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Former Al Franken Attorney Predicts Constitutional Storms

Attorney David Lillehaug, a Sioux Falls native and 1976 alumnus who represented U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) in one of Minnesota’s most historic election recount cases, today outlined four major constitutional storms brewing in the U.S. at the Augustana Thought Leader Forum. The event was held at Callaway’s Event Center.

In his presentation, entitled “The U.S. Constitution: Gathering Storms,” Lillehaug discussed:

  • The process by which constitutional decisions are made and the growing number of judgeship positions that remain vacant due to an increasingly complex confirmation process;
  • Pending lawsuits related to the health care law, which he compared to historic arguments between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson;
  • Court rulings on gay marriage, which he said have the potential to evoke major cultural change; and
  • Religious freedom and the ability for religious institutions to purchase land and build facilities that are in the best interest of the institution, according to the Religious Land Use Act.

A former advisor to iconic political figures such as Walter Mondale, Hubert Humphrey III and Paul Wellstone, Lillehaug served as States Attorney for the District of Minnesota from 1994 to 1998. As an officer and shareholder of Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., a 250-lawyer firm in Minneapolis, he remains an outspoken voice on Minnesota politics and on the U.S. Constitution.

Read the Argus Leader's coverage of Lillehaug's presentation.

Watch KELO-TV's interview with Lillehaug.

Learn more about upcoming Thought Leader Forum presenters.