Associate Justice Minnesota Supreme Court
On June 28, 2016, Governor Mark Dayton appointed Anne K. McKeig to the Minnesota Supreme Court as an Associate Justice. Justice McKeig joined the court on September 1, 2016. A descendant of the White Earth Nation, Anne is the first American Indian to sit on the state’s highest court and the first American Indian female to sit on any state court of last resort in the United States. Her appointment created a women’s majority on the court.
Prior to her appointment to the Supreme Court, Anne was appointed to the bench as a District Court Judge in 2008. She served as Presiding Judge in Family Court in Hennepin County located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Anne serves on a National Advisory Council, working with Futures Without Violence and the National Juvenile and Family Court Judges Association (NJFCJ) on child welfare involving children and families experiencing domestic violence, and sits on the Family Violence Domestic Relations Advisory Committee for NJFCJ as well as NJFCJ Diversity Committee.
Anne is a former Assistant Hennepin County attorney, where she worked for over 16 years handling child protection cases and adoption matters with a specialty in cases that fall under the provisions of the Indian Child Welfare Act. Anne co-authored law school curriculum entitled Child Abuse and the Law, which she currently teaches at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and St. Thomas School of Law as an Adjunct Professor.
Anne has spoken at many national conferences regarding child protection issues and working with tribal communities, as well as the intersection of family court and child protection and a multitude of other topics. She trained the Minnesota Department of Human Services for over 10 years on Child Protection procedures. Anne is currently a member of the Speakers Bureau for the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center, a board member of the Minnesota Organization of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, past member of the Governor’s Task Force on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and past chair and current board member of the Division of Indian Work. She is a past member of the Department of Human services foster care work group, a former board member of the Native American Children’s Alliance, an inter-tribal membership organization whose mission is to promote excellence in child abuse prevention and intervention in native communities, and a current member of the State/Tribal Court forum and current Trustee for St. Catherine University.
Anne is a native of Northern Minnesota, where she grew up on the Leech Lake reservation. She is married and a proud mother of five children.