Shirley Abrahamson

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Shirley Abrahamson
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Associate Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court
Assumed office
Appointed byPatrick Lucey
Preceded byHorace W. Wilkie
Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court
In office
August 1, 1996 – April 29, 2015
Preceded byRoland B. Day
Succeeded byPatience D. Roggensack
Personal details
Born (1933-12-17) December 17, 1933 (age 86)
New York City
Spouse(s)Seymour Abrahamson
Alma materNew York University (AB)
Indiana University (J.D.)
University of Wisconsin-Madison (LL.M., S.J.D.)

Shirley S. Abrahamson (born December 17, 1933) is an American politician and lawyer. She is a member and former Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. She was appointed to the court in 1976 by Governor Patrick Lucey. She became first woman on Wisconsin's high court.

She was the only woman on the court from 1976 until 1993. Abrahamson was re-elected to the Supreme Court in 1979, 1989, 1999, and 2009. She became Chief Justice on August 1, 1996 and served until April 29, 2015.[1]

On May 30, 2018, Abrahamson announced she would not seek re-election to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2019.[2]

In August 2018, Abrahamson announced she was diagnosed with cancer.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Beck, Molly (November 10, 2015). "Shirley Abrahamson drops lawsuit to regain chief justice title". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  2. Shawn Johnson. "Longtime Wisconsin Justice Shirley Abrahamson Won't Seek Re-Election". Wisconsin Public Radio, May 30, 2018.
  3. Wisconsin Justice Shirley Abrahamson says she has cancer but plans to finish term in 2019