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Eastern District hires new clerk of court

The Eastern District of Wisconsin has selected a new clerk of court.

Chief Judge William Griesbach announced Wednesday that Stephen Dries has been selected to replace Jon Sanfilippo as clerk of court for the Eastern District. Sanfilippo is retiring.

Dries’ first day on the job will be May 1.

Dries, who graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2001, has been Griesbach’s law clerk for nearly 14 years, according to a news release. Previously, Dries had been a corporate lawyer at the Chicago-based firm Jenner & Block and a law clerk for 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Diane Sykes.

The clerk of court for the Eastern District manages an office with 45 employees, functions as the court’s public information officer, helps organize public events and oversees the court’s budget, information technology, space and staff.

The Eastern District is a federal district court that encompasses 28 of the state’s 72 counties and has five district judges and three full-time magistrate judges. The court has two divisions, one which has its headquarters in Green Bay and the other in Milwaukee.

About Erika Strebel, erika.strebel@wislawjournal.com

Erika Strebel is the law beat reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal and a law school student at UW-Madison. She can be reached at 414-225-1825.

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