Chief Judge Maxine Aldridge White

Chief Judge Maxine Aldridge WhiteCourt of Appeals–District I
330 East Kilbourn Avenue, Suite 1020
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3161

Current term expires July 31, 2027.

Career history

Appellate Court Judge (Appointed January 16, 2020); Chief Judge, First Judicial District, Milwaukee (Appointed March 2015-February 8, 2020); Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge, (Appointed August 1992, elected 1993, 1999, 2005, 2011, 2017); Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of Wisconsin (April 1985-1992); Legal Advisor and Instructor, Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy, Brunswick, GA (1991-1992); Administrator, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Social Security Administration (1973-1982 (Milwaukee, Chicago and D.C. offices).

Law-related activities

Former Chief Judge, First Judicial District, Milwaukee (2015-2020); former Deputy Chief Judge (2008-2015); chair of Chief Judges Committee (2018-2019); Board of Directors, National Association for Presiding Judges and Chief Executive Officers; member, Wisconsin Supreme Court Judicial Advisory Committee; former member, Wisconsin Judicial Conference Legislative Committee; former Chair, Milwaukee Community Justice Council (2015-2020); former Presiding Judge: Family Division; former member, Wisconsin Judicial Council; member, American Bar Association; member, Seventh Circuit Bar Association; member, Wisconsin Bar Association; member and former president, Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers; member Association for Women Lawyers: Awards include: State Bar Judge of the Year, Justinian Society Jurist of the Year, Marquette Alumna of the Year Award, Cook County IL Bar Ida B. Platt Award, Safe & Sound Law Enforcement Leader Award, Milwaukee County Sheriff Commendation for Leadership Award and WI Law Journal Leader in the Law Award.


Alcorn State University, B.A. (1973); University of Southern California, Masters in Public Administration (1981); Marquette Law School, J.D. (1985)


Family, travel, music, reading; board member, Heritage Chorale of Milwaukee; member/former president and vice-president, Milwaukee Chapter of Links Inc.; former president, Advisory Board, House of Peace, Inc.

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