Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz will address the University of St. Thomas Alumni Association’s First Friday Club luncheon at noon Friday, Nov. 5, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel, 35 S. Seventh St., Minneapolis.

Blatz, who was appointed chief justice in 1997, will speak on “Priorities for Minnesota’s Judicial System,” discussing her philosophy of justice and challenges that face the state’s courts.

The former legislator, assistant county attorney and trial court judge has charted an ambitious agenda in the two years she has led Minnesota’s judiciary. Among her first moves was a three-year pilot project to open court hearings on child abuse and neglect cases.

On first Fridays of each month, October to June, the First Friday Club meets for lunch and a speaker of current interest. St. Thomas alumni and friends, along with the general public, are invited. Cost of each luncheon and presentation is $17.

On Dec. 3 the club welcomes the Most Rev. Harry Flynn, archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, who will give an ecumenical talk, “The Spiritual Hope of the Millennium.”

Reservations for the November luncheon are due at noon Tuesday, Nov. 2. Early reservations are recommended as these luncheons fill quickly. For reservations and further information, call the St. Thomas Alumni Association, (651) 962-6430.

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