My apologies that I’m just getting around to posting these, but we have video of the May 13 press conference announcing the appointment of the new Minnesota Supreme Court chief Justice and associate justice David Stras. After four years on the high court, Gildea is fairly well-known in local legal circles. You are much less likely to know who Stras is, unless you spent some time in academia, went to some Federalist Society functions (where he was a regular speaker) or maybe caught him on radio/TV/webcast talking about (most likely) the U.S. Supreme Court appointment process.
In the video below, Stras speaks for the first time as a Supreme Court appointee, At 35, he may be the youngest high court pick ever. He is a former clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and obtained the prestigious distinction of Order of the Coif in law school. He is also believed to be the first justice to hold an MBA degree and to be a regular blogger.
For many of you, this will be your introduction to Stras, whom you will no doubt be getting to know better in the near future. By the way, this video resolves with finality at least one debate about Stras raging in the legal community since his appointment was announced. His last name is pronounced “Stross” (like “sauce”) and not “Straus” (like “house”). Hopefully that’s resolved now. Gildea has been a justice for four years and I still frequently hear her name mispronounced as “Gild-dee-a” when it should be pronounced “Gil-day.” Hopefully the learning curve on Stras’ name won’t be as long. If it is, however, I’m sure he won’t mind correcting you. He is a professor after all.