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Former justice to speak at UW hooding ceremony

Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Louis Butler will be the keynote speaker for the University of Wisconsin Law School’s hooding ceremony.

The ceremony will start at 1 p.m. on May 11 at Monona Terrace. Miriam Seifert, a law professor, will join Butler on the stage.

Butler, who graduated from UW Law School in 1977, was appointed to the high court by Gov. Jim Doyle in 2004 and remained on the bench until 2008, when he was defeated by Justice Michael Gableman. Butler was the first black Supreme Court justice in Wisconsin. In 1998, he also became the first black public defender from Wisconsin to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Butler is a litigator at DeWitt Ross & Stevens and works out of the firm’s Brookfield office.

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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