Janine P. Geske

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Janine Geske
Associate Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court
In office
Nominated by Tommy Thompson
Milwaukee County Executive
In office
February 2002 – May 14, 2002
Preceded by Tom Ament
Succeeded by Scott Walker
Personal details
Born (1949-05-12) May 12, 1949 (age 65)
Port Washington, Wisconsin, U.S.
Alma mater Beloit College, Marquette University Law School

Janine P. Geske (born May 12, 1949) was a justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court from 1993-98.[1] She is a distinguished professor of law at Marquette University Law School and director of the school's Restorative Justice Initiative.[2]

Geske was born in Port Washington, Wisconsin, and raised in Cedarburg. She graduated from Cedarburg High School in 1967. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Beloit College in 1971 and 1972, respectively. She earned her law degree from Marquette University Law School in 1975.

Geske became the chief staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee, where she worked until 1979. She was an assistant professor at Marquette University Law School from 1978-81 and was the director of the Marquette University Law School's Clinic for the Elderly, which she founded. Beginning in 1981, Geske served in the Milwaukee County circuit court for 12 years, until she was appointed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court by Governor Tommy Thompson in 1993. She won election to the court in 1994, and resigned from the bench in 1998. From February to May 2002, she served as the interim county executive for Milwaukee County. Geske served as interim dean of the law school from 2002-03.[3]

She held the Association of Marquette University Women's Chair in Humanistic Studies in 2000 and 2001, and she is on the faculty of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. Among her numerous awards, in both 1994 and 2002 the Milwaukee Bar honored Geske with its Lawyer of the Year award.[1]


  1. ^ a b Wisconsin Historical Society profile of Janine P. Geske, wisconsinhistory.org; accessed December 13, 2014.
  2. ^ Marquette Law School Restorative Justice Initiative, marquette.edu; accessed December 13, 2014.
  3. ^ Marquette University Law School Faculty and Staff-Janine Geske, marquette.edu; accessed December 13, 2014.
Political offices
Preceded by
Louis Ceci
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice
1993 - 1998
Succeeded by
David Prosser
Preceded by
Tom Ament
Milwaukee County Executive
Succeeded by
Scott Walker