“Justice Alan Page had the foresight to attend the University of Minnesota Law School while making a living as one of the Minnesota Vikings’ famed ‘Purple People Eaters’ of the late 1960s and ’70s. He is likely the only state Supreme Court justice in the country to be a member of the college and pro football Halls of Fame. He began his legal career in private practice while still playing football,” said Fletcher D. Handley Jr., chair of the TIPS Plaintiff’s Policy Task Force. “Upon retirement, he became a state assistant attorney general and has been an associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court since 1993. Justice Page also has a long history of community service and has been named on both ‘100 Influential Minnesotans of the Century’ and ‘100 Most Important Sports Figures of the Century.’ It is an absolute honor to present Justice Page with the Pursuit of Justice Award.”
Page will receive the award on Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis during the TIPS Fall Leadership Meeting’s Welcome and Pursuit of Justice Awards Reception.
In addition to serving as associate justice, Page has worked in the Minnesota attorney general’s office and as an associate at the law firm Lindquist & Vennum. He played professional football for the Minnesota Vikings from 1967 to 1978 and for the Chicago Bears from 1978 to 1981.
Page is a member of the American Law Institute, Minnesota State Bar Association, Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, National Bar Association and American Bar Association. He is the founder of the Page Education Foundation, which assists students of color with postsecondary education. Page also helped establish the Kodak/Alan Page Challenge, a nationwide essay contest encouraging urban youth to recognize the value of education, and he is a frequent speaker to groups of students about the importance of education.
He has received many awards, including the 2011 Making a Difference by Breaking Barriers Award from the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division, the 2011 Champion for Youth Award from the Community Justice Project at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, the 2009 Reatha Clark King Award for Excellence and Youth Motivation through the Cultural Arts and the 2007 Equal Justice Award from the Council on Crime and Justice.
Page earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame in 1967 and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1978. He has also received numerous honorary degrees, including from the University of Notre Dame, St. John’s University, Winston-Salem State University and Duke University.
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