Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack
Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack was elected to the Supreme Court in 2003 and elected Chief Justice on May 1, 2015. She was the first Wisconsin Court of Appeals judge elected to the Supreme Court, and continues to be the only Supreme Court justice to have served on Wisconsin's intermediate appellate court.
Born in Joliet, Ill., Chief Justice Roggensack received a bachelor's degree in biology from Drake University. She worked as a research associate at several universities prior to entering the UW Law School, where she graduated with honors in 1980.
Before joining the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Roggensack was elected to the Court of Appeals in 1996 and re-elected in 2002. Prior to becoming a judge, Chief Justice Roggensack practiced law for 16 years in Madison.
Chief Justice Roggensack is a commissioner on the Uniform Laws Commission, Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the Wisconsin Judicial Council, a member of the Supreme Court Rules Procedure Committee, a member of the Supreme Court Finance Committee and the Committee for Public Trust and Confidence in the Courts. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association, of which she is a past president, and numerous other local bar associations.
Chief Justice Roggensack is a member of the International Women's Forum, and a past president of the Wisconsin chapter. She is a frequent guest lecturer at the UW Law School, Marquette University Law School and many state and national organizations.
She has also served on the board of directors and was a past member of the YWCA of Madison, the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth, and the Olbrich Botanical Gardens.
Chief Justice Roggensack is married and has three children. Her current term expires July 31, 2023.