Headlines

Headlines from the current year are available below. For headlines released prior to 2015 check the archives (2007- 2014).

For more information contact Tom Sheehan, Court Information Officer, Director of State Courts' Office.

08/26/15 All women judges at the helm of District I Court of Appeals
The women judges of the District I Court of Appeals are featured in the Aug. 26 edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, both online and in the print edition. The appointment of Judge Rebecca G. Bradley to the bench marks the first time a Wisconsin Court of Appeals district bench consists only of women judges, the newspaper reported. The District I judges discuss the occasion with reporter Bruce Vielmetti. The article is available here. Read more.
08/12/15 Brown County Circuit Court judge selected to head Committee of Chief Judges
Chief Judge Donald R. Zuidmulder, Brown County Circuit Court, has been selected by fellow chief judges from across the state to chair the Committee of Chief Judges. Zuidmulder replaces outgoing chair Judge Jeffrey A. Kremers, Milwaukee County Circuit Court, who served the maximum three two-year terms as a chief judge. Read more.
07/08/15 Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts five new cases
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept five new cases and has acted to deny review in a number of other cases. Read more.
06/29/15 Atty. Karla Baumgartner named director of Office of Judicial Education
Atty. Karla Baumgartner, who has been acting as interim director of Judicial Education since February 2014, has been named the director of the Office of Judicial Education. In that role, she will continue to develop judicial curriculum and training programs, plan the department budget, ensure judicial credits are accurately recorded, and supervise department staff. Read more.
06/15/15 100 years later, Wisconsin Supreme Court murals still tell stories
One hundred years ago this week, prominent American artist Albert Herter (1871-1950) slipped out of Madison without saying goodbye to the people who had hired him to paint murals for the Wisconsin Supreme Court Hearing Room in the new state Capitol. Read more.
06/15/15 800 years old: Magna Carta, Symbol of Freedom Under Law, still influential
Shaky cell phone video of King John of England (1166-1216) affixing his seal to Magna Carta has not yet surfaced on YouTube. So, you’ll have to rely on a visit to the Wisconsin Supreme Court Hearing Room to get a feel for what the scene may have been like 800 years ago in a meadow along the banks of the Thames River outside London. Read more.
05/29/15 Judge's courtroom kindness inspires legal career
Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Christopher R. Foley is featured in a front-page column and photo in the May 29 print edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Foley’s simple gesture of letting a 13-year-old girl take the bench for a few minutes during an adoption proceeding in 2003 had profound influence. Christie Jones, now 25, graduated from Marquette Univesity Law School and was admitted to the bar by the Wisconsin Supreme Court on May 18. The Jim Stingl column is posted here. (external link) Read more.
05/28/15 J. Denis Moran appointed interim director of state courts
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has appointed former Director of State Courts J. Denis Moran to serve as interim Director of State Courts, effective June 4, through Dec. 4, 2015, Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack announced today. Read more.
05/27/15 Court interpreter training planned for Wisconsin Rapids
The Director of State Courts Office is accepting applications for interpreter training to be held in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21 at the Hotel Mead Conference Center. Read more.
05/22/15 Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts seven new cases
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept seven new cases and has acted to deny review in a number of other cases. The case numbers, issues, and counties of origin of granted cases are listed below, as are hyperlinks to Court of Appeals’ decisions where available. The synopses provided are not complete analyses of the issues presented. More information about any particular case can be found on the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Access website. Read more.
05/07/15 Supreme Court re-appoints chief judges of four judicial districts
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has re-appointed circuit court judges from Fond du Lac, Rock, Buffalo and Pepin, and St. Croix counties to new two-year terms as chief judges of their respective judicial administrative districts, effective Aug. 1. Read more.
05/07/15 Judge Lisa S. Neubauer appointed chief judge of the Court of Appeals
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has appointed District II Court of Appeals Judge Lisa S. Neubauer, Racine, as chief judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals for a three-year term, effective Aug. 2. Read more.
04/29/15 An Open Letter to the 2014 Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society members
All the justices of the Wisconsin Supreme Court join me in thanking and congratulating the 398 attorneys who qualified for the Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society based on their pro bono contributions in 2014. These attorneys provided at least 50 hours of qualifying pro bono legal services to benefit people of limited means in 2014. Read more.
04/24/15 Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Maxine A. White appointed chief judge
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has appointed Deputy Chief Judge Maxine A. White, Milwaukee County Circuit Court, to serve as chief judge of the state’s First Judicial District for a two-year term effective Aug. 1. Read more.
04/17/15 Names change for State Law Library branches
The Wisconsin State Law Library is changing the names of its branch locations at courthouses in Milwaukee and Madison to better reflect the nature of services provided to library users at those locations, said State Law Librarian Julie Tessmer. Read more.
04/15/15 Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts five new cases
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept five new cases and acted to deny review in a number of other cases. Read more.
03/13/15 NCSC honors Wisconsin court interpreter manager
The National Center for State Courts has awarded a Distinguished Service Award to Atty. Carmel Capati, manager of the Wisconsin court interpreter program. Read more.
03/04/15 Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts two new cases
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept two new cases and has acted to deny review in a number of other cases. Read more.
03/02/15 Chief Justice addresses Joint Committee on Finance
Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson today addressed the Legislature's Joint Committee on Finance. The text of the Chief Justice's remarks is available here. Read more.
03/02/15 Wisconsin selected for statewide initiative to expand evidence-based practices in criminal justice system
The National Institute of Corrections today announced that Wisconsin is one of three states to advance with a technical assistance grant program designed to improve public safety through the application of proven research in the criminal justice decision-making process. Read more.
02/25/15 Court interpreter training planned for Milwaukee
The Director of State Courts Office is accepting applications for interpreter training to be held in Milwaukee on Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22 at the Student Union at UW-Milwaukee. Read more.
02/03/15 February case of the month
The case of the month project provides high school teachers with some of the necessary tools to educate their students about the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Each month, during the Supreme Court's session, a "teachable" case will be highlighted. It will be chosen from the cases the Court will hear that month. February case of the month available here. Read more.
01/30/15 Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts two new cases
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept two new cases and has acted to deny review in a number of other cases. The case numbers, issues, and counties of origin of granted cases are listed. Read more.
01/12/15 Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts three new cases
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept three new cases and has acted to deny review in a number of other cases. The case numbers, issues, and counties of origin of granted cases are listed. Read more.