Gov. Mark Dayton announced his appointment of Anne McKeig as associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.
McKeig is the state’s first Native-American to serve on Minnesota’s top court. She will replace Associate Justice Christopher Dietzen, who will be retiring at the end of August. The announcement came June 28.
“Judge Anne McKeig has served the people of Minnesota admirably throughout her distinguished career, including as presiding judge of the Family Court in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District,” said Dayton.
Dayton said McKeig is a perfect replacement for outgoing Dietzen.
“Judge McKeig will be a tremendous addition to the Minnesota Supreme Court. I trust that her commitment to justice, and her concern for the well-being of all Minnesotans will bring a unique and valuable perspective to the court,” said Dayton. “I am confident Judge McKeig will continue the same exemplary commitment to fairness and excellence that Justice Dietzen has displayed throughout his distinguished career.”
“I thank Gov. Dayton for the honor of continuing my service to the people of Minnesota as an associate justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court,” said McKeig. “I am humbled by the opportunity to continue working to deliver justice for all Minnesotans in this important role.”
McKeig has served as a district court judge in the Fourth Judicial District since her appointment in 2008 by Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and is the current presiding judge in Family Court. Previously, she worked as an assistant Hennepin County attorney in the Child Protection Division for more than 16 years, where she specialized in Indian Child Welfare cases.
McKeig is also currently an adjunct professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. She earned her B.S. from St. Catherine University and her J.D. from Hamline University School of Law.
Dayton thanked Justice Dietzen for his service to Minnesota, especially for his service on the Supreme Court, where he has served as associate justice since 2008.
“For eight years, Justice Christopher Dietzen has served the people of Minnesota on our state’s Supreme Court with honor and distinction,” said Dayton. “Justice Dietzen’s contributions to justice and jurisprudence will have a lasting impact on our state. On behalf of all Minnesotans, I thank him for his dedicated service.”