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Monday, July 23, 2007

Preserving the history of the high court

As Minnesota prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary next year, the courts are considering getting in the action with the establishment of the first-ever Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society.

More than 20 states already have such a society, which serves as a repository for the history of their high courts. One project already under way by proponents of a Minnesota society is the collection and publication of materials on deceased justices of the court.

"The opportunities [for establishing such a society] are great because of the synergy with the state's Sesquicentennial celebration," wrote Minnesota Supreme Court Justices Paul Anderson and Sam Hanson in a letter on the project.

An exploratory meeting of persons interested in the idea of establishing a Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society has been slated for Aug. 8 at 2:00 p.m. in Room 230 of the Judicial Center. Those interesed in attending should contact Lynn Magee at (651) 297-7676.

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