Volume 1 | Issue 6 | September 2022

Milwaukee’s Judge Murray honored by the American Judges Association

The American Judges Association presented Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Marshall B. Murray with the Judge Libby Hines Domestic Violence Award during a ceremony at the group’s annual conference in Philadelphia on Aug. 30. Murray was honored for his decades-long commitment to educating judges, nationally and internationally, on issues of family violence, including teen dating violence, intimate partner violence and child abuse.

2022 Judicial College sessions address judicial independence, other topics

More than 50 judges attended the 55th class of the Wisconsin Judicial College at the Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay Aug. 22-26. Judges spent the week focusing on the fundamentals of judicial work. Professor Penny White of the University of Tennessee Law School joined the deans and faculty to provide a keynote on the challenges of maintaining judicial independence, the theme of this year’s College.


Judge Patrick F. O’Melia retired from the Oneida County Circuit Court on Aug. 1. O’Melia has spent 35 years serving Oneida County. He was first appointed to the bench in 2007 by then-Gov. Jim Doyle. He had previously served as district attorney, assistant district attorney and assistant corporation counsel for Oneida County.


Milwaukee County Adult Drug Treatment Court team honored

The Milwaukee County Adult Drug Treatment Court program has been selected as the 2022 recipient of the Agency Research Collaboration Award from the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare (HBSSW) at UW-Milwaukee. The award, to be presented in October, recognizes the treatment court program for its “outstanding contribution to the research endeavors of the HBSSW.”

Writing seminar attracts appellate judges, staff

About 50 people, including justices, judges, law clerks and staff attorneys gathered for the 2022 Appellate Writing Seminar at the Madison Marriott West Sept. 8-9. Sessions addressed the process of writing and structuring judicial opinions. UW Law School faculty taught at the two-day event, which was put on by the Office of Judicial Education with support of the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership.

Emory University School of Law Professor Timothy Terrell presents a session on Judicial Opinion Writing and Editing at the 2022 Appellate Writing Seminar held at the Madison Marriott West Sept. 8-9.

Desmund Wu of the Legal Research & Writing Faculty at UW Law School hosts a breakout session at the 2022 Appellate Writing Seminar in Madison. Wu was one of seven law school faculty members who taught at the Judicial Education program.

Article highlights work of Judicial Council’s Appellate Procedure Committee

An article by Court of Appeals Judge Thomas Hruz and Chief Staff Attorney Christina Plum, who serve respectively as chair and secretary of the Wisconsin Judicial Council’s Appellate Procedure Committee, was published in the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Inside Track newsletter on Aug. 17.

The article highlights the work of the committee recently, and over the years, in promoting effective appellate rules and procedures. In addition to seeking input and ideas from appellate practitioners, the article reminds lawyers of mandatory eFiling requirements in the Court of Appeals. The full article can be found here.

Judge Thomas Hruz

Chief Staff Attorney Christina Plum

Waupaca marks 32nd stop for Supreme Court’s Justice on Wheels program

The Wisconsin Supreme Court will hear oral argument in two cases at the Waupaca County Courthouse on Monday, Oct. 10, as part of the Court’s Justice on Wheels outreach and education program. Waupaca will be the 32nd county where Justice on Wheels has been held since the program began in 1993.

“This is a great opportunity for people to learn more about the state’s legal system and the deliberative process used by the justices to form a legal opinion in a case before the Supreme Court,” said Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler.