The Third Branch
Wisconsin Law Foundation presents portrait of Justice Bablitch to citizens of Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently accepted a portrait of the late Justice William A. Bablitch from the Wisconsin Law Foundation, the charitable and educational arm of the State Bar of Wisconsin. The portrait, accepted on behalf of the Court by Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson, will hang with other portraits of former justices in the state Capitol.
During a brief dedication ceremony on Nov. 15, Justice N. Patrick Crooks spoke on behalf of the Court. He recalled a time when his friend Bablitch was addressing a group of citizens in the Supreme Court Hearing Room: "What came across was how much he loved the whole fiber of the Court, and it made a difference in my own feeling for the Court. He also served in the Legislature, as the majority leader in the state Senate. We are honored to accept this portrait on behalf of the Court," Crooks said.
Bablitch's widow, Ann Milne, acknowledged the Court and the foundation for honoring her husband, "Each one of you has played a significant and unique part in Bill's distinguished legal and public service career. It is an honor to know that his commitment to the state of Wisconsin and its citizens will be memorialized through this lovely portrait and its placement in our state Capitol. Thank you," Milne said.
Bablitch served on the Supreme Court from 1983 to 2003. In 1965, the Wisconsin Law Foundation began working with the Wisconsin Supreme Court to obtain pictures of all the justices who had served on the court.
A portrait of the late Supreme Court Justice William A. Bablitch was presented to the Wisconsin Supreme Court during a brief ceremony Nov. 15. Among those who attended, from left, were Susan Axelrod, Jon P. Axelrod, Kristin Crooks, Ann Milne, Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson, Justice N. Patrick Crooks, and Justice David T. Prosser Jr.