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Chief Justice Lorie Gildea (Staff file photo: Kevin Featherly)
Chief Justice Lorie Gildea (Staff file photo: Kevin Featherly)

Bar Buzz: State of Judiciary speech slated for Thursday

In what almost certainly will be a first, Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea will deliver her annual State of the Judiciary speech remotely this year.

She will give the talk on Thursday, June 25, during the annual Minnesota State Bar Association Convention, which begins Monday. The 45-minute speech will begin at 11 a.m.

Gildea has been presenting the talk as the MSBA convention’s keynote speech for about a decade, though normally in person.

Last year, the chief spoke to about 400 conference goers, describing the Minnesota court system’s performance, its goals and the Judicial Branch’s strategic plan. During that talk she characterized the state of the judiciary as “strong and sturdy.”

While no highlights of the coming speech have been released, it’s not unlikely that Gildea will talk about the Judicial Council’s months-long preparations for dealing with the COVID-19 crisis and its aftermath—including potential budget cuts in the face of declining state revenues.

Just prior to her speech, the State Bar plans to recognize the end of Tom Nelson’s term and the start of Dyan Ebert’s term as MSBA President. American Bar Association President Judy Perry Martinez is expected to address attendees after Gildea’s remarks.

Hundreds of Minnesota’s legal professionals are expected to attend this year’s MSBA Virtual Convention.

For more information on the virtual conference, visit the state Bar’s web site, www.mnbar.org/msba-home.

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About Kevin Featherly

Kevin Featherly, who joined BridgeTower Media in mid-2016, is a journalist and former freelance writer who has covered politics, law, business, technology and popular culture for publications and websites in the Twin Cities and nationally since the mid-1990s.

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