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Janine P. Geske (1949- )

Janine P. Geske

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice (1993-1998)

Janine P. Geske was born May 12, 1949, in Port Washington, Wisconsin, and raised in Cedarburg. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Beloit College in 1971 and her law degree from Marquette University School of Law in 1975.

Geske became the chief staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee, where she worked until 1979. She was an assistant professor at Marquette University Law School from 1978 to 1981 and was the director of the Marquette University Law School's Clinic for the Elderly, which she founded. Beginning in 1981, Geske served in the Milwaukee County circuit court for 12 years, until she was appointed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court by Governor Tommy G. Thompson in 1993. She won election in 1994.

Geske is on the faculty of the National Judicial College, is a fellow in the American Bar Association, a member of the American Law Institute and Dean of the Wisconsin Judicial College. She is a member of the Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution and the National Association of Women Judges. She received both the Marquette University Law School Alumnae award and the Alumna of the Year award for Marquette University.

In February 1998, Geske announced her resignation from the Supreme Court effective in September 1998. She is leaving the bench to start her own alternative dispute resolution practice, to teach and to become more involved in the community.

Geske is married to Michael J. Hogan and has three children: Mia, Sarah and Kevin.

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