ST. PAUL, MN – Today, Governor Mark Dayton announced his appointment of the Honorable Anne K. McKeig as Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Judge McKeig will replace Associate Justice Christopher J. Dietzen, who will be retiring at the end of August.
“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 Governor Dayton. “Judge McKeig has worked honorably to ensure justice for some of Minnesota’s most vulnerable people, with her strong dedication to Indian Child Welfare and her work leading the Fourth District Family Court.
“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. 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 Governor Dayton for the honor of continuing my service to the people of Minnesota as an Associate Justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court,” said Judge McKeig. “I am humbled by the opportunity to continue working to deliver justice for all Minnesotans in this important role.”
Governor Dayton thanked Justice Dietzen 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 2008.
“For eight years, Justice Christopher Dietzen has served the people of Minnesota on our state’s Supreme Court with honor and distinction,” said Governor 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.”
About Anne K. McKeig
Judge McKeig has served as a District Court Judge in the Fourth Judicial District since her appointment in 2008 by Governor 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 over 16 years, where she specialized in Indian Child Welfare cases.
Judge McKeig is currently an adjunct professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, a trainer for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, past chair and current board member of the Board of the Division of Indian Work, and a member of the Speakers Bureau for the National Child Protection Training Center. She is also a frequent speaker at many local and national conferences on the issue of Indian Child Welfare, and is a descendant of White Earth Nation.
Judge McKeig earned her B.S. from St. Catherine University and her J.D. from Hamline University School of Law.
] Listen to audio from Governor Dayton’s news conference this morning. [Link
] Governor Dayton, Judge McKeig, and Chief Justice Gildea at this morning’s news conference. [Link