The Third Branch
Supreme Court draws crowd in Green County
About 250 people turned out to watch oral arguments at the new Green County Justice Center when the Wisconsin Supreme Court made an historic visit there Nov. 5. Following tradition, the Court opened its visit with a welcome ceremony that included state legislators, county board supervisors and other local elected officials and community leaders.
The Court also presented awards to three local fifth graders who participated in the Supreme Court Essay Contest. The contest has been run since 1995, and proves to be a highlight of each of the Court's trips. The top three essayists received plaques signed by all seven justices, and the first-place winner read her essay aloud for the Court and audience. This year, the first-place winner was Allison Brennan of St. Victor School in Monroe; second place, Henry Schluesche of St. Victor School; third place, Bryce Shimko of Albrecht Elementary School.
The justices also attended a luncheon at Turner Hall hosted by the Green County Bar Association and addressed a large gathering at the Behring Senior Center.
This was the Supreme Court's 23rd trip as part of Justice on Wheels, which was launched in 1993 to help improve public understanding of the Supreme Court. Each term, a different location is selected.
Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson, center, addresses the audience gathered to hear oral argument during the Supreme Court's Justice on Wheels visit to Monroe in Green County on Nov. 5. Also pictured, from left to right, are justices Annette Kingsland Ziegler, David T. Prosser, Ann Walsh Bradley, N. Patrick Crooks, Patience Drake Roggensack and Michael J. Gableman. The visit marked the Court’s 23rd Justice on Wheels trip since 1993.