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New court administrator chosen for District 2

Theresa M. Owens

Theresa M. Owens

Atty. Theresa M. Owens has been chosen to serve as the new district court administrator for the Second Judicial District. Owens had been serving as executive assistant to the Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson since 2008. She had previously served as chief deputy clerk of the Office of the Clerk of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, and as the federal district clerk for the western district of Wisconsin.

Owens received her law degree from Drake University Law School. Last spring, she was inducted as a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management (ICM) at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in May. The ICM program was designed 40 years ago at the behest of then-U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger to improve the management of state court systems. To become a Fellow, Owens completed 12 courses on a variety of court-related topics ranging from caseflow management to strategic planning, then designed, completed and presented a masters-level research project on appellate court rule-making.

Owens replaces former District Two Court Administrator Andrew Graubard, who moved back to the east coast this summer (see The Third Branch, summer 2013). Retired District Court Administrator Kerry Connelly stepped back in to the role on a part-time basis until Graubard's replacement was found.

Chief Judge Mary K. Wagner, Kenosha County Circuit Court, said she is glad to have a new DCA on board, and Owens brings a great deal of court-related experience and insight to the job.

"We are fortunate to have someone of Theresa's caliber to help with administration of the Second Judicial District," Wagner said.

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