ARCHIVED: Minnesota Law Librarian Recognized as One of the State's 10 "Attorneys of the Year"

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January 31, 2002

A Minnesota law librarian was named one of 10 "Attorneys of the Year" for 2001 by Minnesota Lawyer newspaper.

The editors of the newspaper chose Marvin Anderson, state law librarian at the Minnesota State Law Library, as a recipient of the "Attorneys of the Year" honor because of his long history of public service to the state's legal profession. During his 20-year tenure as a Minnesota's state law librarian, Anderson founded the state's first minority bar group and created the "Everybody Wins" volunteer reading program, which pairs up elementary students with lawyers. He won the 1999 Spirit of Law Librarianship Award from AALL for organizing the reading program. Anderson is also extremely active in the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries. And this past summer, he helped organize the AALL Annual Meeting and Conference in Minneapolis.

"MALL members know Marvin for his tireless work on behalf of law librarians, but it is especially significant to be singled out for an award for attorney involvement in events of major importance to the state's legal community," said Lori Hedstrom, program manager of Librarian Relations at West Group in Eagan, Minn. "Marvin and his co-chair, Pat Cummings, showcased the many aspects of law librarianship during the AALL conference here [in Minneapolis]. Other honorees include attorneys from government, corporate and private practices, and we are very proud that Marvin is in such distinguished company."

The annual honor is bestowed on attorneys who have risen to a position of leadership in the bar, handled an important case, engaged in significant public service and/or advanced the interests of the state's legal profession in major way.

This year's honorees will be recognized at an awards dinner Jan. 31 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Minneapolis from 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo will be the keynote speaker at tonight's event.