United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
(E.D. Wis.)
LocationFederal Building
More locations
Appeals toSeventh Circuit
EstablishedJune 30, 1870
Chief JudgePamela Pepper
Officers of the court
U.S. AttorneyGregory Haanstad
U.S. MarshalAnna M. Ruzinski

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin (in case citations, E.D. Wis.) is a federal trial court of limited jurisdiction. The court is under the auspices of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, although patent claims and claims against the federal government under the Tucker Act are appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The Eastern District was established on June 30, 1870.[1]

The district's headquarters, central courthouse, and the majority of its offices are located in Milwaukee, but the northern counties of the district are serviced by a courthouse in Green Bay. Currently, Pamela Pepper is the district's chief judge. As of September 20, 2022, the United States attorney for the district is Gregory Haanstad.[2]

Organization of the court

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin is one of two federal judicial districts in Wisconsin.[3] Court for the Eastern District is held at Green Bay and Milwaukee.

Green Bay Division comprises the following counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, and Winnebago.

Milwaukee Division comprises the following counties: Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Kenosha, Marquette, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha.

Current judges

As of September 10, 2020:

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
21 Chief Judge Pamela Pepper Milwaukee 1964 2014–present 2019–present Obama
16 District Judge Joseph Peter Stadtmueller Milwaukee 1942 1987–present 1995–2002 Reagan
19 District Judge Lynn Adelman Milwaukee 1939 1997–present Clinton
22 District Judge Brett H. Ludwig Milwaukee 1969 2020–present Trump
23 District Judge vacant
20 Senior Judge William C. Griesbach Green Bay 1954 2002–2019 2012–2019 2019–present G.W. Bush

Vacancies and pending nominations

Seat Prior judge's duty station Seat last held by Vacancy reason Date of vacancy Nominee Date of nomination
5 Green Bay William C. Griesbach Senior status December 31, 2019

Former judges

# Judge State Born–died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Andrew G. Miller WI 1801–1874 1870–1873[Note 1] Polk/Operation of law retirement
2 James Henry Howe WI 1827–1893 1873–1875 Grant resignation
3 Charles E. Dyer WI 1834–1905 1875–1888 Grant resignation
4 James Graham Jenkins WI 1834–1921 1888–1893 Cleveland elevation to 7th Cir.
5 William Henry Seaman WI 1842–1915 1893–1905 Cleveland elevation to 7th Cir.
6 Joseph V. Quarles WI 1843–1911 1905–1911 T. Roosevelt death
7 Ferdinand August Geiger WI 1867–1939 1912–1939 Taft retirement
8 F. Ryan Duffy WI 1888–1979 1939–1949 F. Roosevelt elevation to 7th Cir.
9 Robert Emmet Tehan WI 1905–1975 1949–1971 1954–1971 1971–1975 Truman death
10 Kenneth Philip Grubb WI 1895–1976 1955–1965 Eisenhower retirement
11 John W. Reynolds Jr. WI 1921–2002 1965–1986 1971–1986 1986–2002 L. Johnson death
12 Myron L. Gordon WI 1918–2009 1967–1983 1983–2009 L. Johnson death
13 Robert W. Warren WI 1925–1998 1974–1991 1986–1991 1991–1998 Ford[Note 2] death
14 Terence T. Evans WI 1940–2011 1979–1995 1991–1995 Carter elevation to 7th Cir.
15 Thomas John Curran WI 1924–2012 1983–1997 1997–2012 Reagan death
17 Rudolph T. Randa WI 1940–2016 1992–2016 2002–2009 2016 G.H.W. Bush death
18 Charles N. Clevert Jr. WI 1947–present 1996–2012 2009–2012 2012–2017 Clinton retirement
  1. ^ Reassigned from the District of Wisconsin.
  2. ^ Warren was nominated by President Nixon but was appointed to the Court by (i.e., received his commission from) President Ford.

Chief judges

Chief judges have administrative responsibilities with respect to their district court. Unlike the Supreme Court, where one justice is specifically nominated to be chief, the office of chief judge rotates among the district court judges. To be chief, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as chief judge.

A vacancy is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The chief judge serves for a term of seven years, or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position.

When the office was created in 1948, the chief judge was the longest-serving judge who had not elected to retire, on what has since 1958 been known as senior status, or declined to serve as chief judge. After August 6, 1959, judges could not become or remain chief after turning 70 years old. The current rules have been in operation since October 1, 1982.

Succession of seats

See also


  1. ^ U.S. District Courts of Wisconsin, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ "U.S. Attorney". www.justice.gov. 2022-09-20. Retrieved 2022-09-20.
  3. ^ 28 U.S.C. § 130

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