7.27.2005

Who is WI Supreme Court Candidate Linda Clifford?

Besides the incumbent, Patrick Crooks, Wisconsin's Own Souter, Linda Clifford of Madison is the only announced candidate in next year's State Supreme Court race. I don't believe the 40-year precedent of incumbent wins applies this time around. Sykes is on the warpath. WMC is running ads. People are actually going to be paying attention. Clifford's bio page from her law firm Godfrey and Kahn:

Linda M. Clifford is a shareholder in the Madison office and a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. Her practice includes civil and administrative litigation and appeals involving energy, telecommunications, media, and municipal and state government issues. She regularly represents the Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group, Inc., before the Public Service Commission on energy regulatory matters. She also has an extensive appellate practice and handles immigration matters for the firm’s clients. On a pro bono basis, she has attained asylum for refugees from Iraq, Ethiopia, and Kazakhstan persecuted on account of their ethnic, political and religious affiliation.

Before joining the firm, Linda served from 1974 to 1977 as an Assistant Attorney General in the Wisconsin Department of Justice where she enforced Wisconsin environmental protection laws and litigated constitutional and state and local government issues.

Among her many bar and community service activities, Linda served the Dane County Bar Association as its president in 1993-94 and was a member of the Office of Lawyer Regulation District #9 Investigative Committee for nine years. She recently was appointed by the Governor of Wisconsin to serve on the State Historical Society Board of Curators.

Linda graduated in 1974 from the University of Wisconsin Law School where she was a member of the board of editors of the Wisconsin Law Review. She is a trustee of Beloit College, from which she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1970.
In addition:
- She's represented the ACLU in a recent case involving Iraq
- She was one of Doyle's top 9 finalists for replacing Justice Sykes on the WI Supreme Court
- She is considered a "political liberal," but gave money to Crooks' '96 campaign effort
- She's an old friend of Doyle's who hosted a fundraiser for him with her husband
- She gave a total of $5113 to Doyle's '02 election effort
- She plays harpsichord