League of Women Voters kickoff to feature retired Supreme Court justice

Retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Esther Tomljanovich will be the featured speaker at the League of Women Voters ABC fall kickoff Monday Sept. 10, 6 p.m., at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

The Student Senate and the ABC League are co-sponsoring this event. The public is invited to attend.

Tomljanovich served on Minnesota’s highest court from her appointment in 1990 until her retirement in 1998. She was part of the first state supreme court to ever have a female majority.

Prior to the Supreme Court, Tomljanovich served as a district court judge where her leadership capabilities led her colleagues to elect her as the first woman assistant chief judge in Minnesota, according to Katherine Whelchel, ABC League.

She broke many barriers when she entered the St. Paul College of Law (now William Mitchell College of Law) and graduated in 1955 as the only woman in her class, Whelchel said.

Tomljanovich addressed the ABC League at an Equal Rights Amendment rally in Anoka in 1977 shortly after being named as a judge for the 10th Judicial District Court.

In addition to her judicial roles, Tomljanovich has held numerous leadership roles, including chairing the Minnesota Supreme Court Gender Fairness Implementation Committee.

The committee was charged with putting into action recommendations for ensuring that the state court system is unbiased in its treatment of women.

Tomljanovich’s presentation Sept. 10 will be “Decisions, Decisions – At the Court and In Your Life.”

It will include a brief synopsis of her background and journey to the bench with an encouraging conversation for being involved and informed and aware of the effects of decisions made along the way, using the two recent amendment decisions as a focus, according to Whelchel.

The event will take place in the Legacy Room of Anoka-Ramsey Community College, near the north visitor entrance off Mississippi Boulevard in Coon Rapids.

There will be social time and refreshments at 6 p.m., followed by Tomljanovich’s presentation at 6:30 p.m.

Anoka-Ramsey is a non-partisan organization and neither supports nor opposes any position on political issues, Whelchel said.

For additional information, contact Whelchel at  kathiew7contacts@gmail.

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