William A. Bablitch

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William Albert Bablitch (March 1, 1941 – February 16, 2011)[1] was a politician, jurist, and lawyer from Wisconsin. He served in the Wisconsin State Senate from 1972 to 1983, and on the Wisconsin Supreme Court from 1983 to 2003.[2]

Bablitch was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin and graduated from Pacelli High School in 1959. He studied at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1963. He served in the Peace Corps for two years before earning a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1968 and a master of laws degree in the appellate process from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1987. Bablitch was married to Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge Martha Bablitch.[3] They divorced in 1978.

Bablitch served as Portage County district attorney from 1969 to 1972 and served in the Wisconsin State Senate from 1972 to 1983,[4] serving as president pro tempore and majority leader. He was elected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 1983 and reelected in 1993.[5] Justice Bablitch retired at the end of his term July 31, 2003. He was a part-time partner at the law firm of Michael, Best & Friedrich in Madison. He died in Hawaii.

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