Report and Recommendation of the
Ad Hoc Committee on Appellate Court Retirements
Adopted by the Board of Governors December 6, 2002
The Committee has been asked to prepare a report with recommendations on how the MSBA honors retiring Supreme Court justices and Court of Appeals judges. Prior to making the recommendation outlined below, Committee members reviewed financial summaries of four retirement celebrations, the number of events anticipated in any given year (based on the mandatory retirement age), and discussed a variety of options about how retiring appellate court judges could be recognized.
It is the Committee’s recommendation that the MSBA continue the longstanding tradition of honoring retiring Supreme Court justices with a dinner/gathering in the justice’s honor at an event close in time to the retirement date. It is the Committee’s recommendation that a fee be charged commensurate with the goal that the event be self-supporting. If there is a shortfall, the shortfall will be borne by the MSBA. The MSBA Appellate Practice Section will be responsible for planning and event preparation. It will, however, be an MSBA event.
It is also the Committee’s recommendation that the MSBA continue to honor the retiring Minnesota Court of Appeals judges at an event close in time to the retirement date. It is the Committee’s recommendation that such event be a more casual, low key event, for which a commensurate fee will also be charged with the goal of making the event self-supporting. This, too, will be an MSBA event. The MSBA Appellate Practice Section will be responsible for planning and event preparation.
MSBA staff support will be required for these events. The amount of staff time necessary will vary depending on the size of the event, but it is believed that no single event will require more than 50 hours.
The distinction in formality and size of the event is recommended based on tradition as well as the practical consideration of the number of Court of Appeals judges versus Supreme Court justices.