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photo of retired Judge Patience Drake RoggensackPatience Drake Roggensack

District IV (1996-2003)

Patience D. Roggensack was elected to District IV in 1996. She was elected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2003 after serving on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals for seven years. Born in Joliet, Illinois, Judge Roggensack earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Drake University. As an undergraduate, she received the Mortar Board and Tri-Beta scholastic awards. She is a 1980 honors graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School and was a principal in the Madison law firm of DeWitt Ross & Stevens prior to her election to the Court of Appeals.

She has served as the Legislative Liaison for the Judicial Conference, on the Committee for Public Trust and Confidence in the Courts, as the court's delegate to the Personnel Review Board, and as a co-chair person for the State Court/Tribal Court Planning Committee. 

She is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the American Judges Association, National Association of Women Judges, American Bar Association, Judicature, State Bar of Wisconsin, Dane County Bar Association, Legal Association of Women and the Bar Association for the Western District of Wisconsin, of which she is a past president. She is a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison Area Technical College and many civic organizations throughout the state.

She is also active in many philanthropic organizations in the Madison area, such as serving on the boards of the YWCA, YMCA, Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth, A Fund for Women, Olbrich Botanical Society, International Women's Forum and as a mentor in the Young Women of Promise program that assists minority girls in setting positive life goals.

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