Chief Justice Gildea to address baccalaureate Commencement
Lorie Skjerven Gildea is Minnesota’s 22nd Chief Justice — and only the second woman to hold this position in Supreme Court history. She will deliver the spring Commencement address at St. Catherine University on May 25 at 2 p.m. in the O’Shaughnessy.
On January 11, 2006, then-Governor Tim Pawlenty elected Gildea to the Minnesota Supreme Court. She served as associate justice prior to becoming the state’s top legal officer and highest-ranking judge on July 1, 2010.
In her almost seven years on the Supreme Court, she has helped the Court make decisions in thousands of case and authored over 100 opinions. As an associate justice, she chaired the Supreme Court’s Gender Fairness Implementation Committee and served as the court’s liaison to the Advisory Committee on Rules of Juvenile Protection Procedure and the Board of Legal Certification.
She led, and continues to lead, reforms to cut backlogs and reduce future costs to make the state’s courts more efficient. For example, eCourtMN was implemented under her leadership. The electronic case record system makes it possible for judges, attorneys and staff to view documents online and simultaneously, plus allow the public to access records without making a trip to the courthouse.
Chief Justice Gildea, who was raised in Plummer, Minn., earned a B.A. from the University of Minnesota–Morris and J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Prior to her appointment to the Supreme Court, Gildea served as a judge in the Fourth Judicial District in Hennepin County in 2005–06 and a prosecutor in the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office in 2004–05. She was an associate general counsel for the University of Minnesota from 1993 to 2004 and an attorney at Arent Fox in Washington, D.C. from 1986 to 1993.
Gildea was a member of the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission from 2001 to 2004 under Governors Jesse Ventura and Tim Pawlenty. In addition to her court duties, she has served on the Board of Directors of YWCA of Minneapolis; and the Advisory Board of MINNCORR Industries.
Commencement details are available on the St. Kate's website.
Spring 2013 Associate/Graduate Commencement speaker: Joan Kuzma Costello
See also: Leadership