Court of Appeals

Former judges

Judge Edward R. BrunnerJudge Edward R. Brunner

District III (2007-2011)

Edward Brunner and his wife of 38 years, Linda, moved to Rice Lake in June of 1977. They have two children: Jason of Rice Lake, and Alexis of Dryden, New York. Ed graduated with a B.A. degree from Marquette University in 1970 and with a J.D. degree from the University of Akron School of Law in 1974. Ed also received his E.M.T. responder training from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) in 1995.

Brunner has been a developer and facilitator of Restorative Justice Projects, first in Barron County, and then statewide since 1998. He served on the Balanced and Restorative Justice National Judicial Advisory Committee. He has lectured both statewide and nationally on Restorative Justice. In May 2006, the Bench and Bar Committee of the State Bar of Wisconsin named Judge Brunner the recipient of the 2005 Lifetime Jurist Achievement Award for his innovative and progressive leadership in the community, bench and bar. It is awarded to a jurist who "made a difference" during a long tenure as Judge. This award is given to one Wisconsin Judge each year. On November 16, 2006, at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., Judge Brunner was awarded the 2006 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, one of the most prestigious judicial honors in the country, awarded to one judge annually. He was only the 11th jurist to receive this award and the first Wisconsin Judge ever to receive it.

Judge Brunner over his career helped develop and initiate many innovative programs for Barron County:

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