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 24, 2010
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
In office
2001–2010
Preceded by John C. Shabaz
Succeeded by William M. Conley
In office
1980–1996
Preceded by James Edward Doyle
Succeeded by John C. Shabaz
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
In office
November 2, 1979 – March 24, 2010
Appointed by Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Seat established by 92 Stat. 1629
Succeeded by William M. Conley
Personal details
Born 1939 (age 78–79)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Education University of Wisconsin–Madison (B.A.)
University of Wisconsin Law School (LL.B.)

Barbara Brandriff Crabb (born 1939) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Crabb received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1960 and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1962. She was in private practice in Madison, Wisconsin from 1962 to 1968. She 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 United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin from 1971 to 1979.[1]

Federal judicial service[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 to 1996 and again from 2001 to 2010. On March 24, 2010, Crabb took senior status when her successor, Judge William M. Conley, was confirmed as federal judge.[1]

Notable rulings[edit]

On April 15, 2010, Crabb ruled in a suit that the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed in 2008 against the Obama administration that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional.[2][3][4] This ruling was unanimously dismissed by a federal appellate court in April 2011 due to lack of standing.[5][6]

On November 22, 2013 Crabb ruled in another suit the exemption of a housing allowance from the income of clergy was unconstitutional.[7]

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.[8][9]

On November 21, 2016, Judge Crabb joined Circuit Judge Kenneth Francis Ripple in finding that the high number of wasted votes created by the 2011 Wisconsin State Assembly redistricting was unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering, over dissent by District Judge William C. Griesbach.[10]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 92 Stat. 1629
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
1979–2010
Succeeded by
William M. Conley
Preceded by
James Edward Doyle
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
1980–1996
Succeeded by
John C. Shabaz
Preceded by
John C. Shabaz
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
2001–2010
Succeeded by
William M. Conley