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Walker makes DA appointments in Columbia, Burnett counties

Gov. Scott Walker made two appointments on Tuesday to district attorney positions in Burnett and Columbia counties.

Gov. Scott Walker announced on Tuesday that he had appointed Burnett County special prosecutor Joseph Schieffer to be the Burnett County district attorney. Schieffer will be in that position at least until 2020, when it will be up for election.

Schieffer, who graduated from Marquette University Law School in 2013, will succeed William Norine, who resigned in August and later made headlines for using Facebook to ask women who had been criminal defendants in Norine’s county out on dates.

Before working as a special prosecutor at the Burnett County District Attorney’s Office, Schieffer had been a solo practitioner at his Cumberland-based firm, Schieffer Law. He was also previously an associate attorney at Smith & Smith Law and an assistant district attorney in Barron County.

Walker also announced on Tuesday that he had appointed the family-law attorney Tristan Eagon to be Columbia County district attorney.

Eagon will fill the vacancy that will be left by Jane Kohlwey when she steps down from that position in January. The seat is also up for election in 2020.

Eagon, who graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2012, works at the Madison office of Menomonee Falls-based Sterling Law Offices. She was admitted to practice law in Wisconsin in 2014.

Eagon previously worked as an assistant state public defender, a lawyer at Madison-based Richard B. Johnson & Associates and an assistant city attorney at the Lansing City Attorney’s Office in Michigan.

Before going to law school, Eagon was a police officer in South Carolina and a law enforcement officer in Ohio.

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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