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Shirley Schlanger Abrahamson, state supreme court chief justice. Bar: Indiana 1956, New York 1961, Wisconsin 1962. Recipient Dwight D. Opperman award, American Judicature Society, 2004.


Abrahamson, Shirley Schlanger was born on December 17, 1933 in New York City. Daughter of Leo and Ceil (Sauerteig) Schlanger.


AB, New York University, 1953. Juris Doctor, Indiana University, 1956. Doctor of Juridical Science, University Wisconsin, 1962.


Assistant director Legislation Drafting Research Fund, Columbia University Law School, 1957-1960. Since practiced in Madison, Wisconsin, 1962-1976. Member firm LaFollette, Sinykin, Anderson & Abrahamson, 1962-1976.

Justice Wisconsin Supreme Court, Madison, 1976-1996, chief justice, since 1996. Board visitors Indiana University School Law, 1972-1902, University Miami School Law, 1982-1997, University Chicago Law School, 1988-1992, Brigham Young University, School Law, 1986-1988, Northwestern University Law School, 1989-1994. Chairman Wisconsin Rhodes Scholarship Committee, 1992-1995.

Chairman national advisory committee on court-adjudicated and court-ordered health care George Washington University Center Health Policy, Washington, 1993-1995. Member DNA advisory board Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Department Justice, 1995-2001. Board directors Institute Judicial Administration, Incorporated, New York York University School Law.

Chair National Institute Justice's Commission Future DNA Evidence, 1997-2001. Professor University Wisconsin School Law, 1966-1992. Vice president Conference of Chief Justices, since 2002.


Member study group program of research, mental health and the law John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 1988-1996. Member council fund for research on dispute resolution Ford Foundation, 1987-1991. Board directors Wisconsin Civil Liberties Union, 1968-1972.

Member court reform advisory panel International Human Rights Law Group Cambodia Project, 1995-1997. Member American Bar Association (council, section legal education and admissions to bar 1976-1986, member commission on undergraduate education in law and the humanities 1978-1979, standing committee on public education 1991-1995, member commission on access to justice/2000 1993-1902, member advisory board Central and East European law initiative 1994-1999, member consortium on legal services and the public 1995-2001, vice-chair American Bar Association Coalition for Justice 1997-2000), Wisconsin Bar Association, Dane County Bar Association, 7th Circuit Bar Association, National Association Women Judges, American Law Institute (member council since 1985), American Philosophical Society, American Academy Arts and Sciences.


Married Seymour Abrahamson, August 26, 1953. 1 son, Daniel Nathan.