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Phil Carruthers ('79) Honored as Distinguished Humanitarian

MAY 18, 2010—Philip C. Carruthers ('79) will receive one of the three 2010 Law Day awards being presented by the Ramsey County Bar Association (RCBA) today at its annual meeting in St. Paul.

Carruthers will be honored with the Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award, given annually to a lawyer who has shown outstanding professional performance, community leadership, and achievement in service to the citizens of Ramsey County as well as commitment to the vision of the Constitution. He was nominated by Eric Larson, a senior attorney for the St. Paul City Attorney's Office.

Through his service on the Bench & Bar Benefit Committee, Carruthers raised a record amount for the RCBA and its programs. As a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, he served the public from 1986-2001, as Speaker from 1997-99, and chaired committees on metropolitan affairs, data privacy, and rules and legislative administration. From 1983-86, he served on the Metropolitan Council, helping manage regional services for the seven-county metro area.

Carruthers is Director of the Prosecution Division of the Ramsey County Attorney's Office, which is responsible for prosecuting all adult felonies and all juvenile cases in Ramsey County. He received a B.A. in liberal arts and political science from the University of Minnesota in 1975 and a J.D. from the Law School in 1979.

He has been a director of the University of Minnesota Law Alumni Association and a dedicated member for many years. In recognition of Carruthers' work in securing funds for the Law School clinic program from the state legislature, then Dean E. Thomas Sullivan named the Law School's public interest clinic the Philip C. Carruthers Public Interest Law Clinic.

Additional 2010 Law Day awards go to Patricia Brummer, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services Volunteer Attorney Coordinator, who receives the Liberty Bell Award for a nonlawyer who has promoted understanding, respect, and individual responsibility for law and government; and to the Children's Law Center of Minnesota, which receives the Excellence in Diversity Award for encouraging and supporting diversity and equal opportunities for historically underrepresented groups in the community.