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Statement of Associate Justice Designate David Lillehaug

Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The appointment of David Lillehaug as associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court was announced on March 26, 2013, by Governor Mark Dayton.  Lillehaug will join the Court on June 3, 2013.  The following is a statement from Associate Justice Designate David Lillehaug: 

Last week, I learned that I have throat cancer.  Fortunately, it has been caught very early, it is localized, and it is highly curable.

My doctors at the nationally renowned Virginia Piper Institute, part of Abbott Northwestern Hospital, are preparing a seven-week non-surgical treatment plan to start in mid-June.  All agree that this development will not prevent me from serving as an associate justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court.

On Monday, June 3, I will join the Court as scheduled.  Both the Governor and the Chief Justice support this plan.  While I may experience unpleasant side effects from the treatment (including around late June, the time of my formal investiture), I expect to participate fully in the Court’s ongoing work.