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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Magnuson multi-tasks

Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson is working the rooms across the state to garner support for an additional $54 million for the justice system and told Minnesota Lawyer he’s gratified at the public reception so far although he knows there is a lot more work to do with the governor and the legislature. A measure of the court’s success in getting its message out was Sunday’s editorial in the St. Cloud Times, “Our view: Justice system requires funding.” It cautions, “Remember, legislators and the governor largely created this situation with their latest budget-balancing efforts. They need to fix it or justice might not just be delayed (even more); it might well be denied statewide.”

Also this week, Magnuson attended the MSBA Appellate Practice Council launch of its quarterly lunch series, designed to elevate the practice of the appellate bar and bring together appellate practitioners and appellate judges to discuss current appellate practice issues. Not only did he attend, he set the table when the caterers were late. “I’ve always been a hands-on kind of guy,” the chief joked modestly.

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