Justice Paul Anderson turns in robe; Lillehaug takes seat on high court Monday


There will be a changing of the justices at the Minnesota Supreme Court on Monday.

In a ceremony at the Minnesota Judicial Center, David Lillehaug will be sworn in as the newest associate justice.

The occasion also brings a look back at the career of Justice Paul Anderson, who reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 after 19 years on the high court.

One of the tributes to Anderson came from former Gov. Arne Carlson, who appointed him first to the Appeals Court, then to the Supreme Court. Carlson says Anderson has always been committed to strengthening democracy and upholding what is embodied by his favorite phrase "the majesty of law."

Star Tribune editorial writer Lori Sturdevant sees Anderson's public service as part of a line of centrist Republicans that she traces back to the election of Gov. Harold Stassen in 1938.

A separate Star Tribune article notes that during his long tenure, Anderson evolved into one of the court's more liberal justices. All the while, he kept the importance of the job in mind: “Behind every case there’s a human being, and you can never forget about that,” he said. “You’re affecting human lives. Never, ever lose sight of that.”

Lillehaug revealed last week that he's been diagnosed with throat cancer and will undergo treatments for it beginning in mid-June.

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