In a contested race for Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, Jill Karofsky believes she has what no other candidates have: previous legal experience.

   “I’m going to bring three things to the Supreme Court: my experience, my Wisconsin values and my energy,” she said to audience members last week Saturday at the Green Lake Democrats & Friends meeting. “As far as my experience, I am the only person in this race who is or who has ever been a trial court judge. I’m in court every day. I’ve heard 1,700 cases last year ... I follow the rule of law ... If you’re in my courtroom, you know that you’re going to be treated fairly and respectfully and equal.”

   She also cited 27 years as a lawyer, serving as a former local and state prosecutor along with experiences as executive director of the Wisconsin Office of Crime Victim Services, general counsel for the National Conference of Bar Examiners and worked as an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

   However, Karofsky would not say the same for her competitors, noting incumbent Justice Dan Kelly was appointed to the Wisconsin State Supreme Court by then-Gov. Scott Walker in 2015 despite Kelly not having any experience as a judge.

   “Dan Kelly did not have any judicial experience, not one day on the bench; that didn’t matter to Scott Walker,” she said. “Scott Walker wanted to put a guy on the Supreme Court that he knew would carry the water of corporations ... They’re going to work really hard to keep them on the court.”

   Read the full story, including what attributes Karofsky believes a justice should have, in the Jan. 9, 2020 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.