Chief Justice Natalie Hudson, Associate Justice Karl Procaccini Take Office in Public Investiture Ceremony

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SAINT PAUL, MN—In a historic ceremony filled with equal parts formality and humility, Natalie Hudson took the oath of office as Minnesota’s 23rd Chief Justice, and Karl Procaccini as the 97th Associate Justice, of Minnesota’s Supreme Court—the first person of color, and the first Muslim, to hold those positions.

The ceremony, held Monday at the Minnesota History Center, included a land acknowledgement by Associate Justice Anne McKeig, music by The Sounds of Blackness, and remarks by both Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan.

Chief Justice Hudson’s husband, Rev. Willie Hudson, held the Bible as Judge Wilhelmina Wright administered the oath of office. Afterward, the Chief’s grandchildren, Gabriel Hudson and Naomi Hudson, robed her. In her remarks, the Chief Justice acknowledged the historic moment and its importance to both her and the state.

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