Governor Dayton announced his appointment of David Lillehaug to Minnesota's Supreme Court on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at the state capitol.
Today, in a press conference at the State Capitol, Governor Mark Dayton announced his appointment of David Lillehaug to the Minnesota Supreme Court. Mr. Lillehaug will replace Justice Paul Anderson, who will be retiring from the Bench at the end of May.
Governor Dayton thanked Justice Anderson for his dedicated service to the State of Minnesota, especially for his service on the Supreme Court, where he has served as Associate Justice since 1994.
About the appointment, Governor Dayton said:
“Mr. Lillehaug served our state admirably as the United States Attorney, after being confirmed unanimously by the US Senate. In the following years, he has served as lead counsel for cases involving some of the most complex legal and constitutional questions of our time. They include: establishing the rights of Minnesota’s religious institutions under the “conceal-carry” firearms law; challenging Governor Pawlenty’s unallotment of appropriated funds in 2009-2010; and representing my office on constitutional issues regarding the 2011 state government shutdown.
“In 2008 and 2009, Mr. Lillehaug served as Senator Al Franken’s chief Minnesota counsel in the recount following his US Senate contest with Senator Norm Coleman. When faced with my own recount after the 2010 gubernatorial election, I also turned to Mr. Lillehaug for his expertise. In both the 2010 recount and 2011 shutdown cases, Mr. Lillehaug’s representation was superb. He has one of the most brilliant minds I have ever encountered; yet he can also put very complex legal issues into very understandable writings. His diligence, preparation, and professionalism were always impeccable.