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Huber selected as new chair of Committee of Chief Judges

Ninth Judicial Administrative District Chief Judge Gregory Huber has been selected as chair of the Committee of Chief Judges.

Huber, who’s a Marathon County Circuit Court judge, has served as the district’s chief judge since 2016. His fellow chief judges chose him to chair the Committee of Chief Judges starting on Aug. 1.

Huber’s history

Huber was a deputy chief judge prior to taking on the role of chief judge of the Ninth Judicial District.  He was first elected to the bench in 2004 and re-elected in 2010 and 2016.

Before joining the circuit court, Huber represented the 85th Assembly District in the Wausau area from 1989 to 2004. He was also an assistant district attorney in Marathon County from 1983 to 1988. Huber previously served on the Legislative Committee of the Wisconsin Judicial Conference and is former co-chair of the Ninth District Pro Se Committee. He has a bachelor’s degree from UW-Madison and a law degree from UW Law School.

As chair of the committee, Huber will meet several times a year with other chief judges to work on administrative issues of statewide importance. Chief judges, with help from deputy chief judges and a professional court administrator, also manage the flow of cases in circuit courts.

Huber to replace VanDeHey as committee chair

Huber will replace current committee chair Chief Judge Robert VanDeHey, who’s a Grant County Circuit Court judge. VanDeHey’s one-year term as chair expires on July 31.

VanDeHey was appointed chief judge of the Seventh Judicial Administrative District in 2016. He also previously served as a deputy chief judge.

He was first appointed to Grant County Circuit Court in 1998 after working as an attorney in private practice. VanDeHey has served in a variety of court-related positions, including as a member of the Juvenile Jury Instruction Committee and as a faculty member of both the Juvenile Law Institute and Wisconsin Judicial Conference. He also previously served as a member of the Wisconsin Judicial Council and chaired the Probate Benchbook Committee. VanDeHey has a bachelor’s degree from UW-Madison and a law degree from UW Law School.


About Michaela Paukner, mpaukner@wislawjournal.com

Michaela Paukner is the legal reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal. She can be reached at (414) 225-1825 or by email at mpaukner@wislawjournal.com.

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