William C. Griesbach
|William C. Griesbach|
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin|
Assumed office |
October 31, 2012
|Preceded by||Charles N. Clevert Jr.|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin|
Assumed office |
May 1, 2002
|Appointed by||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Seat established by 114 Stat. 2762|
William C. Griesbach|
1954 (age 63–64)
Marquette University (B.A.)|
Marquette University Law School (J.D.)
William C. Griesbach (born 1954) is the Chief United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Education and career
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Griesbach received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marquette University in 1976 and a Juris Doctor from Marquette University Law School in 1979. He was a law clerk to Judge Bruce F. Beilfuss, Wisconsin Supreme Court from 1979 to 1980. He was a staff attorney of United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 1980 to 1982, thereafter entering private practice in Wisconsin from 1982 to 1987. He was an assistant district attorney in Brown County, Wisconsin, from 1987 to 1995, and a judge on the Brown County Circuit Court from 1995 to 2002.
District court service
On January 23, 2002, Griesbach was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. This was a new seat created by 114 Stat. 2762. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 25, 2002, and received his commission on May 1, 2002. He became Chief Judge on October 31, 2012.
On November 21, 2016, Judge Griesbach dissented when Circuit Judge Kenneth Francis Ripple, joined by District Judge Barbara Brandriff Crabb, found that the high number of wasted votes created by the 2011 Wisconsin State Assembly redistricting was unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering.
- Michael Wines (22 November 2016). "Judges Find Wisconsin Redistricting Unfairly Favored Republicans". The New York Times. p. A1. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
- William C. Griesbach at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Seat established by 114 Stat. 2762
| Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
Charles N. Clevert Jr.
| Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin|