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    March 06, 2019

    State Bar to Co-host Supreme Court Debate

    The State Bar of Wisconsin will host a debate between the candidates for Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday, March 15 at the State Bar Center in Madison.
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    March 7, 2019 – The State Bar of Wisconsin, along with its partners, and WISC-TV, will host a debate between the candidates for Wisconsin Supreme Court, Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge Brian Hagedorn and Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge Lisa Neubauer.

    When: Friday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. (A pre-debate reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the State Bar Center Rotunda.)

    Where: State Bar Center, 5203 Eastpark Blvd, Madison, WI 53707

    How to Attend

    Seating for the debate is limited, so interested individuals are encouraged to RSVP today! The first 150 registrants will be guaranteed seats, and any additional registrants will be placed on a waiting list.

    Register by calling (800) 728-7788 or sending an email to with the below information and the subject line “Supreme Court Debate 2019.”

    1. Name and guest name(s)
    2. State Bar ID number (if applicable) for you and your guest(s)
    3. Phone Number
    4. Email Address

    RSVP by Thursday, March 14th.

    Candidate Bios

    Judge Brian Hagedorn currently serves on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. He was appointed to the bench in 2015 by Governor Scott Walker and won election to a new six-year term in April 2017. Hagedorn was appointed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to serve on the Wisconsin Judicial Commission, and is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin Bench-Bar Committee. He served as an Assistant Attorney General at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, a law clerk for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, and as an attorney in private practice at a Milwaukee law firm. He is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, where he was the President of the Federalist Society. Prior to his judicial service, Judge Hagedorn served as Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Walker for almost five years.

    Judge Lisa Neubauer serves on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, having first been appointed by Governor Jim Doyle in 2007, then winning election to the position in 2008 and again in 2014. The Wisconsin Supreme Court appointed her to serve as the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals in 2015, and reappointed her in May 2018. She also serves on the Supreme Court Finance Committee, is co-chair of the State Bar of Wisconsin Bench-Bar Committee, and Chair of the Bench-Bar Court Funding Subcommittee. Before becoming a judge, Neubauer served as a Wisconsin litigation attorney partner at Foley and Lardner LLP. She also served as a law clerk for Barbara Crabb, then-Chief Judge of the United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin.

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