Alan Page

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Alan Page
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Court Information:
Minnesota Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $152,000
Selection:   Elected
Active:   1993-2016
Past post:   Attorney, Minnesota Attorney General's Office
Past term:   1985-1992
Past post 2:   Attorney, Lindquist & Vennum
Past term 2:   1979-1985
Personal History
Born:   1945
Undergraduate:   University of Notre Dame, 1967
Law School:   University of Minnesota Law School, 1978

Alan Page is an associate justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court. He was elected to this position in 1992 and took office on January 4, 1993. His current term expires in 2016.[1][2] However, Page will retire before the end of his term in August 2015, when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70.[3]


Page graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1967 with a B.A. in political science. He later earned his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1978, while finishing a Hall of Fame career in the National Football League.[4]


  • 1993-2016: Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court
  • 1985-1992: Attorney, Minnesota Attorney General's office
  • 1979-1985: Attorney, Lindquist & Vennum[4]

Awards and associations


  • 2007: Equal Justice Award, Council on Crime and Justice
  • 2007: Trumpet Awards Foundation Honoree
  • 2005: National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Distinguished American Award
  • 1988: National Football Hall of Fame
  • Doctor of Laws: University of Notre Dame, 1993; St. John's University, 1994; Westfield State College, 1994; Luther College, 1995; University of New Haven, 1999
  • Doctor of Humane Letters: Winston-Salem State University, 2000; Gustavus Adolphus College, 2003; University of Notre Dame, 2004[4]


  • Member, Advisory Board, Mixed Blood Theater
  • Member, Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers
  • Member, Board of Regents, University of Minnesota
  • Member, Minneapolis Urban League
  • Founder, Page Education Foundation[4]

For a complete list of Justice Page's awards and associations, visit: Minnesota Judicial Branch, Associate Justice Alan C. Page



See also: Minnesota judicial elections, 2010

Page ran for re-election to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2010. He defeated Tim Tingelstad in the general election, receiving 63.2 percent of the vote.

Candidate IncumbentElection %
Alan Page ApprovedA Yes63.2%
Tim Tingelstad No36.5%



In 2004, Justice Page held his seat on the Minnesota Supreme Court against challenger Tim Tingelstad. Page won 72 percent of the vote.[6]


Page won re-election to the Minnesota Supreme Court, defeating Roger A. Peterson, with 72 percent of the vote.[7]

Political affiliation

Though Minnesota judicial elections are nonpartisan Justice Page was reported to be a supporter of the Democratic Farmer Labor Party in 1998, prior to his re-election.[8]

Judicial philosophy

Audio of Page's judicial philosophy is available here.

Notable cases

Corporal punishment

Page authored the unanimous opinion refusing to label all physical punishment by parents as abuse. The case was the result of a 12-year-old boy who called authorities after being paddled by his father. The court refuses to draw a "bright-line rule that the infliction of any pain constitutes either physical injury or physical abuse, because to do so would effectively prohibit all corporal punishment of children by their parents," Page wrote.[9]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Page received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -1.16, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of -0.07 that justices received in Minnesota. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[10]

See also

External links


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