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Danielle Killey, Forum News Service, Published May 06 2013

Minn. Supreme Court justices talk TV, college and personal lives

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – State Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea has seen a lot of “Law and Order.”

“I love it; I watch it constantly. It has nothing to do with real life,” she told more than 600 Roseville Area High School students.

It was one of many answers to students’ questions Monday. After hearing oral arguments on a case in the school’s auditorium, the justices talked to students about preparing for cases, curbing personal opinions and how they got involved in law.

Justice G. Barry Anderson also talked about a television show, saying he was inspired by Perry Mason to become a lawyer.

The justices shared how the job affects their personal lives.

“We are public figures,” Justice Wilhelmina Wright said. “Many times when you least expect it, people are watching.”

One student asked the judges for any advice on going to college. “Take your education very seriously,” Justice Alan Page said. “Don’t take yourself too seriously.”

The court has held hearings in schools since 1995 to help students better understand the court system. The Roseville visit was the 37th in-school oral argument. The justices also ate lunch with students and visited classrooms.

“This was a wonderful opportunity for both the court and the young people involved,” Justice Christopher Dietzen said.