Justice N. Patrick CrooksWisconsin Supreme Court Justice: 1996–2015
N. Patrick Crooks was born May 16, 1938 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He graduated from St. Norbert College in 1960 and received a law degree from University of Notre Dame Law School in 1963.
Before joining the Supreme Court in 1996, Crooks served 19 years on the bench in Brown County. From 1964 to 1966, he served as a U.S. Army officer at the Pentagon, in the Office of the Judge Advocate General. He also worked in private practice in 1963, and again from 1966 to 1977. While in private practice, he taught business law at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Crooks was named Trial Judge of the Year in 1994 by the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He was a member of the American Bar Association and served as a law school evaluator for the American Bar Association's Legal Education and Admissions Section. He is also was a member of the Wisconsin Law Foundation Board, the State Bar of Wisconsin's Media-Law Relations Committee and a past member of the Wisconsin Judicial Council. He was a director of the Notre Dame Law Association and a member of the James E. Doyle Chapter of the American Inns of Court.
Justice Crooks and his wife Kristin had six children: Michael, Molly, Kevin, Kathleen, Peggy, and Eileen.
Crooks died September 21, 2015.