Madison, WI – State Bar of Wisconsin President Ralph Cagle has issued the following statement regarding the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s announcement that Justice David T. Prosser, Jr. is retiring from his position on the state’s highest court.
“On behalf of the State Bar, I want to express my appreciation for all the important work Justice Prosser has done to advance and enhance the legal profession during his 18 years on the bench.
“Justice Prosser is a man of great wit and character. He brought to the court a high level of civic-minded expertise that was best exemplified in his thoughtful approach to drafting opinions and engaging his colleagues around the table in challenging discussion, never overlooking the plight of the public and all citizens’ ability to access the legal system.
“Throughout his career Justice Prosser gave back to the profession by devoting his time to building up new generations of lawyers; encouraging the next generation of leaders to ‘set high standards and lofty goals for all that you serve and for our profession.’ Justice Prosser took his own advice to heart, setting high standards for the court and fellow members of the legal community.
“As his colleagues and friends, we wish Justice Prosser much success and happiness in his retirement.”
Justice Prosser’s retirement is effective July 31, 2016.
According to a press release issued by the supreme court, Justice Prosser served as a commissioner on the Wisconsin Tax Appeals Commission from 1997 to 1998 and as a representative in the State Assembly from 1978 through 1996, including two years as Speaker and five years as Minority Leader. Prior to that, he served as a district attorney in Outagamie County, administrative assistant to then-U.S. Rep. Harold V. Froehlich, and as an attorney-advisor for the U.S. Department of Justice.
Post retirement, Justice Prosser plans to remain active in the law and in the arts. According to a statement issued by the supreme court, he’s working on several books and articles for publication.