ABA President Paulette Brown and Justice Alan Page to speak in Grand Forks on June 16, 2016 - Public Invited
Paulette Brown, the first African American woman to be elected President of the American Bar Association, and Alan Page, the first African American to be elected to the Minnesota Supreme Court, will speak at the Chester Fritz Auditorium on Thursday, June 16, 2016. The presentations are part of the State Bar Association of North Dakota’s Annual Meeting. In partnership with the UND School of Law, both Brown’s and Page’s presentations will be open to the public, free of charge. Both speakers will address diversity in the legal profession and its impact on both clients and communities.
Thursday, June 16, 2016 - Chester Fritz Auditorium
8:30 to 10 a.m. - Alan Page, “Awareness of Ethics and the Elimination of Bias in the Law”
10:15 to 11:15 a.m. - Panel Discussion with Paulette Brown - "Diversity and Bias in the Profession"
Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court - Retired 2015
Alan C. Page sought election to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1992 and won, becoming the first African American on the court and one of the few associate justices ever to join the court initially through election, rather than appointment by the governor. When Justice Page was reelected in 1998, he became the biggest vote-getter in Minnesota history. He was reelected in 2004 and 2010 and served until he reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 in 2015.
Law was Alan Page’s second career; he was a first-round draft choice of the Minnesota Vikings in 1967 and he played for the Vikings until 1978. The last three years of his football career were with the Chicago Bears, 1978–1981. During his career, Alan Page played in 218 consecutive games, earning All-Pro honors six times, and was voted to nine consecutive Pro Bowls. In 1971 he was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player, becoming only the second defensive player in history to be named MVP. In 1988 Alan Page was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Also in 1988, Justice Page and his wife Diane founded the Page Education Foundation, which assists students of color in their pursuit of post-secondary education. To date, the foundation has awarded over $12 million in grants to more than 6,000 individuals.
Alan Page retiring from high court after singular career - StarTribune
President, American Bar Association
Paulette Brown is president of the American Bar Association. Brown has held many positions throughout her career, including as in-house counsel to a number of Fortune 500 companies and as a municipal court judge. In private practice, she has focused on all facets of labor and employment and commercial litigation.
Brown has been recognized by the National Law Journal as one of "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America” and by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of the “prominent women and minority attorneys in the State of New Jersey." In 2009, Brown was a recipient of the Spirit of Excellence Award from the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. In 2011, she was honored with the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. Brown, who served President of the National Bar Association from 1993-1994, received the NBA’s highest honor, The C. Francis Stradford Award, in 2015.
Paulette Brown announces ambitious plans as she assumes the ABA presidency - The ABA Journal
Diversity takes center stage with new American Bar Association president - The Washington Post