Barbara Brandriff Crabb

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Barbara Brandriff Crabb
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
Assumed office
March 4, 2010
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
In office
November 2, 1979 – March 4, 2010
Appointed by Jimmy Carter
Preceded by new seat
Succeeded by William M. Conley
Personal details
Born 1939 (age 74–75)
Green Bay, Wisconsin

Barbara Brandriff Crabb (born 1939) is a Senior United States District Judge appointed by President Jimmy Carter.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Crabb received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1960 and an LL.B. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1962. She was in private practice in Madison, Wisconsin from 1962 to 1968.


After law school graduation, Crabb was a research assistant to George Bunn of the University of Wisconsin Law School from 1968 to 1969, and for the American Bar Association Project on Minimum Standards of Criminal Justice from 1970 to 1971. She served as a U.S. magistrate judge in the Western District of Wisconsin from 1971 to 1979.

Federal judiciary[edit]

On July 21, 1979, Crabb was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to a new seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin created by 92 Stat. 1629. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 31, 1979, and received her commission on November 2, 1979. She served as chief judge from 1980-1996.

On March 4, 2010, Crabb took senior status when her successor, William M. Conley, was confirmed as federal judge.

Notable rulings[edit]

On April 15, 2010, Crabb ruled in a suit that the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed in 2008 against the Bush administration that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional.[1][2][3] This ruling was unanimously dismissed by a federal appellate court in April 2011 due to lack of standing.[4][5]

On November 22, 2013 Crabb ruled in another suit the exemption of a housing allowance from the income of clergy was unconstitutional.[6]

On June 6, 2014 Crabb ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, overturning Wisconsin's state passage of a Defense of Marriage Amendment on constitutional grounds including its violation of due process and equal protection.[7][8]


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