who becomes a lawyer and then one of the first state supreme court judges in the country, we witness an example of how women all across the country came together to fight the battle for equality."

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