Presiding Judge JoAnne F. Kloppenburg

Presiding Judge JoAnne F. KloppenburgCourt of Appeals–District IV
2921 Landmark Place, Suite 415
Madison, WI 53713

Current term expires July 31, 2024.

Career history

Appellate Judge, District IV Court of Appeals (2012-present); Assistant Attorney General, Wisconsin Department of Justice (1989-2012); Director, Environmental Protection Unit (1993-2003); Adjunct Faculty, University of Wisconsin Law School, Civil Procedure (1990, 1992); Law Clerk, Chief Judge Barbara Crabb, Western District of Wisconsin (1988-1989); Legal Writing Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin Law School (1986-1988); Associate Dean, Wells College (1983-1984); Registrar, Cornell Business School (1981-1983); Director, Tompkins-Schuyler Counties WIC Program (1980-1981); Peace Corps Volunteer, Botswana (1976-1979)

Law-related activities

Speaker to bench and bar groups around the state and at conferences around the country (1993-present); Volunteer Faculty, University of Wisconsin Law School Intensive Skills Course (1992-present); Coordinator and Adjunct Instructor, University of Wisconsin Law School Department of Justice Extern Program (1995-2012); Volunteer Judge (quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals) for University of Wisconsin Law School and Marquette University Law School Moot Courts, and for Wisconsin High Mock Trial Tournament (2011-present); Mentor, Dane County Bar Association and University of Wisconsin Law School (2011-present); Volunteer Mediator, Dane County Bar Association (2010-2012); Volunteer Attorney, Dane County Foreclosure Clinic (2010-2012); Member, Wisconsin Court System Planning and Policy Advisory Committee (2014-present); Board Member, Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation (2014-2018, 2020-2024); Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation Chair (2022-2024); Board Member, Wisconsin Legal Action (1991-1993); Marygold Melli Award Winner (2020-2021)


Yale, B.A. (1974, honors, cum laude); Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton, M.P.A. (1976); University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D. (1988, Order of the Coif, University League Award, cum laude)


Married; three children


Cooking, canoeing, biking, hiking, volunteering (including ESL tutor)

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