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Ann Walsh Bradley

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Ann Walsh Bradley
Current Court Information:
Wisconsin Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $
Selection:   Elected
Active:   1995-2015
Past post:   Judge, Marathon County Circuit Court
Past term:   1985-1995
Personal History
Party:   Democratic
Undergraduate:   Webster College
Law School:   University of Wisconsin Law School, 1976

Ann Walsh Bradley is a justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. She was elected to the supreme court in 1995 and was re-elected in 2005; her current term expires July 31, 2015. Though justices of the supreme court are considered non-partisan, Bradley is frequently considered a member of the liberal wing of the court.[1] Bradley is running for re-election to the supreme court against Rock County Circuit Court Judge James Daley in 2015.[2]



See also: Wisconsin judicial elections, 2015

Wisconsin's general judicial election will be held on April 7, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates was January 6, 2015.[3] Incumbent Ann Walsh Bradley and James Daley will compete in the general election for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.[2]
General election, 2015
Ann Walsh Bradley Incumbent
James Daley


Bradley received a bachelor's degree from Webster College, then began teaching high school. She earned her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1976.[4]


Bradley was in private practice until appointed to the Marathon County Circuit Court in 1985. In 1995, she was elected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.[5]

Awards and associations


  • 2004: Harley Award, American Judicature Society


  • Elected member, American Law Institute
  • Former associate dean, Wisconsin Judicial College
  • Past chair, Wisconsin Judicial Conference
  • Lecturer, Asia Law Initative, American Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Visitors, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Member, Federal-State Judicial Council
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Commissioner, National Conference on Uniform Laws
  • Member, Wisconsin Judicial Council[5]

Investigation over altercation at court

In June 2011, unnamed sources alleged that a physical altercation occurred between Bradley and Justice David Prosser on June 13, 2011. On June 25, Bradley said, "The facts are that I was demanding that he get out of my office and he put his hands around my neck in anger in a chokehold."[6][7]

In a statement regarding the incident, Prossser said, "Once there's a proper review of the matter and the facts surrounding it are made clear, the anonymous claim made to the media will be proven false. Until then I will refrain from further public comment."[6]

The incident was investigated by the Dane County Sheriff's Office and the Wisconsin Judicial Commission.[1] No charges were brought against either party.[8]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Bradley received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.39, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of 0.42 that justices received in Wisconsin. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[9]

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