From the 2010 News Archive
Chief Justice of Wisc. Supreme Court to Lecture Feb. 18
The Honorable Shirley Abrahamson
of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin will visit the School of Law on February 17 and 18 as part of the Schoolís Distinguished Visitorís Program. Chief Justice Abrahamson will present this year's Pearl, Lawrence I. & Lloyd M. Gerber Memorial Lecture "Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson: View from the Middle Seat" at 5 p.m. in the Ceremonial Courtroom on February 18. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Judge Abrahamson was the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court of Wisconsin at the time of her appointment in 1976 by Wisconsinís 38th Governor Patrick Lucey. In 1996, Abrahamson became chief justice, and has since served as the administrative leader of the Wisconsin court system.
Chief Justice Abrahamson is a member of the Council of the American Law Institute and a board member of the Dwight D. Opperman Institute of Judicial Administration at the New York University School of Law. She is a fellow of the Wisconsin Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an elected member of the American Philosophical Society. She also holds many honors, including the 2009 Harry L. Carrico Award for Judicial Innovation presented by the National Center for State Courts for her service as a national leader in safeguarding judicial independence, improving inter-branch relations, and expanding outreach to the public.
Judge Abrahamson was in private practice for 14 years and was a professor at the University of Wisconsin (UW) Law School before joining the Supreme Court of Wisconsin. Previously, she served as president of the National Conference of Chief Justices and chair of the board of directors of the National Institute of Justiceís National Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence. She has also served on the State Bar of Wisconsinís Commission on the Delivery of Legal Services, the American Bar Associationís Coalition for Justice, and the National Academiesí Science, Technology, and Law panel.
The Distinguished Visitors Program brings scholars and professionals in law and allied fields to the School of Law for short or longer-term academic visits. Visiting professors present a public lecture and work with students and other faculty members in a variety of formal and informal settings. Recent Distinguished Visiting Professors include the Honorable Johann Vincent van der Westhuizen
of the Constitutional Court of South Africa in October 2009 as well as Arthur Chaskalson, former President of the Constitutional Court & former Chief Justice of South Africa, Justice Bess Nkabinde of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, Kendall Thomas, Nash Professor of Law and Founding Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Culture at Columbia University in the City of New York, among others.
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