Women's Initiative Luncheon

Wednesday, September 26th

Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Anne McKeig will be the keynote speaker at the Women’s Initiative Luncheon at 11:30 am on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the IAAO Annual Conference in Minneapolis. Tickets for the luncheon are $25 and can be purchased during registration or by contacting Rachel Mense at IAAO.

Justice McKeig was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court by Governor Mark Dayton in September 2016, becoming the first Native American female in the United States to be appointed to a state’s highest court.  

Prior to joining the Supreme Court she was appointed to the district court bench in 2008 by Governor Tim Pawlenty.  She served as Presiding Judge in Family Court of the Fourth Judicial District (Hennepin County), located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  During her tenure, she spearheaded the Family Court Enhancement Project, a demonstration project to improve outcomes for families facing domestic violence issues.  

Previously she worked as an Assistant Hennepin County attorney for over 16 years, handling child protection cases and adoption matters, with a specialty in cases involving the Indian Child Welfare Act.  

Justice McKeig is co-author of a law school curriculum entitled “Child Abuse and the Law,” which she currently teaches as an adjunct professor at both Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul and St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis.  

She is currently a member of the Speakers Bureau for Gundersen Health National Child Protection Training Center, board member of Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Division of Indian Work, the Infinity Project, a trustee for St. Catherine University, and a member of the State/Tribal Court forum.

Justice Anne McKeig is a descendant of the White Earth Nation, and a native of Federal Dam in Northern Minnesota, where she grew up on the Leech Lake Reservation.  Justice McKeig attended Northland High School in Remer, Minnesota, received a Bachelor of Arts from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, and her law degree from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul.