Wil Schroder

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Wil Schroder
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Current Court Information:
Kentucky Supreme Court
Title:   Former Justice
Active:   2006-2013
Past position:   Kentucky Court of Appeals
Past term:   1991-2006
Past position:   Judge
Personal History
Born:   1946
Hometown:   Fort Mitchell, Kentucky
Undergraduate:   University of Kentucky, 1968
Law School:   University of Kentucky, 1970

Wilfrid Schroder was an associate justice of the Supreme Court of Kentucky, representing the 6th District. He was elected in November of 2006.[1] He announced his retirement on January 17, 2013, after being diagnosed with a brain tumor.[2][3]


Schroder attended the University of Kentucky, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1968 and his J.D. degree in 1970. He then earned his LL.M. degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1971.[1]


Justice Schroder began his legal career as an attorney for the Kansas City Legal Aid Society and as a corporate attorney for the St. Paul Insurance Company. In 1972, he became an assistant law professor at Northern Kentucky University's Salmon P. Chase College of Law. He then worked with his brother as a private practice lawyer in Covington from 1975 to 1983. During this time, he represented the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission, worked as a contract attorney for the Special Fund of the Division of Workers' Compensation, worked as a Kenton County public defender, and served as a hearing officer for the Kentucky Personnel Board. In 1982 and 1983, he also worked as a city attorney for Newport. He became a trial judge in 1983, serving on the Kenton District Court until 1991, when he joined the Court of Appeals. He was then elected to the Supreme Court in 2006.[1]


2006 election

Candidate IncumbentSeatElection %
Wil Schroder ApprovedA 6th District64.4%
Marcus Carey 6th District35.6%


Political outlook

See also: Political outlook 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. Schroder received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.26, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of 0.17 that justices received in Kentucky. 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.[5]

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