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Judicial Elections

About the Issue

To enhance the confidence of the people in the independence and integrity of Wisconsin’s highest court, the State Bar of Wisconsin recommends the adoption of a constitutional amendment that would change the term of office for supreme court justices to a single elected 16-year term.

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Q & A

Judicial Election Steering Committee members weigh in on the 16-year term proposal in the March 2014 edition of Wisconsin Lawyer.

News & Events

    • Nov
      04
      2013
      • State Bar of Wisconsin President Patrick J. Fiedler has appointed a new committee to promote and forward the recent policy position of the State Bar's Board of Governors that would limit the term of office for a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice to one, 16-year term. The 16-year proposal was passed by the Board of Governors in a 37-4 vote and was recommended by the Judicial Task Force, a group created by Past President James Brennan to study the public’s confidence in the court.
    • Jul
      29
      2013
      • Earlier this month the State Bar of Wisconsin proposed a constitutional amendment that would limit state Supreme Court justices to one 16-year term to replace the current 10-year term with the chance for reelection. This, they said, would help cut down on the bitter partisanship that has defined the court in the public eye and stem the rivers of cash flowing into high-court elections.

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Videos

    • June
      11
      2015

      MU Law School Dean Kearney Backs 16-year Term for Supreme Court Justices

      ​In this WisconsinEye video, Marquette University Law School Dean Joseph Kearney expresses his support of the State Bar's 16-year term proposal in his speech entitled "The Wisconsin Supreme Court: Can We Help?​" at the Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association’s annual luncheon and CLE program. 

    • September
      26
      2013

      Q&A: Troy advocates for single 16-year Supreme Court term

      ​Looking at the events of the bitter 2012 state Supreme Court election between incumbent David Prosser and challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg, the State Bar of Wisconsin wanted to do something about them.

      So did Joseph Troy, a former Outagamie County judge who's now a private-practice attorney with Habush Habush & Rottier in Appleton. When the State Bar president approached Troy about setting up a task force to explore the issues, Troy jumped at the chance.

Judicial Election Steering Committee