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Minnesota Judges and Justices to Participate in 9th Annual Court Cookout at St. Paul’s Dorothy Day Center

Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Minnesota Supreme Court justices, Court of Appeals judges, a retired Supreme Court justice, retired Court of Appeals judges, a Tax Court judge, law clerks, and court staff will serve lunch to people at the Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul on Friday, May 27, 2011.  Members of the Minnesota Judicial Branch are committed to community service.  This annual barbecue is one of the many efforts to reach out to the people they serve.  

Judges and staff have served more than 4,000 meals to those in need in the first eight years of this event and expect to serve an additional 550 meals this year.  “It is an honor for us to be able to participate in this event,” said Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks, co-chair of the committee that organizes the event for the courts.  “We look forward to it each year.  The lunch is an important opportunity for members of the courts and court staff to reach out to the community and to provide a special meal for people in need.  It helps put a face to members of the judicial branch.”

John Campbell, Cherry Hill Meat Company, Taylors Falls, Minnesota, provides 1,000 beef patties for the annual cookout.  Cherry Hill Meat has been the meat supplier for this event since its inception.  Ice cream parfaits are provided by Louis Henry and the Marion Street McDonald’s restaurant.

“Having the opportunity to talk with clients and share a sense of community are the highlights of the day. It’s wonderful working with the Dorothy Day Center and their great staff to provide this community service,” said Retired Judge Jim Randall.     

Media are welcome to attend this event.  Photographers must comply with the media policy of the Dorothy Day Center and Catholic Charities.  For photo policies please call 612-664-8556.

Who: Minnesota Supreme Court justices; retired Supreme Court justice; Court of Appeals judges; retired Court of Appeals judges; Tax Court judge; law clerks, central staff attorneys and additional judicial administrative assistants

What: Court volunteers serving cookout lunch at the Dorothy Day Center

When: 11:30 a.m., Friday, May 27, 2011

Where: Dorothy Day Center, 183 Old 6th Street, St. Paul, MN