Robert “Bob” Latz Receives State Bar Association’s Prestigious Graven Award for Public Service
Robert “Bob” Latz, father of Senator Ron Latz (DFL-Saint Louis Park) was recently awarded the David Graven Award for Public Service by the Minnesota State Bar Association. The award was established in 1994 to recognize and encourage public service among lawyers. Senator Latz is proud of his father, who has been practicing law for nearly 60 years, and is happy to see the see him receive the award.
“My dad exemplifies the commitment to serving the public interest through elected office and using his skills as a lawyer to excel in that service,” said Sen. Latz. “His dedication, especially to civil and human rights, and his many years of involvement, set a high standard for public servants and for lawyers to achieve.
Recipients must have demonstrated substantial commitment to public or community service. Previous winners include: Judge John Tunheim, Judge Kevin Burke, Edward J. Cleary, Eric Janus, Leonard Lindquist, Richard Beens, and George Latimer.
“The bar association honors my Dad and David Graven with this award. Our family is grateful for the recognition of his service,” said Sen. Latz.
Robert Latz served 4 terms (1959-66) in the Minnesota House of Representatives, as Assistant Attorney General, and on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents and Hospital Board of Governors. He authored the book “Jews in Minnesota Politics: The Inside Stories.” Bob was the DFL-endorsed candidate for Attorney General in 1966, and served as president of the Jewish Community Relations Council and on the national commission of the ADL. He and his wife Carolyn raised four children. Ron chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee and Ron’s wife is attorney Julia Shmidov Latz. Shari is a music teacher at McPhail and a harpist. Her husband is state Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. Marty is a nationally recognized negotiations trainer, consultant and software developer in Phoenix. Micky owns a Homeowners Management Association company also based in Phoenix.