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Judge Ralph Adam Fine

Judge Ralph Adam Fine

Court of Appeals–District I: 1988–2014

Ralph Adam Fine's legal career spanned five decades. His writings are said to have served as a guide for the practice of trial law.

Fine was a graduate of Tufts University (1962) and Columbia Law School, LL.B. (1965). He was a reporter for WITI-TV in Milwaukee in the 1970s hosting "A Fine Point."

Judge Fine served as a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge from 1979 to 1988. Ralph Adam Fine taught at continuing legal education programs around the country. He was a lecturer at the George Washington University National Law Center in Washington, D.C. as well as an author of several books: Fine's Wisconsin Evidence, Escape of the Guilty, The Great Drug Deception and Mary Jane versus Pennsylvania. He was an Elected Member of the American Law Institute and a recipient of the William J. Brennan, Jr. Award.

Judge Fine served on the Court of Appeals since first being elected in 1988 until his death on December 4, 2014 at the age of 73. He was survived by his wife of 43 years, Kay, and son, Matthew.

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