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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin|
|Appointed by:||Barack Obama|
|Active:||3/25/2010 - Present|
|Chief:||2010 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Barbara Crabb|
|Home State:||Rice Lake, WI|
|Undergraduate:||U. of Wisconsin, B.A., 1978|
|Law School:||U. of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 1982|
William Martin Conley is a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. He was nominated in 2009 by President Obama and joined the court in 2010.
Early life and eduction
Conley served as a law clerk for Thomas Fairchild on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit after graduation from law school. He now works as a partner in the law firm Foley & Lardner LLP, with a specialty in commercial litigation, and is recognized for his work on antitrust cases.
Western District of Wisconsin
Conley was nominated to fill the seat vacated by Barbara Crabb on the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin by President Obama on October 29, 2009. Conley was one of 21 applicants for the position. The Senate unanimously confirmed him on March 4, 2010.
He received a unanimous rating of "well qualified" from the American Bar Association.
Judiciary Committee hearing
Conley was questioned by the Senate Judiciary Committee on November 18, 2009. He stated that he was ready to serve the public after many years in the private sector, calling his nomination "an exceptional opportunity". The Committee voted unanimously to forward his nomination to the full Senate, which approved his nomination on March 4, 2010.
Awards and Associations
- Member of the Litigation Section, Antitrust Section and the Franchising Forum Committee of the American Bar Association
- Member of the Wisconsin Bar Association
- Member of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association
- Master in the James E. Doyle Chapter of the American Inns of Court
- Included in the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Wisconsin Super Lawyers lists
- Included in the 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 editions of The Best Lawyers in America
Judge temporarily suspends part of anti-abortion law (2013)
*Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin v. J.B. Van Hollen, et al. 13-cv-465wmc
In July 2013, Judge Conley granted a temporary restraining order for one part of a new Wisconsin law which adds qualifications for doctors who perform abortions. The law, passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Scott Walker, requires that doctors performing the procedures have admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of their practice. Judge Conley requested another hearing on that matter, and suspended that portion for ten days. The law still mandates that women hoping to terminate their pregnancies be forced to have an ultrasound, though they can choose not to if the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest. 
Broadcasting rights for Wisconsin Interscholastic sports (2011)
*Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association and American-Hifi Inc., v. Gannett Co., Inc. and Wisconsin Newspaper Associaion, Inc., 09-cv-155-wmc
Judge Conley ruled on June 3, 2010, that the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association can require newspapers and other media outlets to pay broadcasting rights fees to present high school sporting events. The lawsuit came after the WIAA demanded to Gannett-Wisconsin newspapers to not have streaming broadcasts of state football playoff games on the internet in 2008. Judge Conley ruled that high school sporting events are not public forums and struck down arguments from Gannett that the WIAA violated the First Amendment on the basis of free press. Attorneys for Gannett appealed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals where Judge Conley's ruling was affirmed.
Public funding and judicial elections in Wisconsin (2011)
*Wisconsin Right to Life Political Action Committee, et al., v. Michael Brennan, et al. 3:09-cv-00764-wmc
In March 2011, Judge Conley ruled in favor of the defendants, various governmental agencies, to uphold the legality of the Wisconsin law for public funding of Supreme Court elections. In a ruling that combined two cases, he found that the state had a compelling interest to avoid the impropriety of privately funded elections.
- Judge Conley's biography at the Federal Judicial Center
- Wisconsin Law Journal "Q&A with Judge William M. Conley", March 22, 2010
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 White House Press Release "President Obama Nominates William Conley and Brian Jackson to Serve on the District Court Bench", October 29, 2009
- ↑ Leader-Telegram "Obama nominates Rice Lake grad for judge post", October 31, 2009
- ↑ Judicial Nomination Materials
- ↑ State Bar of Wisconsin "U.S. Senate unanimously confirms William Conley's nomination as federal judge", March 5, 2010
- ↑ Feingold Press Release "KOHL, FEINGOLD LAUD PRESIDENT OBAMA'S NOMINATION OF WILLIAM CONLEY TO WESTERN DISTRICT JUDGESHIP", October 29, 2009
- ↑ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Senate committee grills judge nominee", November 18, 2009
- ↑ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: All Politics Blog "Committee votes to move forward with judicial nomination in Wisconsin", December 10, 2009
- ↑ State Bar of Wisconsin "Senate Judiciary Committee recommends approval of Conley nomination", December 15, 2009
- ↑ Conley Biography from Foley & Lardner
- ↑ Reuters.com, "Federal judge temporarily blocks part of Wisconsin's new abortion law," July 8, 2013
- ↑ CNN.com, "Federal judge temporarily blocks new Wisconsin abortion law," July 9, 2013
- ↑ Wisconsin State Journal "Judge rules in favor of WIAA in webcasting of sports events", June 4, 2010
- ↑ Leagle, "WISCONSIN INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION v. GANNETT CO., INC," August 24, 2011
- ↑ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Federal judge dismisses free speech challenges to campaign funding," March 31, 2011
|Federal judicial offices|
|Western District of Wisconsin
Chief Judge: William Conley
|Magistrate judges||Stephen Crocker • Peter Oppeneer •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|