I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the people of Wisconsin as a Court of Appeals Judge. After practicing law for over 16 years, I answered a calling to public service, first as a Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge in Children’s Court where I dedicated myself to protecting children in our community, ensuring the safety of the citizens who reside, work, and attend school in Milwaukee County, and treating all participants in the court system with dignity and respect. Presiding in Branch 45 of Children’s Court was the most rewarding experience of my professional life. I am grateful to those who expressed confidence in me with their support and votes and who continue to encourage me as I continue my public service in the appellate court. As an appellate court judge, I review decisions made at the trial court level and write published opinions that are binding precedent unless overturned by the Supreme Court.
I became a judge because I care deeply about the Milwaukee community. I was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital on 50th and Chambers and grew up in a home just west of there. After my Dad lost his job in the 1980s recession, my family struggled like many Milwaukee families. But I was blessed with parents who instilled in their four children a strong work ethic, the importance of education, and the value of a strong family. My sisters are stay-at-home mothers. My brother is a teacher at South Milwaukee High School. My family’s experiences gave me a unique appreciation for the challenges faced by families in Milwaukee County.
I am committed to the rule of law and applying the law fairly and impartially. When I proudly took the Oath of Office, I swore to support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Wisconsin. I understand my duty to apply the law as it is written and not as I may wish it to be. I faithfully exercised this duty in hundreds of cases as a Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge. It is a privilege to continue serving the people of Milwaukee County and the State of Wisconsin as an appellate judge where I will continue to uphold the rule of law.