The Third Branch
Four new circuit court judges appointed
|Judge Josann M. Reynolds||
Judge Anna L. Becker
|Judge Vincent R. Biskupic||Judge Michael J. Aprahamian|
Gov. Scott Walker named four new judges to fill vacancies in Dane, Jackson, Outagamie and Waukesha counties.
Walker announced Josann M. Reynolds will fill the vacancy on the Dane County Circuit Court Branch 2 bench created by the retirement of Judge Maryann Sumi (see The Third Branch, spring 2014).
Reynolds has a bachelor's degree from UW-Oshkosh and received her law degree from the UW Law School. She previously worked in private practice. Reynolds also owned and operated Port Douglas Dive and Tours in Australia, where she lived for 10 years.
In a press release from the governor's office, former Dane County Circuit Court Judge Daniel R. Moeser described Reynolds as intelligent, compassionate, and dedicated to the law. Reynolds will provide the temperament, perspective, and experience necessary to be an excellent judge, Moeser said.
Anna L. Becker was appointed to the Jackson County Circuit Court bench. Becker previously served as district attorney and as a family court commissioner in Jackson County. She also had worked in private practice and for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
"The selection of Anna Becker would be in the very best interests of the citizens of Jackson County," former Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Robert Radcliffe wrote in a letter recommending Becker's appointment. "She has earned our support in favor of her appointment as circuit judge."
Becker has a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and received her law degree from Hamline University School of Law. She and her husband, Robert, have two sons. Becker fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Thomas E. Lister (see The Third Branch, spring 2014).
Retired Outagamie County Circuit Court Judge Dee R. Dyer's Branch 6 seat (see The Third Branch, summer 2014) will be filled by Vincent R. Biskupic. A graduate of Marquette University and DePaul Law School, Biskupic served as a law clerk for Federal District Judge Robert W. Warren and as a prosecutor in Winnebago and Outagamie counties. He served as Outagamie County district attorney for nine years. He has spent the past 11 years working in private practice.
Outagamie County District Atty. Carrie Schneider said Biskupic "has demonstrated exceptional work ethic, utmost professionalism, and unwavering commitment to his profession and the community he serves," according to a press release from the governor's office.
Biskupic and his wife, Laura, have four children and live in Appleton.
Walker appointed Michael J. Aprahamian to fill the Waukesha County Circuit Court Branch 9 seat vacated by the retirement of Judge Donald J. Hassin Jr. (see Retirements).
"I have the highest degree of confidence in Mr. Aprahamian's character, professional judgment, and legal skills," Marquette University Law Professor Daniel Blinka is quoted as saying in the governor's press release. "[His work] reveal[s] a lawyer who cares deeply about preparation, diligence, and elevated professionalism. His interest will be in getting the decision right, which is the essence of justice."
Aprahamian received his law degree from Yale Law School and his undergraduate degree from UW-Madison. He has spent the past 21 years working in private practice. Aprahamian previously served as a law clerk for U.S. Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit Judge Richard D. Cudahy. Aprahamian and his wife, Michelle, have three children and live in Brookfield.