Louis J. Ceci

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Louis J. Ceci (born September 10, 1927) is an American jurist and legislator who served as a justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court from 1982 to 1993.

Life and career[edit]

The son of Italian immigrants,[1] Ceci was born in New York City and served in World War II; he graduated from Marquette University and received his law degree from the Marquette University Law School in 1954.[2] Ceci worked as a private practice attorney in Milwaukee until 1958, when he was appointed Milwaukee's principal assistant city attorney; he occupied this position until 1963.[2] In 1964, Ceci was elected as a Republican to the Wisconsin State Assembly. He did not seek reelection in 1966 and was instead the unsuccessful Republican nominee for Wisconsin Attorney General.[1] In 1968, Republican Governor Warren Knowles appointed Ceci to the Milwaukee County Court's traffic branch. Ceci was elected to the position in 1969 and was elected to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court in 1973.[2] As a judge, Ceci clashed at times with Milwaukee County District Attorney E. Michael McCann and with the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department.[3][4]

In 1982, Ceci was appointed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court by Governor Lee Sherman Dreyfus; he was elected to a full term in 1984, and retired in September 1993.[5][2][6] At the time of his retirement, Ceci's judicial philosophy was classified as one of the most conservative among the court's justices.[5]


  1. ^ a b Dobish, Alex P. (21 March 1982). "Louis Ceci: from Bronx to State Supreme Court". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Wisconsin Supreme Court, Louis Ceci
  3. ^ Kerstein, Edward S. (28 August 1975). "Justices Block Ceci on Contempt Charges". The Milwaukee Journal. 
  4. ^ Janz, William (1 August 1969). "Ceci Kicks Up a Storm as Deputy Balks at Order". The Milwaukee Sentinel. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Walters, Steven (5 May 1993). "Ceci to retire from State Supreme Court in September". The Milwaukee Sentinel. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Ceci, Louis J. 1927". Wisconsinhistory.org. 1927-09-10. Retrieved 2012-01-29.