"Walker's judges" is our effort to present information about Gov. Walker's appointees to the bench. The information is taken from the appointees' own judgeship applications.
Name: Jeffrey S. Froehlich
Appointed to: Calumet County Circuit Judge
Appointment date: September 2011; elected in 2012.
Law School – University of Wisconsin Law School
Undergrad – UW - Stevens Point
High School – Fox Valley Lutheran High School
2001- present – Assistant District Attorney, Calumet County
Wisconsin State Bar
Calumet County Bar Association
Previous political involvement: Endorsed Michael J. Gableman for Supreme Court justice.
Legal experience as an advocate in criminal litigation, civil litigation, administrative proceedings: About 13 1/2 years as assistant district attorney, handling juvenile, traffic, forfeiture, misdemeanors, felonies and civil cases; drafting complaints, arguing motions and trying cases.
Number of cases tried to verdict or judgment: Jury: 75-100; non-jury, 200
Number of cases on appeal: 15
Professional or civic organizations, volunteer activities, service in a church or synagogue, or any other activities or hobbies that could be relevant or helpful to consideration of the application:
Describe any pro bono legal work you have done including dates - None listed
List and describe the two most significant cases in which you were involved -- None listed
"An independent judiciary is a great asset to a free and democratic society where individual freedoms are protected by the constitution. However, no court should afford itself such an expanded role as to outweigh the majority view." -- Calumet County Circuit Judge Jeffrey S. Froehlich
Why I want to be a judge – Unfortunately, over the last eighteen months the losses of experience and leadership have been significant....The Calumet County District Attorney's Office has also undergone significant change with the resignation of Ken Kratz last fall. After six months, the appointed District Attorney has yet to try a case in Calumet County and appears to be struggling in her new role....My career goal had been to head the Calumet County District Attorney's Office. When I applied for the position last fall, I had the overwhelming support of officers from every law enforcement agency in the county. Despite my thirteen years of experience as a prosecutor, with nine of those in Calumet County, Governor Doyle appointed a much less experienced candidate....The steady erosion of experience and leadership in Calumet County must end. As a circuit court judge, I believe I would be able to provide the needed stability and continuity to the Calumet County justice system.
Best or Worst Wisconsin or US Supreme Court decision -- State v. Klessig, holding that courts must make sure that drunk driving defendants understand what they are doing when they waive their right to counsel.
Attempting to designate any one case the worst Supreme Court opinion in the last thirty years is a difficult task. However, judicial activism is a common element that contributes to a poor decision. Judicial activism compromises the integrity of any opinion. Whether that activism takes the form of overturning laws as unconstitutional, overturning judicial precedent, or ruling against a preferred interpretation of the constitution, this philosophy usurps the power of the elected branches of government and can be considered nothing more than "legislating from the bench".
An independent judiciary is a great asset to a free and democratic society where individual freedoms are protected by the constitution. However, no court should afford itself such an expanded role as to outweigh the majority view.
Gretchen Schuldt is executive director of the Wisconsin Justice Initiative.
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