Janine P. Geske

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Janine P. Geske
Associate Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court
In office
Nominated by Tommy Thompson
Preceded by Louis J. Ceci
Succeeded by David T. Prosser, Jr.
Milwaukee County Executive
In office
February 2002 – May 14, 2002
Preceded by F. Thomas Ament
Succeeded by Scott Walker
Personal details
Born (1949-05-12) May 12, 1949 (age 67)
Port Washington, Wisconsin, U.S.
Alma mater Beloit College
Marquette University Law School

Janine P. Geske (born May 12, 1949) is an American jurist and law professor who served as a justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court from 1993 to 1998 and as interim Milwaukee County Executive in 2002.[1]

Life and career[edit]

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

Geske worked as chief staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee until 1979. She was an assistant professor at Marquette University Law School from 1978–81 and was founding director of the Marquette University Law School's Clinic for the Elderly. From 1981 to 1993, Geske served as a Milwaukee County circuit court judge. In 1993, she was appointed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court by Governor Tommy Thompson, a Republican. Geske was elected to a full term on the court in 1994 but resigned from the bench in 1998. Following her departure from the court, Geske worked as a professor at Marquette University, holding the Association of Marquette University Women's CHair in Humanistic Studies in 2000 and 2001. From February to May 2002, she served as the interim Milwaukee County Executive, following the resignation of F. Thomas Ament amid a massive pension scandal. Later in 2002, Geske was appointed interim dean of the Marquette University Law School, serving until 2003.[2] Geske has remained on the law school faculty and is on the faculty of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. In both 1994 and 2002, the Milwaukee Bar honored her with its Lawyer of the Year award.[1]

In 2017, Geske was one of 54 former Wisconsin judges who signed a letter advocating for rules requiring judges to recuse themselves in cases involving campaign donors.[3]


  1. ^ a b Wisconsin Historical Society profile of Janine P. Geske, wisconsinhistory.org; accessed December 13, 2014.
  2. ^ Marquette University Law School Faculty and Staff-Janine Geske, marquette.edu; accessed December 13, 2014.
  3. ^ Wisconsin judges letter
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