Volume 3 | Issue 1 | February 2024

Legacy of leadership: Celebrating the retirement of Court Administrator Patrick Brummond

After more than thirty years of devoted service in court administration, Patrick G. Brummond, the respected District Court Administrator for the Seventh Judicial District in Wisconsin, is retiring on March 8, 2024. His extensive resume includes roles such as Deputy Director of State Courts for Court Operations and District Court Administrator for the Third and Seventh Judicial Districts. Those who work with him said Brummond's legacy is one of a trusted leader who could rally people around a shared vision.

Patrick G. Brummond

Final gavel: Judges retire from the bench

Several judges in Wisconsin have retired recently, including Hon. Timothy G. Dugan, Hon. Lindsey C. Grady, Hon. Maureen M. Martinez, Hon. Bruce E. Schroeder, and Hon. J. M. Bitney. These judges significantly impacted the courts during their tenure, and their absence will be felt across the state's judicial system.

Courtroom gavel

OLR’s Ethics School receives high praise from legal practitioners

The Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR) organized a series of in-person Ethics School seminars for legal practitioners seeking continuing legal education. These seminars were held in late 2023 at Madison College, Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, and Northcentral Technical College in Wausau. The seminars were well-received by attendees, with 97% of them rating it positively.

Tim Samuelson

Kelley appointed as new Public Information Officer

Stephen Kelley was appointed as the new Public Information Officer for the Wisconsin Court System in late January. With almost four years of experience as a public information officer and communications manager at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and almost 14 years in the news industry, serving as an executive producer and anchor at WQOW-TV in Eau Claire.

His primary goal in his new position is to effectively bridge the gap between the court system and the media, ensuring that the public stays well-informed about the important work being carried out by the Wisconsin Court System. Kelley is dedicated to collaborating with all stakeholders involved and is ready to address any inquiries or concerns.

Kelley lives in Platteville with his wife and two children. In his free time, he coaches multiple youth sports, is a member of the PTO, and enjoys spending time outdoors.

Stephen Kelley


Former Rock County Circuit Court Judge Michael J. Byron passed away on October 29 at the age of 81.

Byron was first appointed to the Branch 3 bench in 1991 by former Governor Tommy Thompson, and won elections in 1992 and 1998.

Funeral flowers