University law alumnus, chief

The University honored one of its most well-known and well-respected Law School alumni Thursday night: Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz.
Blatz received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the University at the Minneapolis Club in downtown Minneapolis.
“In her distinguished career as a lawyer, legislator, judge and justice, Chief Justice Blatz has brought honor upon herself, the Law School and the state of Minnesota,” said Law School Dean E. Thomas Sullivan.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame with honors, then received her master’s degree in social work and her law degree from the University of Minnesota.
The first woman to hold the position of chief justice, Blatz is also the first University Law School graduate to do so.
Prior to being appointed to the Supreme Court, Blatz served in the state House of Representatives. First elected in 1979, she served eight terms until 1994. During that time, she served as assistant minority leader and crime and family law committee chairwoman.
She graduated from the University in 1984.

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