Patience Drake Roggensack (b. July 7, 1940) is a Justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court and was elected in 2003. She was the first Court of Appeals judge elected to the Supreme Court and is the only Supreme Court Justice to have served on Wisconsin’s Intermediate appellate court.
Early Life and Education
Justice Roggensack was born in Joliet, Illinois. She received her bachelor’s degree from Drake University and earned her law degree from UW Law School. Justice Roggensack graduated in 1980 with honors.
Justice Roggensack worked as a research associate at several universities before earning her law degree. She also practiced law in Madison for 16 years.
Justice Roggensack was first elected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2003 and her current term expires July 31, 2013.She frequently gives guest lectures at the UW Law School, Marquette University Law School, and many state and national organizations.
Justice Roggensack was on the board of directors and was a member of the Madison YWCA, the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth, and Olbrich Botanical Gardens. She also was a the president of the Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association and the International Women’s Forum.
Committees and Memberships
- Commissioner on the Uniform Laws Commission
- Fellow ofthe American Bar Foundation
- Wisconsin Judicial Council
- Supreme Court Rules Procedure Committee
- Committee for Public Trust and Confidence in the Courts
- American Bar Association
- The State Bar of Wisconsin
- The Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association
- Other local bar associations
- International Women’s Forum
Previous Elected Positions
Justice Roggensack was elected to the Court of Appeals in 1996 and was re-elected in 2002.
Justice Roggensack is married and has three children.