Council Emeritus
Life Member

The Hon. Shirley S. Abrahamson

Madison, WI
Wisconsin Supreme Court
Education
New York University
Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington

Shirley S. Abrahamson has served on the Wisconsin Supreme Court since 1976, and has been Chief Justice since 1996. Before her appointment to the bench, she was a partner in a Madison law firm for fourteen years and a professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Chief Justice Abrahamson was elected to the ALI in 1977 and was elected to the Council in 1985. She took Emeritus status in 2012. She was previously an Adviser on the Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution project and the Restatement Third, Property: Wills and Other Donative Transfers project. 

She is a past president of the National Conference of Chief Justices and past chair of the board of directors of the National Center for State Courts. She also has served as chair of the National Institute of Justice 's National Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence.

Chief Justice Abrahamson is a member of the New York University School of Law Institute of Judicial Administration. She also has served on the State Bar of Wisconsin 's Commission on the Delivery of Legal Services, the American Bar Association 's Coalition for Justice, and the National Academies ' Science, Technology and Law panel.

EDUCATION: New York University, B.A.; Indiana University Law School, J.D.; University of Wisconsin Law School, S.J.D.  

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Areas of Expertise
American Indian Law
Election (Political Law)