United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

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United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
(W.D. Wis.)
Robert W. Kastenmeier United States Courthouse
Robert W. Kastenmeier United States Courthouse
Appeals to Seventh Circuit
Established June 30, 1870
Judges assigned 2
Chief judge William M. Conley
Official site

The United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin (in case citations, W.D. Wis.) is a federal court in the Seventh Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).

The District was established on June 30, 1870.[1]

The United States Attorney for the District is John W. Vaudreuil.

Organization of the court[edit]

The United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin is one of two federal judicial districts in Wisconsin.[2] Court for the Western District is held at Madison.
The district comprises the following counties: Adams, Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Grant, Green, Iowa, Iron, Jackson, Jefferson, Juneau, La Crosse, Lafayette, Lincoln, Marathon, Monroe, Oneida, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Portage, Price, Richland, Rock, Rusk, Sauk, St. Croix, Sawyer, Taylor, Trempealeau, Vernon, Vilas, Washburn and Wood.

Current judges[edit]

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
10 Chief Judge William M. Conley Madison 1956 2010–present 2010–present Obama
11 District Judge James D. Peterson Madison 1957 2014–present Obama
8 Senior Judge Barbara Brandriff Crabb Madison 1939 1979–2010 1980–1996
2010–present Carter

Former judges[edit]

# Judge State Born–died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Hopkins, James CampbellJames Campbell Hopkins WI 1819–1877 1870–1877 Grant, Grant death
2 Bunn, RomanzoRomanzo Bunn WI 1829–1909 1877–1905 Hayes, Hayes retirement
3 Sanborn, Arthur LoomisArthur Loomis Sanborn WI 1850–1920 1905–1920 Roosevelt, T.T. Roosevelt death
4 Luse, Claude ZethClaude Zeth Luse WI 1879–1932 1921–1932 Harding, Harding death
5 Stone, Patrick ThomasPatrick Thomas Stone WI 1889–1963 1933–1963 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
6 Rabinovitz, DavidDavid Rabinovitz WI 1908–1986 1964 Johnson, L.L. Johnson not confirmed[3]
7 Doyle, James EdwardJames Edward Doyle WI 1915–1987 1965–1980 1978–1980 1980–1987 Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
9 Shabaz, John C.John C. Shabaz WI 1931–2012 1981–2009 1996–2001 2009–2012 Reagan death

Succession of seats[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.fjc.gov/history/home.nsf/page/courts_district_wi.html U.S. District Courts of Wisconsin, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center
  2. ^ 28 U.S.C. § 130
  3. ^ Recess appointment; the United States Senate later rejected the appointment.

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