Political science class meets Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Anne McKeig


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Justice McKeig explains to the class what it is like to be a judge on the Minnesota Supreme Court, along with showing students the hidden buttons and functions behind the stand. (Pictured from left to right) Ava Phillippi, Justice Anne McKeig, (in front) Sydney Mancini, (behind) Lydia Schmitz, Grace Knutson, Hannah Orr, (in front) Ella Ettlin, (behind) Ava Hart, Sullivan Hart, Sophia Bruder, Adam Langfield, and Elyse Thoreson. (Not pictured) Grace Madson, Aaron Paul, Juliet Garcia, and Carson Sayler.

Adam Langfield, Writer

Ms. Sayler’s college political science class was not in attendance at school on March 10. This was because they visited our state’s great capitol building in St. Paul to learn a little more about Minnesota’s judicial branch, along with meeting one of the justices on the court, Justice Anne McKeig.

CeCe Thoreson

While visiting the capitol building, the students first attended a couple of oral court arguments. One of the cases was a criminal case, and Justice McKeig later told the students that “criminal cases are [her] favorite because they tend not to be as boring as cases regarding things like taxes.” Next, the students headed down to lunch in the Capitol cafeteria. This was a great time to catch up on everything that couldn’t be talked about prior, due to the lengthy two-hour long court session. Then the students embarked on a tour of the capitol building, which entailed learning the rich and very detailed history of the building of our Capitol.

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Political science students posed with Representatives Bob Vogel and Rich Draheim.

Finally, the students participated in what was, to most, the highlight of the entire trip: the chance to meet and interact with a member of Minnesota Supreme Court: Justice Anne McKeig. She brought students behind the bar of the courtroom, which is typically reserved for those participating in the hearing. Not only did she bring the group behind the bar, but McKeig also allowed them onto the bench to sit in the chairs of the justices (as pictured above). The experience she gave was truly something rare.