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Justice Paul Thissen

Making Sure Our Courts
Work for Everyone

Why Paul Thissen isn’t waging a normal campaign for Minnesota Supreme Court

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State Constitution

In these uncertain times, Minnesotans are looking for fairness, stability, basic justice and common sense from the courts.  With all the heated rhetoric about the United States Supreme Court, we can take comfort as Minnesotans that our state founders adopted an...

Reader Opinion: Thissen for supreme court

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McFeely Mess podcast: Minnesota Supreme Court candidate Paul Thissen says judgment matters, draws distinction with opponent

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Access to Justice

Making sure Minnesotans have access to justice has been a passion for me since my earliest days as a lawyer. I represented for free victims of domestic abuse, a family with a disabled son seeking assistance, individuals fleeing torture and seeking asylum in the United...

Protecting the Rights of Minnesotans

One of the fundamental jobs of a judge is to protect the individual rights of Minnesotans and to make sure that the powerful are held accountable to the law. The government must follow the law just like you and me. As a lawyer, I founded the group Access for...

MSBA Poll Results

First, we're pleased to announce that Minnesota lawyers have spoken, and more than 90% prefer Justice Paul Thissen over his opponent for the Minnesota Supreme Court! According to a recent survey by the Minnesota State Bar Association of its members – many of whom...

Racial Justice and the Minnesota Courts

In recent months, we all have witnessed more than ever the real pain, sadness, and anger of so many of our neighbors and fellow Minnesotans.The fact of racial inequality has been staring us in the face since before the founding of our country. And as we know, racial...

a note from paul

I am so honored to serve you as a Justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court. And I humbly ask for your support to continue to work on your behalf.

I have a long and deep commitment to public service to our state. I’ve learned through that work that Minnesotans value fairness, accountability, individual dignity, and the chance to have their voices heard. And I worked hard as a lawyer representing clients in complex lawsuits, as a public defender, as a State Representative and Speaker of the Minnesota House, and now as a Supreme Court Justice to promote and defend those values.

My career has given me the chance to travel tens of thousands of miles to all corners of the state, visiting businesses, prisons, hospitals, homeless shelters, colleges and courthouses. I’ve worked with people in their neighborhoods and communities as they tackle local challenges. Most important, I have listened closely to, and been inspired by, Minnesotans’ stories, aspirations and concerns. Those experiences were wonderful preparation for sustaining and renewing a justice system that is responsive and truly sees the people behind the lawsuits.

This is a critical time for our courts. Across our country, the rule of law and the idea that our courts should serve the interests of all the people is under attack. I am committed to do everything in my power to build and maintain public trust that justice in Minnesota is delivered fairly and impartially according to the law.

That said, I know that our justice system is imperfect. Too many people, especially poor people, people of color and people in rural areas, do not have the same access to justice as other Minnesotans. I am fiercely committed to changing that reality. Over my career, I have helped at no charge survivors of domestic abuse, people fleeing persecution in their home countries and seeking asylum in the United States, and parents seeking to preserve their custody rights. I worked on a successful decade-long effort to free an inmate wrongly sentenced to death in Texas. I organized Access for Persons with Disabilities, a program that trained lawyers on the unique needs and obstacles to justice for persons with disabilities and paired those lawyers with clients with disabilities. And I am leading efforts on the Court to implement innovative ideas to make sure everyone who needs legal advice gets it.

My commitment to you is that I will work hard every day to thoroughly and compassionately consider every case that comes before me.

Paul Thissen

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P.O. Box 235
2038 Ford Parkway
St Paul, MN 55116
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