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Associate Justice Alan C. Page

Supreme Court

Minnesota Judicial Center
Phone: (651) 297-7650


Born: August 7, 1945
Spouse: Diane Sims Page
Four Children


Central Catholic High School, Canton, Ohio

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of Notre Dame, 1967

Juris Doctor, University of Minnesota Law School, 1978*

*Employed full-time as a professional football player while a full-time law student

Honorary Degrees

Doctor of Laws: University of Notre Dame, 1993; St. John's University, 1994; Westfield State College, 1994; Luther College, 1995; University of New Haven, 1999

Doctor of Humane Letters: Winston-Salem State University, 2000; Gustavus Adolphus College, 2003; University of Notre Dame, 2004; Duke University, 2011

Professional Experience

Associate Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court, 1993-present

Assistant Attorney General, State of Minnesota, 1987-1993

Special Assistant Attorney General (Employment Law Division), 1985-1987

Associate, Lindquist & Vennum, 1979-1984

Commentator, National Public Radio, 1982-1983

Color Commentator, Turner Broadcasting System, College Football Game of the Week, 1982

Professional Football Player, 1967-1981

National Football League Players' Association Players' Representative, 1970-1974, 1976-1977

National Football League Players' Association Executive Committee, 1972-1975

Community Activities and Professional Organizations

Member, American Law Institute, 1993-present

Member, Minnesota State Bar Association, 1979-1985, 1990-present

Member, Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, 1980-present

Member, National Bar Association, 1979-present

Member, American Bar Association, 1979-present

Member, Advisory Board, Mixed Blood Theater, 1984-present

Founder, Page Education Foundation, 1988. Assists students of color with post-secondary education.

Member, Board of Regents, University of Minnesota, 1989-1993

Helped establish Kodak/Alan Page Challenge, a nationwide essay contest encouraging urban youth to recognize the value of education. A frequent speaker to groups of students about the importance of education.

Member, Institute of Bill of Rights Law Task Force on Drug Testing in the Workplace, 1990-1991

Board of Directors, Minneapolis Urban League, 1987-1990

Honors and Awards

2013 Pursuit of Justice Award Co-Recipient, American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
2011 Making a Difference by Breaking Barriers Award, American Bar Association General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division
2011 James V. Day “Good Guy” Award, The American Legion
2011 Champion for Youth Award, Community Justice Project, University of St. Thomas School of Law
2011 Legacy Award, The Pan African Community Endowment
2009 Reatha Clark King Award for Excellence and Youth Motivation through the Cultural Arts
2007 Equal Justice Award, Council on Crime and Justice
2007 Trumpet Awards Foundation Honoree
2005  National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Distinguished American Award
2004  NCAA Theodore Roosevelt Award
2002  Inducted into International Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame
2001  Academic All-American Hall of Fame, 2001 Dick Enberg Award
1999  Sports Illustrated's "The 50 Greatest Sports Figures from Ohio"
1999  Star Tribune's "100 Influential Minnesotans of the Century"
1999  Star Tribune's "100 Most Important Sports Figures of the Century"
1994  Aetna Voice of Conscience Arthur Ashe Jr. Achiever Award
1993  Inducted into College Football Hall of Fame
1993  WCCO Radio Distinguished Good Neighbor Award
1992  U.S. Sports Academy Theodore Roosevelt Meritorious Service Award
1992  Notre Dame Alumni "Reverend Edward Frederick Sorin, C.S.C." Award
1992  NCAA "Silver Anniversary" Award
1992  East-West Game "Babe Hollingbery" Award
1991  Inducted into Chicago's Inner City Sports Hall of Fame
1991  National Education Association "Friend of Education" Award
1990  Inducted into the Nike Walk of Fame
1989  Dedicated "Alan Page Drive" in Canton, Ohio
1988  Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton, Ohio
1987  Completed Edmund Fitzgerald 100-kilometer (62-mile) race
1981  Selected by U.S. Jaycees as one of America's Ten Outstanding Young Men
1979  First active NFL player to complete a marathon (26.2 miles)
1971  First defensive player in NFL history to receive "Most Valuable Player" Award. Received numerous awards and honors for performance in the NFL.