Maryann Sumi

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Maryann Sumi
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Court Information:
Dane County Circuit Court, Wisconsin
Title:   Former judge
Position:   Branch 2
Active:   1998-2014
Succeeded by:   Josann Reynolds
Past position:   Assistant attorney general, Wisconsin Department of Justice
Personal History
Law School:   University of Wisconsin Law School, 1976
Candidate 2011:
Candidate for:  Dane County Circuit Court
State:  Wisconsin
Election information 2011:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  April 5, 2011
Election vote:  100%ApprovedA

Maryann Sumi is a former judge for the Dane County Circuit Court, Branch 2, in Dane County, Wisconsin.[1] She was first appointed to the court in 1998, then won election in 1999 and 2005. Her term would have expired in 2017, but Sumi retired from the court on May 30, 2014.[2][3]


Sumi received her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1976.[2]


Prior to her appointment, Sumi served as an assistant attorney general for the Wisconsin Department of Justice. She also previously was an executive assistant for the Department of Natural Resources.[2]

Awards and associations

  • Associate Dean, Wisconsin Judicial College
  • Member, Criminal Jury Instructions Committee [2]

2011 election

See also: Wisconsin judicial elections, 2011

Sumi was re-elected to the Dane County Circuit Court after running unopposed.[4]

Notable cases

Collective bargaining

In March 2011, Judge Sumi declared an injunction against publishing the Wisconsin State 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.[5]

On May 26, 2011, Sumi struck down the legislative actions leading to the bill eliminating public employee collective bargaining on the grounds that it violated the state's Open Meetings Law.[6][7]

Read the text of her ruling here: State of Wisconsin vs. Fitzgerald et al (dead link)

The state's Department 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."[8]

Read the text of the Wisconsin 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.[9]

See also

External links


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