Justice Patience Drake Roggensack was elected to the Supreme Court in 2003. She was the first Wisconsin Court of Appeals judge ever elected to the Supreme Court, and continues to be the only Supreme Court justice to have served on the intermediate appellate court.
Born in Joliet, Ill., Justice Roggensack received a bachelor's degree in zoology in 1962 from Drake University. She worked as a research associate at several universities prior to entering the UW Law School, where she earned a law degree in 1977.
Before joining the Supreme Court, Justice Roggensack was elected to the Court of Appeals in 1996 and re-elected in 2002. Prior to becoming a judge, Justice Roggensack practiced law for 16 years in Madison.
During her career, Justice Roggensack has been a member of a variety of law-related organizations including the American Judicature Society and the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. She is past president of the Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association and a past member of the State Bar of Wisconsin Bench-Bar Committee. She also has served frequently as a guest lecturer at the UW Law School and MATC.
Justice Roggensack also has served on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations, including the YMCA, YWCA, Olbrich Botanical Society, Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth, Friends of the Arboretum, A Fund for Women, and the International Women's Forum, of which she is a past president.