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Meet and Greet with Judge Ed Fallone

Ed Fallone is a constitutional scholar and is running for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. An expert in corporate and criminal law, his advice has been sought from a wide range of people, including Senator Herb Kohl in connection with the confirmation hearings of four United States Supreme Court Justices: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagen. He was asked by the Alliance for Justice and the Obama White House Administration to explain why the Senate’s obstruction of the Merrick Garland nomination violated the Constitution. Just like Justice Shirley Abrahamson, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Barack Obama, he is an academic–a law professor for the past ~30 years at Marquette University Law School. Ed has taught over 2,300 members of the Wisconsin Bar, including current and former judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys. Ed has been an advocate his entire life for immigrant rights, civil rights, human rights, women rights, reproductive rights, and LGBTQ rights—his entire career has been spent fighting for justice. The son of a Mexican immigrant and a high school educator who belonged to the teacher’s union, Ed knows what it’s like to come from a working-class family. He is a leader in the Latino community who started the Latino Community Center for at-risk youth in a previously high crime neighborhood of Milwaukee’s Southside, Centro Legal which provides affordable legal services, and has done extensive work with Catholic Charities for immigrants. The Wisconsin Supreme Court is currently one of 24 states with an all-White Supreme Court, it is compromised of five White women and two White men, there has not been a person of color to serve as justice in the past decade. Historically, there has only been one. When elected, Ed will be the first Latino on the Supreme Court and first person of color ever elected. Our courts do not reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the communities they serve. We believe our highest court should belong to all of the people and be accessible for everyone, not just some, and definitely not just people with political power and deep pockets. The primary election for Supreme Court Justice is Tuesday, February 18.
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