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Seventh Circuit judge to give keynote speech at UW hooding ceremony

A U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals judge will give the keynote address at University of Wisconsin Law School’s hooding ceremony.

Judge Diane Sykes has been booked to deliver the speech, the law school announced Tuesday. The hooding ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. May 12 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center Exhibition Hall, 1 John Nolen Drive.

Sykes was appointed to the Seventh Circuit Bench by President George W. Bush and has served on the bench since she was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2004. Before that, she was a Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice for almost five years, first appointed by Gov. Tommy Thompson.

Before that, Sykes spent seven years on the Milwaukee County Circuit Court bench. She began her legal career at Whyte & Hirschboeck and was a clerk for former Seventh Circuit Judge Terence Evans.

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