Minnesota Supreme Court  Historical Society

Court of Appeals 40th Anniversary Symposium

  • 11/02/2023
  • 12:45 PM - 7:00 PM
  • University of St. Thomas Law School


  • persons who work for the government, public institutions, or nonprofit organizations

Online registration is closed.
You are welcome to register in person at the door.

Please join us for a half-day symposium celebrating the
40th Anniversary of the Minnesota Court of Appeals. 


12:45 - 1:00  Registration

1:00 – 1:10  Welcome

1:10 – 1:40  The Campaign to Create the Minnesota Court of Appeals
Lori Sturdevant, Retired Star Tribune Reporter and Author

1:45 – 2:45 Keynote:  Intermediate Courts of Appeal and the Rule of Law
Don Verrilli, Former United States Solicitor General

2:45 – 2:55 Break

2:55– 4:10 Panel 1 - The Role of State Appellate Courts and State Constitutions

Professor Elizabeth Bentley, University of Minnesota Law School
Professor John Bessler, University of Baltimore Law School
Chief Judge Erin Lagesen, Oregon Court of Appeals
David Lillehaug, Of Counsel, Fredrikson & Byron, former Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court

4:10 – 4:15 Break

4:15 – 5:00 Panel 1– What’s ahead for the Minnesota Court of Appeals
Judge Theodora K. Gaïtas, Minnesota Court of Appeals
Cathryn Middlebrook, Minnesota Chief Appellate Public Defender
Liz Kramer, Minnesota Solicitor General
Erica Holzer, Partner, Maslon LLP

5:00 - 7:00   Reception 
Heavy appetizers provided | cash bar

3.25 Standard Credits applied for in Minnesota.  

This program will have in-person attendance only.  

Parking is available at posted rates at multiple ramps and surface lots near campus. 

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Contact Us

Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society
PO Box 25
Chisago City, MN 55013-0025


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