United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
- 1 Vacancy warning level
- 2 Active judges
- 3 Jurisdiction
- 4 Caseloads
- 5 Notable cases
- 6 History
- 7 Federal courthouse
- 8 Judicial nominating commission
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
The United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin is one of ninety-four United States district courts. It encompasses much of the western half of the state and is headquartered in the Robert Kastenmeier Federal Courthouse in downtown Madison, Wisconsin.
The United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is John William Vaudreuil.
When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals based in downtown Chicago, Illinois at the Everett M. Dirksen Federal Courthouse and Building.
Vacancy warning level
There are no pending nominations for the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.
Article III judges
|Chief judge William Conley (Wisconsin)||1956||Rice Lake, WI||3/25/2010-Present||2010-Present||Barbara Crabb||University of Wisconsin, 1978||University of Wisconsin Law School, 1982|
|Judge James D. Peterson||1957||Madison, Wisconsin||Obama||5/8/2014-Present||John Shabaz||University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S., 1979||University of Wisconsin-Madison Law, J.D., 1998|
Active Article III judges by appointing political party
This graph displays the percent of active judges by the party of the appointing president and does not reflect how a judge may rule on specific cases or their own political preferences.
|Senior Judge Barbara Crabb||Carter||11/2/1979-12/31/2009||1980-1996; 2001-2010||12/31/2009-Present||University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1960||University of Wisconsin Law School, 1962|
Senior judges by appointing political party
This graph displays the percent of senior judges by the party of the appointing president and does not reflect how a judge may rule on specific cases or their own political preferences.
|Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker||1992 - Present|
|Magistrate Judge Peter Oppeneer||2009 - Present|
The Western 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.
- Adams County
- Ashland County
- Barron County
- Bayfield County
- Buffalo County
- Burnett County
- Chippewa County
- Clark County
- Columbia County
- Crawford County
- Dane County
- Douglas County
- Dunn County
- Eau Claire County
- Grant County
- Green County
- Iowa County
- Iron County
- Jackson County
- Jefferson County
- Juneau County
- La Crosse County
- Lafayette County
- Lincoln County
- Marathon County
- Monroe County
- Oneida County
- Pepin County
- Pierce County
- Polk County
- Portage County
- Price County
- Richland County
- Rock County
- Rusk County
- Sauk County
- Sawyer County
- St. Croix County
- Taylor County
- Trempealeau County
- Vernon County
- Vilas County
- Washburn County
- Wood County
|Federal Court Caseload Statistics*|
|Year||Starting case load:||Cases filed:||Total cases:||Cases terminated:||Remaining cases:||Median time (Criminal)**:||Median time (Civil)**:||Three-year civil cases#:||Vacant posts:##||Trials/Post|
|*All statistics are taken from the Official Federal Courts' Website and reflect the calendar year through September.|
**Time in months from filing to completion.
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Justia.com-Dockets and Filings-Western District of Wisconsin.
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 one additional judicial post was added for a total of two current posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Western District of Wisconsin:
|May 29, 1848||9 Stat. 233||1|
|June 30, 1870||16 Stat. 171||1|
|October 20, 1978||92 Stat. 1629||2|
Former chief judges
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.
For information on judges of the Western District of Wisconsin, see former federal judges of the Western District of Wisconsin.
One separate courthouse serves the Western 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.
- United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
- Judges of the Western District of Wisconsin (dead link)
- Opinions of the Western District of Wisconsin
- US Attorney's Office for the Western District of Wisconsin
- Offices of the United States Attorneys, "Official list," accessed May 12, 2014
- History of the Western District of Wisconsin from the Federal Judicial Center
- United States Courts, "Frequently Asked Questions"
- United States Courts, "On Being Chief Judge," February 2009
- Tammy Baldwin United States Senator for Wisconsin, Press Release: "Wisconsin Senators Announce Agreement on Wisconsin Judicial Commission to move Federal Nominations Forward," April 17, 2013
|Magistrate judges||Stephen Crocker • Peter Oppeneer •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|