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Attorneys and judges rally behind Gwen Connolly in race for Circuit Court Judge

Milwaukee—Gwen Connolly today announced the endorsement of more than 160 additional attorneys and eleven more current and former judges in her race for Milwaukee County Circuit Court Branch 44, underlining her broad support in the legal community. Connolly previously announced the endorsement of more than a dozen circuit court and municipal judges, and many attorneys […]

By - Sep 8th, 2015 04:04 pm

Milwaukee—Gwen Connolly today announced the endorsement of more than 160 additional attorneys and eleven more current and former judges in her race for Milwaukee County Circuit Court Branch 44, underlining her broad support in the legal community. Connolly previously announced the endorsement of more than a dozen circuit court and municipal judges, and many attorneys working to serve the poor.

“Gwen Connolly is the right choice at the right time,” said Judge David Borowski. “She understands the law, the role of attorneys and judges, and commands the respect of her colleagues in the courtroom. She will be an excellent judge.”

“It is an honor to have the support of so many of my colleagues in legal profession, all of whom share my vision for a justice system that works for the citizens of Milwaukee County,” said Connolly, a well-known consumer advocate. “I have been practicing law for more than 20 years, and in that time I have gained a true understanding of the law and how it applies in the real world. I’m ready to get to work.”

“Gwen Connolly is an excellent lawyer and more than qualified to take on the role of a Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge,” said Attorney Eduardo Borda. “She advocates for citizens with wisdom and understanding, and as a judge, she would bring fairness, impartiality, and knowledge to the bench. She is the best choice and I am proud to support her. Gwen Connolly would make a superb judge.”

“I have worked with Gwen for years, and I have seen firsthand the passion and commitment that she brings to everything she does,” said Attorney Margaret Hickey. “She works diligently for her clients and with excellent ethics. I am sure she will bring the same level of dedication to the bench.”

“Gwen has a true commitment to her community both inside and outside the courtroom,” said Attorney Joseph Alioto. “Her desire to help others and her work to make Milwaukee County a better place has won her recognition from her colleagues, the State Bar, Legal Action, and the American Legion. She is the right person for the job, and I hope others will join me in supporting her.”

“Gwen Connolly is the best choice for Branch 44,” said Attorney Jackie Boynton. “She is fair, understands the law, and truly appreciates the Milwaukee community. She’s well-positioned to succeed in any courtroom and I’m proud to be supporting her.”

The following judges and attorneys today endorsed Gwen Connolly for Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge, Branch 44.

The Honorable David L. Borowski, Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge
The Honorable Jane V. Carroll, Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge
The Honorable Dennis Moroney, Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge
The Honorable Ralph Ramirez, Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge
The Honorable J.D. Watts, Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge
The Honorable Timothy Witkowiak, Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge
The Honorable Paul Christensen, Whitefish Bay Municipal Court Judge
The Honorable Donald Hassin, former Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge
The Honorable Joseph McCormack, former Ozaukee County Circuit Court
The Honorable Tom Wolfgram, former Ozaukee County Circuit Court Judge
The Honorable Willis Zick, former Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge

Daniel Adams
Tim Aiken
Beth Aldana
Joseph Alioto
Robert McMillan Arthur
Steven Bach
Emile Banks
Erica Baurecht
Barbara Becker
John Birdsall
Nels Bjorkquist
Ryan Blay
Eduardo Borda
Jackie Boynton
Christy Brooks
Barbara Burbach
Nathaniel Cade
Roland Cafaro
Mark Cameli
Colin Casper
John Caucutt
Katherine Charlton
Luke Chiarelli
Joseph Cinotta
Rebecca Coffee
Michael Cohen
James Collis
John Conley
Pamela Crawford
Patricia D’Angelo
Nathan DeLadurantey
Kevin Demet
Margadette Demet
Katherine Depies
Ann Devine
Kelly Dodd
Robert Dowling
Judith Drinka
Lori Eshleman
Christine Esser
Matthew Falk
James Finn
Michelle Fitzgerald
Mary Flanner
Alexander Flynn
Mary Fons
Andrew Frank
Martin Gagne
David Geraghty
Michael Gonring
Joseph Goode
Susan Gramling
Susan Grzeskowiak
Eamon Guerin
Robert Hagness
Phillip Halley
Ivan Hannibal
Rollie Hanson
David Hanus
April Hartman
Janet Heins
Gregg Herman
David Herring
Margaret Hickey
Gregory Hildebrand
Thomas Hofbauer
Michael Hopkins
Christopher Hueneke
Jeffrey Hynes
Ann Jacobs
James Jaskolski
Ronald Jaskolski
Thad Jelinske
Patrick Jennings
Todd Jex
Craig Johnson
DeVonna Joy
Jerome Kerkman
John Kirtley
Martin Kohler
Kseniji Kokanovic
Todd Korb
Rudolph Kuss
Susan LaCava
Catherine LaFleur
Lynn Laufenberg
Kim Lechner
Mary Leonard
Jeremy Levinson
Brenda Lewison
Kevin Lyons
Thomas Lyons
Gregory Mager
Neil Magner
Thomas Marola
Craig Mastantuono
Jeffrey Mawicke
Mary McCarthy
Jonathan McCollister
Laurie McLeRoy
Vincent Menga
Daniel Meylink
Robert Mihelich
Rebecca Millenbach
Paul Milokavich
Teri Nelson
Brent Nistler
Kenneth Nowakowski
Elizabeth Odian
Rebecca Oettinger
Alan Olson
M. Nocol Padway
Briane Pagel
Alexander Pendleton
Anna Pepelnjak
Tristan Pettit
Peggy Podell
Paul Poehlmann
David Potteiger
Jon Richards
Michael Roberts
Hugo Rojas
Sheila Romell
F. William Russo
Elizabeth Ruthmansdorfer
Mark Sanders
Jeff Santaga
Joseph Scherwenka
Andrew Schlidt
Andrew Schmidt
Pamela Schmidt
Jacob Schrinsky
James Scoptur
Paul Scoptur
Mark Shiller
Richard Sindic
Christopher Smith
Richard Smith
Michael Sosnay
Michael Sperling
Carlton Stansbury
Roberta Steiner
Erich Straub
Fred Tabak
Terry Teper
Karen Tidwall
Mark Tishberg
David Turiciano
Barbara Ulichny
Jay Urban
Michael Watton
Daniel Welytok
Jeralyn Wendelberger
Kathleen West
Christine Wolk
Kim Wynn
Michael Yamat
Karyn Youso
Bill Zellman

“I am humbled by the outpouring of support I have received since entering this race,” said Connolly. “I look forward to continuing to talk to voters, hearing their concerns about our current justice system, and earning support as I seek a seat on the Circuit Court.”

Gwen Connolly has practiced law for more than two decades in Wisconsin, and she is widely considered an expert in family law and consumer fraud. Connolly has worked to protect consumers against auto fraud, creditor harassment, and wrongful repossession, and has litigated hundreds of cases. She has consistently been named as a Super Lawyer of Wisconsin, received the Presidential Award of Excellence from the State Bar of Wisconsin, and has earned honors from the Association of Women Lawyers and the Wisconsin Law Journal. Connolly has also been honored for her pro bono work by both the State Bar of Wisconsin and Legal Action of Wisconsin, and received a Recognition of Service Award from the American Legion of Wisconsin. She currently serves as president of the Collaborative Foundation of Wisconsin and is the immediate past president of the Association of Women Lawyers Foundation. Connolly has given back to her community and works as a volunteer lawyer for Legal Action of Wisconsin, and has volunteered for the Hunger Task Force and the St. Vincent de Paul meal program. Gwen Connolly received her Juris Doctor from Drake University Law School, where she graduated with honors, and her Bachelor’s degree from Carleton College. She is married to Brent Bedwell, a federal Administrative Law Judge, and is the mother of three very active boys who attend public schools in Milwaukee.

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