Volume 3 | Issue 2 | March 2024

Several judicial races on the April ballot

On April 2, voters across Wisconsin will decide on several judicial candidates, including competitive races in ten circuit court branches. New judges will also be elected uncontested in three counties where the incumbent chose not to run for office. Winners of the Spring Election start their new six-year terms on the first of August.

Voter placing a ballot in a ballot box

Judges appointed in Green, Marinette counties

The Wisconsin judicial system grew this month as Governor Tony Evers announced two appointments to the bench. With diverse backgrounds and extensive experience, Jane Bucher and Peggy Miller are poised to make valuable contributions to the administration of justice.

Jane Bucher & Peggy Miller

Shirley Abrahamson exhibits on display at Capitol to celebrate Women's History Month

In honor of Women's History Month, exhibits honoring the legacy of former Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson are on display in the Capitol building rotunda and Supreme Court vestibule. The Justice for All: The Legacy of Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson exhibit aims to encourage public service and educate the public about the first woman justice in Wisconsin.

Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson

Improving CHIPS and Youth Justice Conditions through the Tailored Dispositional Orders Project

The Tailored Dispositional Orders Project, a joint initiative led by the Children’s Court Improvement Program (CCIP) and the Department of Children and Families (DCF), is expanding after a successful pilot run in three counties during 2021-2022. The project is now being implemented in counties statewide looking to improve their CHIPS and/or Youth Justice conditions.

TDO maps

Annual Report: 2023 a year of growth for State Law Library

The Wisconsin State Law Library has recently released its 2023 Annual Report. The report highlights the library's outreach efforts to connect with people from different parts of the state and beyond. The Wisconsin State Law Library is one of the oldest in the country, having originated in 1836, just a few years after the Library of Congress.

Wisconsin State Law Library

State Bar Annual Meeting and Conference in Green Bay June 19-21

A number of justices, judges and state court staff are among panelists and presenters at the State Bar of Wisconsin’s 2023 Annual Meeting and Conference (AMC) from June 19-21 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and KI Center in Green Bay.

Wisconsin State Bar building


After almost eight years on the Racine County Branch 4 bench, Judge Mark Nielsen retired on January 1. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Nielsen returned to his native Racine after receiving his law degree from Harvard Law School.

Judge Mark Nielsen


Sadly, we've lost several members of our judicial community in recent weeks. Dearly departed include former Milwaukee County Chief Judge Michael Skwierawski and Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Jess Martinez. Take a look at the obituaries to learn more about their legacies.

Funeral flowers