JoAnne Kloppenburg Announces Run for Wisconsin Supreme Court

by Free Speech on December 8, 2010

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7 December 2010

Contact: Melissa Mulliken
Campaign Manager
The Kloppenburg for Justice Committee

Assistant Attorney General Will Limit Fundraising and Spending in her campaign; Sends Message that “Justice is not for sale”

Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg has announced her candidacy for Wisconsin Supreme Court.

“Supreme Court Justices should not act as advocates for any cause or group nor as legislators. Rather, Wisconsin residents deserve to have confidence that judges are impartial and independent decision-makers who apply the law fairly and clearly based on the law and the facts,” Kloppenburg said. “That is what my background and broad legal experience have prepared me to do. That is the kind of Justice I will be.”

Her campaign has chosen to limit fundraising and spending by participating in Wisconsin’s Democracy Trust Fund. “By agreeing to strict fundraising and spending limits, I want to send a strong message to the voters that justice is not for sale,” Kloppenburg said.

Assistant Attorney General Kloppenburg has been a litigator and prosecutor at the Wisconsin Department of Justice since 1989, serving under Attorneys General from both parties: Don Hanaway, Jim Doyle, Peg Lautenschlager and JB Van Hollen.

Her legal experience is broad and deep and includes constitutional law, appellate law, civil litigation, environmental prosecution and administrative law. She has argued numerous cases before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and in the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.

Assistant Attorney General Kloppenburg graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School (1988). She has an undergraduate degree from Yale (1974), also with honors, and a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University (1976). During Law School, she was an intern for Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson and later was a law clerk for Chief Judge Barbara Crabb of the United States District Court.

A teacher at the UW Law School since 1990, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana (1976-1979) and remains active in professional, civic and community life. She is a member of the Legal Association for Women (LAW), a mentor with the Dane County Bar Association, an English as a Second Language (ESL) tutor, and a member of her neighborhood association board, and has volunteered with various nonprofit groups.

Assistant Attorney General Kloppenburg and her husband Jack are the proud parents of two daughters and one son. They live in Madison.

Paid for by The Kloppenburg for Justice Committee, Jim Block, treasurer

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