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April 18, 2013

Wis. Supreme Court chief justice to keynote UO Law commencement

Shirley S. Abrahamson is longest serving member of Wisconsin Supreme Court

The University of Oregon School of Law is proud to announce that Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court will address the Oregon Law community as the 2013 Commencement speaker on Saturday, May 18, at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene. 

Chief Justice Abrahamson, who – when she was appointed in 1976 – was the only woman on the court, is now the longest serving member of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. She received her law degree from Indiana University Law School in 1956 and proceeded to obtain a doctorate of law in American legal history from University of Wisconsin Law School in 1962. Prior to serving on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Chief Justice Abrahamson worked in private practice for 14 years and taught as a professor at University of Wisconsin Law School.

In 1976, Governor Patrick Lucey appointed Chief Justice Abrahamson to a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. She has served as chief justice since August 1, 1996. She is past president of the National Conference of Chief Justices and past chair of the board of directors of the National Center for State Courts. Chief Justice Abrahamson also served as chair of the National Institute of Justice's National Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence. Chief Justice Abrahamson is the recipient of many honors and awards. Most recently, in 2010, she was awarded the John Marshall Award by the American Bar Association.

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