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New judges appointed in Walworth, Waupaca counties

Judge Kristine E. Drettwan
Judge Kristine E. Drettwan
Judge Keith A. Steckbauer
Judge Keith A. Steckbauer

Gov. Scott Walker announced the appointment of two new circuit court judges in January to replace retired judges in Waupaca and Walworth counties.

Kristine E. Drettwan was appointed to fill the Branch 3 bench opened by the retirement of Judge John R. Race, (see The Third Branch, fall 2013).

At the time of her appointment, Drettwan was serving as family court commissioner for Walworth County. A graduate of UW-Madison and the University of Minnesota School of Law, she has also served as a Walworth County judicial court commissioner, legal assistant for the Walworth County Circuit Court judges, and assistant district attorney for Douglas and Walworth counties.

"As a former prosecutor and a family court commissioner, Kristine Drettwan is incredibly prepared to handle the work of a circuit court judge," Walker said in a press release. "She is an active member of her community in Elkhorn, and I know she will serve the people of Walworth with diligence and a firm commitment to the rule of law."

Walker named Keith A. Steckbauer to fill the Waupaca County Circuit Court Branch 2 vacancy created by the retirement of Judge John P. Hoffmann (see Retirements).

"Keith Steckbauer understands the legal issues facing families and businesses in Waupaca County, and he will combine that experience with a commitment to the Constitution and rule of law," Walker said in the press release announcing the appointment. "I am confident he will serve the community well."

Steckbauer, a graduate of St. Norbert College and UW Law School, has worked in private practice and was the owner of the Steckbauer Law Firm in Dale. He recently completed a term as the president of the Waupaca County Bar Association.

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