Minnesota State Law Library
Samuel Lee Hanson was born on August 26, 1939, in Mankato, Minnesota. He graduated from Saint Olaf College in 1961, and William Mitchell College of Law in 1965.
During law school, Hanson served as deputy clerk of courts for the U.S. District Court from 1961 to 1963 and law librarian for the U.S. Court of Appeals from 1963 to 1964. Hanson clerked for future Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice, Douglas Amdahl, at the Hennepin County District Court from 1964 to 1965 and then, after graduating from William Mitchell, cum laude, Hanson clerked for Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Robert Sheran from 1965 to 1966.
Beginning in 1966, Hanson practiced law at the Minneapolis firm, Briggs and Morgan, where he served as president from 1988 to 1993. In 2000, after thirty-four years of private practice, Hanson left Briggs & Morgan when Governor Jesse Ventura appointed him to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Just two years later, on June 22, 2002, Governor Ventura appointed Hanson Associate Justice of Minnesota Supreme Court where he served until January 1, 2008.
After retiring form the Court, Hanson returned to Briggs and Morgan where he continues to practice law to this day.
You can read more about Justice Hanson in the resources linked in this guide, which serve as sources for this brief biography.