Recent Supreme Court opinions

06/23/15 - 2012AP1493 (2015 WI 58)
Donald Christ v. Exxon Mobil CorporationThe decision of the court of appeals is affirmed.
Author: Justice David T. Prosser
Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack and Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler dissent - opinion filed.

06/18/15 - 2013AP1715 (2015 WI 56)
The Journal Times v. City of Racine Board of Police and Fire CommissionersThe decision of the court of appeals is reversed.
Author: Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler
Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson and Justice Ann Walsh Bradley concur - opinion filed.
Justice David T. Prosser did not participate.

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100 years later, Wisconsin Supreme Court murals still tell stories

June 15, 2015 - One hundred years ago this week, prominent American artist Albert Herter (1871-1950) slipped out of Madison without saying goodbye to the people who had hired him to paint murals for the Wisconsin Supreme Court Hearing Room in the new state Capitol. see full article see full article

800 years old: Magna Carta, Symbol of Freedom Under Law, still influential

June 15, 2015 - Shaky cell phone video of King John of England (1166-1216) affixing his seal to Magna Carta has not yet surfaced on YouTube. So, you’ll have to rely on a visit to the Wisconsin Supreme Court Hearing Room to get a feel for what the scene may have been like 800 years ago in a meadow along the banks of the Thames River outside London. see full article see full article

Judge's courtroom kindness inspires legal career

May 29, 2015 - Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Christopher R. Foley is featured in a front-page column and photo in the May 29 print edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Foley’s simple gesture of letting a 13-year-old girl take the bench for a few minutes during an adoption proceeding in 2003 had profound influence. Christie Jones, now 25, graduated from Marquette Univesity Law School and was admitted to the bar by the Wisconsin Supreme Court on May 18. The Jim Stingl column is posted here. (external link)

J. Denis Moran appointed interim director of state courts

May 28, 2015 - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has appointed former Director of State Courts J. Denis Moran to serve as interim Director of State Courts, effective June 4, through Dec. 4, 2015, Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack announced today. see full article see full article

Grant boosts evidence-based decision-making efforts in Milwaukee County

May 28, 2015 - Milwaukee County is one of 20 jurisdictions selected nationwide to receive a $150,000 grant to help ensure that appropriate evidence-based risk assessments drive decisions about who is being incarcerated. The grant is part of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge program, which announced $75 million in grants on May 27. See the Milwaukee County press release here, and the foundation’s announcement here.

Court interpreter training planned for Wisconsin Rapids

May 27, 2015 - The Director of State Courts Office is accepting applications for interpreter training to be held in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21 at the Hotel Mead Conference Center. see full article see full article

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