2016 Lifetime Legend Recipients
There have been many exceptional community leaders who have been honored with Local/Lifetime
Legend awards over the past ten years.
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list of award recipients.
The Honorable Michael J. Davis
For 45 years United States Judge Michael J. Davis has had a passion for equal access and equal justice for all.
His lifelong commitment to and pursuit of equal access and equal justice for all began with his work with the Legal Rights Center. Under the tutelage of Doug Hall, Willie Mae Dixon, Clyde Bellecourt and Jim Krieger, Judge Davis perfected his legal skills to serve the voiceless and underrepresented in our society. His commitment continued through his work at the Neighborhood Justice Center, Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office, and throughout his 11 years as a State Court Judge in Hennepin County.
This flame burned bright as the editor in chief of the comprehensive and influential Minnesota Supreme Court Racial Bias Task Force report issued in 1993...
The Honorable Alan C. Page
Alan C. Page was born August 7, 1945, in Canton, Ohio. He graduated from Canton Central Catholic High School in 1963, and received his B.A. in political science from the University of Notre Dame in 1967 and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1978.
After graduating from law school, Alan Page worked as an attorney for a law firm in Minneapolis, then served seven years as an attorney in the office of the Minnesota Attorney General.
He sought election to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1992 and won, becoming the first African American on the court and one of the few associate justices ever to join the court initially through election, rather than appointment by the governor. When Justice Page was reelected in 1998, he became the biggest vote-getter in Minnesota history. He was reelected in 2004 and 2010 and served until he reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 in 2015...