Swearing-in ceremony held for Supreme Court Justice Janet C. Protasiewicz

Madison, Wisconsin - August 1, 2023

Justice Janet C. Protasiewicz formally joined the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023, when she was sworn into office during a ceremony in the state Capitol Rotunda.

Protasiewicz was elected April 4 to a 10-year term on Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created by the July 31 retirement of Justice Patience Drake Roggensack.

Protasiewicz previously served as a circuit court Judge in Milwaukee County, where she was first elected to the bench in 2014. She was re-elected in 2020 and remained on the circuit court until her transition to Supreme Court justice.

While serving as a circuit court judge, Protasiewicz handled a wide variety of cases, including homicides, sexual assaults, drug-related offenses and domestic violence cases.

Most recently, she had served in the Family Division where she handled divorce matters and issues related to child custody and placement disputes.

Before becoming a judge, Protasiewicz worked in the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office for 25 years, prosecuting cases involving violent crimes, termination of parental rights and children in need of protection and services.

Justice Protasiewicz has taught trial advocacy at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina and trial advocacy at Marquette University Law School. She is a magna cum laude graduate of UW-Milwaukee and a graduate of Marquette University Law School.

Read more about Justice Protasiewicz here.

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