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McDougal appointed to Richland County Circuit Court

Filling a vacancy left by Judge Andrew Sharp’s retirement, Gov. Tony Evers has appointed Lisa McDougal to Richland County Circuit Court. According to Thursday’s announcement, McDougal will complete a term through July 31, 2023.

McDougal is a University of Wisconsin Law graduate and has practiced in Southern Wisconsin for the past 16 years. In 2005, she opened her general practice law office, representing clients in criminal, family, probate, estate and post-conviction matters. She joined the State Public Defender’s Office in 2011, primarily serving in Richland County.

Before her appointment, McDougal has been the local attorney manager of the Lancaster Office since 2018, overseeing daily operations and attorney appointments across four counties.

Over her career, she’s served as an active member of the Iowa, Grant and Richland County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committees, the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and both the Iowa and Richland County Bar Associations.

“The citizens of Richland County can be assured that Governor Evers has made an excellent choice in Ms. McDougal,” said Sharp in a statement. “She’s always been a knowledgeable, hard-working advocate for her clients. I believe she will show that same dedication in working to achieve justice as our next judge.”

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