|25th Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court|
August 1, 1996 – April 29, 2015
|Preceded by||Roland B. Day|
|Succeeded by||Patience D. Roggensack|
|Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court|
August 1976 – August 1, 2019
|Appointed by||Patrick Lucey|
|Preceded by||Horace W. Wilkie|
|Succeeded by||Brian Hagedorn|
December 17, 1933
New York, New York, U.S.
|Died||December 19, 2020 (aged 87)|
Berkeley, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Pancreatic cancer|
|Spouse(s)||Seymour Abrahamson (m. 1953; died 2016)|
|Alma mater||New York University (A.B.)|
Indiana University (J.D.)
University of Wisconsin-Madison (LL.M., S.J.D.)
Shirley Schlanger Abrahamson (December 17, 1933 – December 19, 2020) was an American politician and lawyer. She was 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.
Career[change | change source]
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.
Retirement[change | change source]
On May 30, 2018, Abrahamson announced she would not seek re-election to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2019.
Death[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- Beck, Molly (November 10, 2015). "Shirley Abrahamson drops lawsuit to regain chief justice title". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
- Shawn Johnson. "Longtime Wisconsin Justice Shirley Abrahamson Won't Seek Re-Election Archived 2018-11-14 at the Wayback Machine". Wisconsin Public Radio, May 30, 2018.
- Wisconsin Justice Shirley Abrahamson says she has cancer but plans to finish term in 2019
- Marley, Patrick (December 20, 2020). "Shirley Abrahamson, longest-serving member of Wisconsin Supreme Court, dies at 87". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved December 20, 2020.