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Abrahamson exhibit travels around the state

By: Ali Teske//June 7, 2022//

Abrahamson exhibit travels around the state

By: Ali Teske//June 7, 2022//

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Hon. Shirley Abrahamson

An exhibit honoring Wisconsin’s first woman Supreme Court justice is making its way across the state.

The traveling exhibit is called “Justice for All: The Legacy of Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson.” A New York native, Abrahamson made history in 1976 when she was appointed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court by Gov. Patrick Lucey. Two decades later, she became the state’s first female chief justice. Her legal and judicial legacy is reflected in the new exhibit as she still retains the longest career of any justice on the high court’s bench in Wisconsin history with 43 years of service. She passed away in Dec. 2020 at the age of 87.

The interactive exhibit began its run on May 25 at the Wisconsin Historical Society Lobby in Madison. It will remain there through June 30 before heading to the Marathon County Public Library in Wausau from July 1 through Aug. 31.

The exhibit will be on display for the next year in the following locations

  •  Milwaukee City Hall Rotunda from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Golda Meir Library and Student Library Learning Commons from Oct. 2022 through Dec. 2022
  • LE Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire from Jan. 2023 through March 2023
  • Neville Public Museum in Green Bay April 2023 through June 2023

The project was developed by The Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson Legacy Committee. The committee is co-chaired by Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Janine Geske and U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin. Attorneys Christine Bremer Muggli of Bremer & Trollop , Amy Bogost of Bogost Law and Benjamin Wagner of Habush, Habush & Rottier make up the committee members.

Organizations wishing to book the exhibit for display can still do so here.


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