William Mitchell Law Review
I am delighted to join in this Tribute to the remarkable judicial career of Minnesota Supreme Court Justice John E. Simonett—a great justice and, equally important, a great human being. I remember Justice Simonett with deep respect and affection. During my years as dean of the University of Minnesota Law School, I could always count on Justice Simonett to enliven any program with his erudite and pithy remarks, his wit, and his joyful presence. I remember particularly a Judges in Residence program in which Justice Simonett and Justice Anthony Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States were the stars of the program, with their thoughtful comments and witty repartee. Justice Simonett’s death was a loss to all who love the law, and it is highly appropriate that this Tribute recognizes and honors his numerous contributions to the law and our profession.
Robert Stein, Building a Strong Foundation: Justice John Simonett and Constitutional Law in Minnesota, 39 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 768 (2013), available at https://scholarship.law.umn.edu/faculty_articles/440.