1996 – Shirley Abrahamson Becomes Supreme Court Chief Justice

On this date became the first woman to be named Supreme Court Chief Justice in Wisconsin. Abrahamson was appointed by in 1976. At that time, she was the only woman to serve on the Court. Before joining the Supreme Court, Abrahamson was in private practice in Madison for 14 years and taught at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She holds a doctorate of law in American legal history from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Abrahamson is the recipient of 14 honorary doctor of laws degrees and the Distinguished Alumni Award of the UW Law School. [Source: ]