Volume 1 | Issue 1 | Mar 2022

Contested races set for Court of Appeals, nine circuit court branches

On April 5, voters will decide competitive races for the District II Court of Appeals and nine circuit court branches, including a newly created branch in Vilas County. New judges will also be elected uncontested to new branches in Adams, Eau Claire and Waushara counties, and in five counties where the incumbent chose not to run for office. Winners of the Spring Election start their new six-year terms on Aug. 1.

Court of Appeals election

Wisconsin Court Interpreter Program holds virtual orientation training

Since the onset of the pandemic, many of us have adapted to new ways of doing business. One positive change for the Wisconsin Court Interpreter Program (CIP) is that during the pandemic, it pivoted to virtual interpreter trainings. Over the weekends of March 5-6 and March 12-13, 2022, almost 30 individuals took the first step toward attaining certification as a court interpreter by attending an online orientation workshop via Zoom.

Court Interpreter virtual training

Municipal judge training focuses on impaired driving

On March 10, 105 of Wisconsin’s 230 municipal judges gathered in Elkhart Lake for the 2022 Municipal Judge Trial Seminar hosted by the Office of Judicial Education. A variety of topics filled the agenda with an emphasis on Operating While Impaired law. The seminar featured a number of presenters and a mock trial, with judges taking on a number of roles.

Judge Derek Mosley speaks during a mock trial exercise at the Municipal Jude Trial Seminar

Judicial Education seminar addresses range of family law issues

Nearly 100 circuit court judges and court commissioners gathered for the return of the Family Law Seminar held March 9-11 in Brookfield. This event, developed by the Office of Judicial Education and faculty, was last held in-person in 2019, and the 2022 participants were ready to make the most of their time together.

Judge Ralph M. Ramirez presents at the Family Law Seminar in Brookfield

Judicial Retirements

Take a moment to bid recent Court System retirees farewell. Those of us entering retirement include Rock County Circuit Court Judge Daniel T. Dillon, Richland County Circuit Court Judge W. Andrew Sharp, and Washington County Circuit Court Judge Todd K. Martens.

Retirement in paradise


Sadly, we've lost several members of our judicial community in recent weeks. Dearly departed include retired Grant County Circuit Court Judge George S. Curry, Kewaunee County Circuit Court Judge Keith A. Mehn, former Lacrosse County Circuit Court Judge Dennis G. Montabon, and former Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Robert W. Wing. Take a look at the obituaries to learn more about their legacies.