Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Lillehaug to Give 2018 Commencement Address

Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Lillehaug will speak at Augustana's 2018 Commencement

Minnesota Supreme Court Justice the Hon. David L. Lillehaug '76 will address graduating seniors at Augustana's 2018 commencement exercises on Saturday, May 19, at the Sioux Falls Arena. 

Lillehaug, who was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2013, will speak "On Becoming a Public Citizen."

Upon announcing his appointment, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said Lillehaug “has one of the most brilliant minds I have ever encountered; yet he can also put very complex legal issues into very understandable writings. His diligence, preparation, and professionalism are always impeccable.”

About The Hon. David Lillehaug

The son of an Augustana professor and a homemaker, David Lillehaug grew up on Prairie Avenue, half a block from the Augustana campus. In 1976 he received his Augustana B.A. summa cum laude. 

Augustana prepared Lillehaug well for Harvard Law School; he received his J.D. cum laude in 1979. Then he served as a law clerk to a U.S. District Court Judge in Minneapolis.

After presidential nomination and unanimous confirmation, from 1994 to 1998 Lillehaug served as the United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota, the federal government’s chief prosecutor in the state. He won praise for his work on white-collar and gang-related crime. 

For 25 years Lillehaug was a lawyer in private practice, representing clients in high-profile litigation and investigations. Among others, he represented Fortune 100 companies, three U.S. Senators, Minnesota’s governor, auditor, and house of representatives, the University of Minnesota, the City of Saint Paul, and two Ojibwe nations. He was well-known for pro bono work. 

In 2013, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton appointed Lillehaug to the Minnesota Supreme Court, and he was retained in the 2014 election. In five years on the Court, Justice Lillehaug has authored over 100 opinions. 

Justice Lillehaug has served on governing or advisory boards for Augustana University (Outstanding Alumnus Award, 2006), the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the Minnesota Justice Foundation, and Edina Community Lutheran Church.  Married for 36 years to Winifred Smith, their daughter, Kara, just graduated from law school.