N. Patrick Crooks

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N. Patrick Crooks
Court Information:
Wisconsin Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $146,000
Selection:   Elected
Active:   1996-2016
Past post:   Judge, Brown County Municipal Court
Past term:   1977-1996
Personal History
Party:   Republican
Undergraduate:   St. Norbert College
Law School:   University of Notre Dame, 1963

N. Patrick Crooks is a justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Crooks was elected to the supreme court in 1996 and re-elected in 2006; his term expires July 31, 2016.[1]


Crooks received his undergraduate degree from St. Norbert College and his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 1963.[2]


  • 1996-2016: Justice, Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • 1977-1996: Judge, Brown County Court
  • 1966-1977: Attorney in private practice
  • 1964-1966: U.S. Army's Office of the Judge Advocate General
  • 1963-1964: Attorney in private practice[1]

Awards and associations


  • 1994: Trial Judge of the Year, Wisconsin Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates


  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Law school evaluator, Legal Education and Admissions Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Media-Law Relations Committee, State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Director, Notre Dame Law Association
  • Member, James E. Doyle Chapter, American Inns of Court
  • Past member, Wisconsin Judicial Council[1]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology 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. Crooks received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.59, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of 0.42 that justices received in Wisconsin. 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.[3]

See also

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