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Justice to headline law school’s 150th birthday celebration

As part of the University of Wisconsin Law School’s 150th birthday festivities, Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson will be giving the school’s Kastenmeier Lecture.

The lecture, “A Conversation with Justice Shirley Abrahamson,” will take place at 3 p.m. in Room 2260 of the law school, 975 Bascom Mall, Madison. There will be a reception immediately afterward in the Wisconsin Law Alumni Association Student Commons.

Abrahamson was appointed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 1976 and elected to 10-year terms in 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009. She was chief justice from 1996 to 2015. She announced earlier this year that she would not be running for re-election next year. Abrahamson, who earned her law degree from Indiana University Law School 1956, practiced law for 14 years in Madison before she was appointed to the high court.

The Kastenmeier lecture remembers the UW Law graduate Robert Kastemeier, who served in Congress from 1958 to 1990, making contributions to the improvement of the judiciary and intellectual-property law. He drafted the rules for the House Committee on Judiciary that were used to impeach President Richard Nixon and Judge Harry Claiborne.

In addition to Abrahamson, five UW law school alumni will be speaking on Friday:

• Dane County Circuit Court Judge Everett Mitchell
• Rick Raemisch, Colorado’s prison system chief and former Dane County Sheriff from 1990 to 1997
• Lester Pines, Madison attorney and senior partner at Pines Bach
• Danae Davis, executive director of Milwaukee Succeeds, an effort to change schooling in Milwaukee
• Debra Katz, a Washington, D.C., attorney and founding partner of Katz, Marshall & Banks. She recently represented Christine Blasey Ford, who testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee about assault allegations involving then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Other activities scheduled for the two-day celebration include a barbeque, the release of the law school’s ice cream flavor on Friday and a “Decades Dance” on Saturday.

About Erika Strebel, [email protected]

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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