St. Paul Academy and Summit School is pleased to announce that the Honorable Edward C. Stringer, retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice, is the recipient of the 2012 St. Paul Academy and Summit School Distinguished Alumni/ae Award.
“Through his long and distinguished career, Ed Stringer has set aside private practice to serve as a counselor and jurist at the highest levels of our government and judiciary," says Head of School Bryn S. Roberts. "He has worked assiduously to improve the lives not just of Minnesotans but of Americans throughout the country. He is a sterling example of the power of civic engagement.”
Justice Stringer has had a long and distinguished career as an attorney and a public servant. He graduated from St. Paul Academy in 1953 and then attended Amherst College, where he majored in American Studies and graduated Cum Laude in 1957. He is a 1960 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, where he was awarded the Order of the Coif and Cum Laude honors.
From 1960 to 1970, Justice Stringer practiced law with the Stringer, Donnelly and Sharood firm, founded by his father Philip Stringer (SPA ’17). In 1970 he joined the St. Paul firm Briggs & Morgan as head of the antitrust department, a position he held until 1980 when he joined the Pillsbury Company as Senior Vice President and General Counsel.
In 1989, he was appointed by newly-elected President George H.W. Bush to the office of General Counsel of the U. S. Department of Education in Washington D.C. He served through 1991 when he returned to Minnesota to join the staff of Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson. As the Governor’s Chief of Staff he was responsible for all operational aspects of the Governor’s office. In 1994, Governor Carlson appointed him to the Minnesota Supreme Court. Stringer was sworn in on September 1, 1994 as the 76th Associate Justice of the Court. He retired from the Supreme Court in 2002.
Justice Stringer served as a trustee of St. Paul Academy and Summit School for more than a decade, from 1994 until his term expired in 2006. Justice Stringer has four children and one stepson, all of whom graduated from SPA: Philip Stringer ’78, Lucy Stringer ’79, Charlie Stringer ’81, Carolyn Stringer ’84, and Brian Green ’87. His grandson, McNeil Stringer, is a member of the Class of 2011 and is the fourth generation of Stringers to attend the School.
Justice Stringer and his wife Virginia live on Sanibel Island, Florida.