On Friday, January 30, 2004, MSU Political Science students Christina Anderson, Takehito Kamata,
Colin Lovett, Nicole Meyer and Nick Morriston, all student members of Pi
Sigma Alpha, traveled with me to St. Paul for a visit to the Minnesota Judicial Center and the state
capitol. The day began with a visit to Associate Justice Sam Hanson of the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Justice Hanson gave the keynote address at the spring 2003 Pi Sigma Alpha initiation banquet at MSU
here for pictures from this event). After meeting with Justice Hanson, we toured the Minnesota Judicial
Center. Following this tour, we had a tour of the state capitol with the Minnesota Historical Society.
Fortunately, an underground tunnel connects the two buildings, for the day was breathtakingly cold - below
zero all day. After our morning in the capitol area, we went to the Uptown area of Minneapolis for lunch at
A Taste of India restaurant.
Left to right: Nicole Meyer, Christina Anderson, Takehito Kamata,
Justice Sam Hanson, Nick Morriston and Colin Lovett, in Justice Hanson's
office as our meeting with him concluded.
Justice Sam Hanson at his chair in the Minnesota Supreme Court's
chambers. After hearing oral arguments in a case, the seven justices
retire to this room for a one-hour conference.
Left to right: Nicole, Colin, Fred, Christina, Takehito and Nick, in
the Minnesota Supreme Court's courtroom, enjoying the justices' plush
seats. Christina is in Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz's seat.
Fred is in Justice Alan Page's seat.
This striking skylight overlooks the Suspended Staircase in the
Minnesota Judicial Center.
A view almost straight up from inside the dome of the Minnesota state
MSU students on the main steps inside the capitol. The marble
columns in the background weigh nine tons each!
After our morning in St. Paul, we had worked up appetites. Here
we're enjoying Indian food in the Uptown district of Minneapolis.
Takehito and Nicole at lunch at A Taste of India in Minneapolis.
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