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Judge John R. Storck elected 'chief of the chiefs'

Madison, Wisconsin - August 13, 2010

Judge John R. StorckWisconsin's Committee of Chief Judges today elected Chief Judge John R. Storck, Dodge County Circuit Court, as “chief of the chiefs.” In this capacity, Storck serves as chair of the group of 10 chief judges, each of whom is selected by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to help oversee a judicial administrative district.

“I’m honored to have been selected by my colleagues to lead this committee, which plays a key role in keeping Wisconsin courts running smoothly,” Storck said. “We’ll continue to work toward making our courts more efficient and effective, given the resources available,” Storck said.

Storck is presiding judge in Dodge County and has served on the bench there since first being appointed in 1994. He was elected in 1995 and re-elected in 2001 and 2007. He also serves as chief judge of the Sixth Judicial Administrative District, which encompasses Adams, Clark, Columbia, Dodge, Green Lake, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waushara and Wood counties.

Storck is widely recognized for his efforts to help educate the public and fellow judges about the courts and judicial procedure. He serves as associate dean of the Wisconsin Judicial College, where he has taught classes on a variety of topics, including juvenile law, evidence and sentencing. During each of the last 15 years, he has held a mock trial or other activity in Dodge County to help students better understand court system.

In Dodge County, Storck has helped pilot a program that uses digital audio recording equipment to produce a court record when the court reporter is not available.

Before serving as judge, Storck was in private practice from 1979 to 1994. He holds a B.A. from UW-Madison and a law degree from Harvard Law School. He replaces as chair Chief Judge J. Mac Davis, Waukesha County Circuit Court, who completed his one-year term in that role. Davis continues to serve on the committee and as chief judge of the Third Judicial Administrative District.

Working as a team with a deputy chief judge and a professional court administrator, chief judges manage the flow of cases, supervise personnel, develop budgets, and meet monthly as a committee to work on issues of statewide importance.

Tom Sheehan
Court Information Officer
(608) 261-6640

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