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|Current Court Information:|
|Dane County Circuit Court, Wisconsin|
|Past position:||Assistant Attorney General, Wisconsin Dept. of Justice|
|Past term:||Before joining court|
|Law School:||University of Wisconsin Law School, 1976|
|Candidate for:||Dane County Circuit Court|
|Election information 2011:|
|Election date:||April 5, 2011|
Maryann Sumi is a judge for the Dane County Circuit Court, Branch 2, in Wisconsin. She was first appointed to the court in 1998, then won election in 1999 and 2005. Her current term expires in 2017.
Prior to her appointment, Sumi served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Wisconsin Department of Justice. She also was an Executive Assistant for the Department of Natural Resources.
Awards and associations
- Associate Dean, Wisconsin Judicial College
- Member, Criminal Jury Instructions Committee
- See also: Wisconsin judicial elections, 2011
Sumi was re-election after running unopposed.
In March 2011, Judge Sumi declared an injunction against publishing the Wisconsin Legislature's bill that eliminates collective bargaining for public employees. She found that legislators broke the state's Open Meetings Law, and therefore granted a restraining order against the Secretary of State's publishing of the bill. Regardless of Judge Sumi's ruling, the Secretary for the Department of Administration said that the state considers the collective bargaining restrictions to be law.
- Read the text of her ruling here: State of Wisconsin vs. Fitzgerald et al
The state Departments of Justice and Department of Administration appealed the decision to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. On June 14, 2011 the Supreme Court overturned Sumi's ruling, saying in part that it had "usurped the legislative power which the Wisconsin Constitution grants exclusively to the Legislature."
- Read the text of the Supreme Court's ruling here: State of Wisconsin vs. Fitzgerald et al (June 14, 2011)
Sumi refuses to declare work stoppage a strike
In February 2011, in the middle of a statewide debate regarding labor unions' collective bargaining, Judge Sumi refused the Madison School District's request to send teachers back to work. The district asked the judge to impose a temporary restraining order to bar teachers from participating in further work stoppages. It referred to the teachers' protests in the capital as a strike, which are illegal under state law. The judge refused to categorize the work stoppage as a strike and said that the district could not prove irreparable harm had been caused by the teachers.
- Wisconsin Court System, "Circuit Courts"
- Dane County Circuit Court
- New York Times, "Judge Blocks Wisconsin Law on Union Bargaining," March 18, 2011
- Dane County
- The New York Times, Maryann Sumi: Dane County Circuit Judge biography
- Offices to be elected at 2011 spring election, info dated 11/15/10
- The Daily Cardinal, "DOA will enforce union law despite injunction," March 31, 2011
- Wisconsin State Journal, "Judge strikes down Walker's collective bargaining law, case moves to state Supreme Court," May 26, 2011
- Wisconsin Reporter, "Judge: Collective bargaining bill violated open meetings law," May 26, 2011
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Supreme Court reinstates collective bargaining law," June 14, 2011
- Wisconsin State Journal, "Judge shoots down effort to force Madison teachers back to class; school expected Tuesday," February 19, 2011