United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

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Eastern District of Wisconsin
Seventh Circuit
WI-ED.png
Chief:William GriesbachJudges:4
Posts:5Vacancies:1
Active judges
AdelmanRandaStadtmueller
Senior Judges
Clevert
Magistrate Judges
CallahanGoodsteinGorenceJosephSickel
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Contents
1 Court
1.1 Vacancy warning level
1.2 Jurisdiction
1.2.1 Cases heard
1.2.2 Case load
1.3 Clerk's office
1.4 History
1.4.1 Court history
1.4.2 Judicial posts
1.4.3 Notable decisions
1.4.4 Federal courthouse
1.5 Major news
1.6 See also
1.7 External links
1.8 References
2 Judges

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin is a United States district court. It encompasses much of the eastern half of the state and is split between the Green Bay Division and the main courthouse in the Milwaukee Division.[1]

The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is James Santelle .[2]

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown Chicago at the Everett M. Dirksen Federal Courthouse and Building.

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin's vacancy warning level is currently set at yellow. The court currently has one vacancy out of their five posts. There are no pending appointments for the district.

Jurisdiction

The Counties of the Eastern District of Wisconsin (click for larger map)

The geographic jurisdiction of the Eastern District of Wisconsin consists of all the following counties in the eastern part of the state of Wisconsin.

There are two court divisions, each covering the following counties:

The Green Bay Division, covering Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago Counties

The Milwaukee Division, covering Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Kenosha, Marquette, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha Counties

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown Chicago at the Everett M. Dirksen Federal Courthouse and Building.

Cases heard

The Eastern District of Wisconsin has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.

Case load

Federal Court Case Load Statistics*
YearStarting case load:Cases filed:Total cases:Cases terminated:Remaining cases:Median time(Criminal)**:Median time(Civil)**:3 Year Civil cases#:Vacant posts:## Trials/Post
2012 1735186536001968 163212.76.941 (3.8%)012
2011 1902193538372028 180912.56.937 (3.5%)010
2010 1924177937031801 190211.77.643 (3.8%)013
2009 1812194137531800 195310.87.260 (5.2%)015
2008 1836182836641850 181410855 (5.3%)09
2007166419403604193016748.48.246 (4.1%)06
*All statistics are taken from the Official Federal Courts' Website and reflect the calendar year through September.    **Time in months from filing to completion.
#This statistic includes cases which have been appealed in higher courts.    ##This is the total number of months that any judicial posts had spent vacant that year.
WIE Terminations Filed.jpg WIE Median Times.jpg

Clerk's office

The Eastern District of Wisconsin has two separate courthouses. The Clerk's office is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, excluding Federal holidays. Please consult the chart below for more information:

Branch Address Phone number Counties Served
Green Bay Division Jefferson Court Building

125 S. Jefferson St., Rm. 102
Green Bay, WI 54301-4541

(920) 884-3720 Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago
Milwaukee Division 362 United States District Courthouse

517 East Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202

(414) 297-3372 Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Kenosha, Marquette, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha
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History

Court history

The State of Wisconsin was established and organized as one judicial district by Congress on May 29, 1848 with one post to cover the entire state. This judicial district was not assigned to a judicial circuit and was therefore granted the same jurisdiction as United States circuit courts, excluding appeals and writs of error, which are the jurisdiction of the United States Supreme Court.

On July 15, 1862 Statute 12 Stat. 576 reorganized the judicial circuits, repealed the circuit court jurisdiction of the U.S. District Court for the District of Wisconsin, and then assigned the district over to the Eighth Circuit. Statute 14 Stat. 209 again reorganized the circuits, and assigned U.S. District Court for the District of Wisconsin over to the Seventh Circuit on July 23, 1866.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Wisconsin was divided into two judicial districts, known as the Eastern District of Wisconsin and the Western District of Wisconsin on June 30, 1870, with one judgeship authorized to each district. The sitting judge was assigned over to the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Over time 4 additional judicial posts were added for a total of 5 current posts.[4]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Eastern District of Wisconsin:

Year Statute Total Seats
May 29, 1848 9 Stat. 233 1
June 30, 1870 16 Stat. 171 1
February 10, 1954 68 Stat. 8 2
March 18, 1966 80 Stat. 75 2 (1 temporary)
June 2, 1970 84 Stat. 294 3
October 20, 1978 92 Stat. 1629 4
December 21, 2000 114 Stat. 2762 5
[4]

Notable cases


For a searchable list of opinions, please see Justia.com-Dockets and Filings-Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Judicial nominating commission

In April 2013, Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson created the Wisconsin Federal Nominating Commission. The commission will recommend nominees for the following courts: Eastern District of Wisconsin, Western District of Wisconsin and Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The commission will also recommend United States Attorneys for the Eastern and Western Districts. It will be comprised of six members of the Wisconsin State Bar, with three members appointed by each senator.[7]

Federal courthouse

Two separate courthouses serve the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Judge J.P. Stadtmueller wrote a history of the court entitled "Milwaukee's 'Crown Jewel', The Historic United States Courthouse and Federal Building" which can be accessed here. The building was commenced in 1892, completed in 1899, and for some time served as a Post Office building.

See also

External links

References

Eastern District of Wisconsin
Seventh Circuit
WI-ED.png
Chief:William GriesbachJudges:4
Posts:5Vacancies:1
Active judges
AdelmanRandaStadtmueller
Senior Judges
Clevert
Magistrate Judges
CallahanGoodsteinGorenceJosephSickel
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Contents
1 Court
2 Judges
2.1 Active Judges
2.1.1 Article III judges
2.1.2 Pending appointments
2.1.3 Senior judges
2.2 Past judges
2.2.1 Former Chief judges
2.2.2 Former judges

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge Rudolph Randa1940Milwaukee, WIH.W. Bush 8/12/1992 - Present2002 - 2009Robert WarrenU. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, B.S., 1963U. of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 1966
Judge Joseph Stadtmueller1942Oshkosh, WIReagan 6/1/1987 - Present1995 - 2002John ReynoldsMarquette U., B.A., 1964Marquette U. Law School, J.D., 1967
Judge Lynn Adelman1939Milwaukee, WIClinton 12/23/1997 - PresentThomas CurranPrinceton U., A.B., 1961Columbia Law School, LL.B., 1965
Chief Judge William Griesbach1954Milwaukee, WIW. Bush 5/1/2002 - Present11/1/2012 - PresentNew Seat|114 Stat. 2762Marquette U., B.A., 1976Marquette U. Law School, J.D., 1979


Pending appointments

There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Charles ClevertClinton 7/29/1996 - 10/31/20122009 - 10/31/201210/31/2012 - PresentDavis and Elkins College, B.A., 1969Georgetown U. Law Center, J.D., 1972


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge Aaron Goodstein1979 - PresentU. of Wisconsin, J.D., 1967
Former Magistrate Judge Patricia Gorence1994 - PresentMarquette U. Law, J.D., 1977
Magistrate Judge William Callahan1995 - PresentMarquette U. Law, J.D., 1973
Magistrate Judge James Sickel1975 - PresentMarquette U., B.A., 1967Marquette U. Law, J.D., 1974
Magistrate Judge Nancy Joseph


Past judges

Former Chief judges

Former Chief JudgesTerm
Robert Warren1986 - 1991
Robert Tehan1954 - 1971
John Reynolds1971 - 1986
Terence Evans1991 - 1995
Joseph Stadtmueller1995 - 2002
Charles Clevert2009 - 10/31/2012
Rudolph Randa2002 - 2009

In order to qualify for the office of Chief Judge in one of the federal courts, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as Chief Judge. A vacancy in the office of Chief Judge is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The Chief Judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position. Unlike the Chief Justice of the United States, a Chief Judge returns to active service after the expiration of his or her term and does not create a vacancy on the bench by the fact of his or her promotion.[1][2]



Former judges


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