Barry Anderson, Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice, Seat 1: Profile
Anderson is the incumbent candidate for the Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court seat 1 in the 2012 election.
Name : Barry Anderson
Also known as : Barry
Age : 57
Place of residence : Apple Valley, MN
Attended college : Yes
College : Gustavus Adolphus College
Degree : B.A. double major in History and Political Science
Year of graduation : 1976
University : University of Minnesota Law School
Area of research : Law
Year of graduation : 1979
Job titles held : Partner
Employers : Arnold, Anderson & Dove, PLLP
Party affiliation : Other
Party affiliation : Non-Partisan
Running for a: State office
Running for position: Associate Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court
Chamber/district: State wide
First elected: 07 November 2006
Previous elective offices : Minnesota Court of Appeals
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: NA
Justice Barry Anderson is an experienced judge, first appointed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals in 1998, and to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2004.
He has written over 400 judicial opinions and participated in over 1,500 decisions. He serves on the Judicial Council, the statewide governing board for the Minnesota Judicial Branch. He has taken a leadership role in implementing electronic filing of documents throughout the judiciary, an innovation designed to improve efficiency, save money and enhance access to documents for lawyers and litigants.
Justice Anderson was born and raised in Mankato, and is a 1976 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College and a 1979 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School. He was a general practice lawyer, first in Fairmont and then in Hutchinson, where he served as the city attorney for over a decade. He is certified as a civil trial specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association and was an experienced trial lawyer, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of cases. Prior to his judicial career, Justice Anderson was a community volunteer and leader in public access television efforts, with school and church related activities and on numerous boards and committees. More recently, he has served as a member of the Minnesota Valley YMCA Community Board of Directors, as a youth athletics coach, and as a national judge of the "We the People" high school civics competition. He regularly engages in outreach efforts on behalf of the Supreme Court, speaking to many groups of students and adults, in St. Paul and across Minnesota, about the role of our courts in our state.
He and his wife, Louise, a public school teacher, have three adult children.