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Paul Anderson (judge)

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Appointed by  Arne Carlson
Appointed by  Arne Carlson
Spouse(s)  Jan
Name  Paul Anderson
Succeeded by  David Lillehaug
Preceded by  John Simonett
Preceded by  D.D. Wozniak
Children  Isa Marina (died 2005)
Role  Jurist
Paul Anderson (jurist)
Born  May 14, 1943 (age 72) Eden Prairie, Minnesota (1943-05-14)
Education  University of Minnesota Law School, University of Minnesota, Macalester College

Paul Holden Anderson (born May 14, 1943) is a former Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. He served as Chief Judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals from 1992 to 1994.



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Anderson graduated from Macalester College in Saint Paul in 1965 with a B.A. cum laude and earned a J.D. in 1968 from the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis.

Legal career

Before his appointment to the judicial branch, Anderson was in private practice as a partner in the law firm of LeVander, Gillen & Miller Law Offices in South Saint Paul. He served as a VISTA (Volunteers In Service to America) attorney from 1968 to 1969 and as a special Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division and Department of Public Safety of the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General from 1970 to 1971. He served on Arne Carlson's 1990 Minnesota gubernatorial campaign committee.

Anderson was appointed by Governor Arne Carlson to the Minnesota Court of Appeals as Chief Judge, beginning on September 1, 1992. Two years later, Carlson appointed Anderson to be an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, beginning on July 1, 1994. He is the author of many important decisions, including a leading case on bail, State of Minnesota vs. Wesley Brooks. Anderson retired on May 31, 2013 when he reached the statutory mandatory retirement age for judges in Minnesota.

Personal life

Anderson lives in St. Paul with his wife, Jan, who worked as the human resources director at Metropolitan State University. They have one daughter, Isa, who is an elementary school teacher. Their second daughter, Marina, died in 2005.


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