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William E. Hanrahan to be sworn in as circuit judge

Madison, Wisconsin - February 6, 2007

William E. Hanrahan The investiture of William E. Hanrahan as a Dane County Circuit Court judge will take place on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 3:30 p.m. in courtroom 1A of the Dane County Courthouse.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Louis B. Butler Jr. will administer the oath of office. Dane County District Attorney Brian Blanchard and Attorney Kenneth Munson, president of the Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin, have been invited to speak.

An appointee of Gov. Jim Doyle, Hanrahan succeeds Judge Moria Krueger, who retired after 29 years on the bench. Hanrahan comes from the Department of Justice, where he served in several capacities. Most recently, he was an assistant attorney general leading a specialized unit that is responsible for the prosecution of white-collar fraud and crimes involving residents of healthcare facilities. Hanrahan also headed the state’s first elder abuse prosecution unit and directed numerous high profile criminal matters such as the investigation into the bribery scandal involving former Winnebago County District Attorney Joseph Paulus and the successful prosecution of an individual and his itinerant magazine-sales corporation for multiple homicides resulting from the crash of a company van filled with teenage workers near Janesville. Before he joined the Department of Justice, Hanrahan was an assistant district attorney in Milwaukee.

Prior to his legal career, Hanrahan led several social justice efforts including an inner-city emergency food and clothing program in Milwaukee.

Hanrahan recently was selected for the Leader in the Law Award of the Wisconsin Law Journal. He is also a recipient of the Stellman Justice for Women Award. He lives in Middleton with his wife, Anne LeGare and his three children, Katie, 8; Daniel, 10; and Joseph, 12.

For more information contact:
Amanda Todd
Court Information Officer
(608) 264-6256

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