Walker's Judges: Jennifer R. Dorow
"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: Jennifer R. Dorow
Appointed to: Waukesha County Circuit Court
Appointment date: December 2011; ran unopposed in 2012.
Law School – Regent University School of Law*
Undergrad – Marquette University; first attended Drake University
High School – Waukesha South
2010 - present - Huppertz & Dorow, partner
2004-2009 - Matthew H. Huppertz, associate attorney
State Bar of Wisconsin
Waukesha County Bar Association
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Justinian Lawyers Association
Legal experience as an advocate in criminal litigation, civil litigation, administrative proceedings: Served as Waukesha County assistant district attorney from March 2000 to July 2004. Worked as defense lawyer since September 2004.
Number of cases tried to verdict or judgment: Jury, 15-20; non-jury, 50-100; arbitration, 5-10; administrative bodies, 25-30.
Number of cases on appeal: 19, mostly as as research assistant for the lead attorney.
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:
Involvement in judicial, non-partisan, or partisan polictical campaign, committee, or organization:
"I hold strong conservative values that will guide me as a judge and ensure that all litigants are treated fairly under the law." -- Waukesha County Circuit Judge Jennifer R. Dorow
Why I want to be a judge – I want to be a judge at the trial court level for a number of reasons, not the least of which is to attain a career goal. I became intrigued with the role of judge and the third branch of government in law school. I have now practiced as a litigator for 15 years. I see first hand the importance of having judges who are knowledgeable, fair, predictable, and who honor their role in the third branch of government. I want to serve the citizens of Waukesha County in this capacity, and I will do it well, as I have the temperament, experience, intellect and dedication that is required.
Judicial philosophy – The words of Chief Justice John Roberts...sum up the proper role of a judge: "[j]udges are like umpires. Umpires don't make the rules; they apply them ...."
...in matters of statutory interpretation, a judge should first and foremost look to the text itself for the plain meaning of the statute. There is no need to examine the policy considerations behind a statute, especially in those circumstances where the constitutionality of the statute is at issue...a judge should not consider the wisdom, or lack thereof, of the policy considerations the legislature relied upon in enacting the statute. On the contrary, a judge should give deference to the legislative policy considerations so long as the policy makers have stayed within their limits as defined by the Wisconsin and U.S. Constitutions. In the words of Justice Antonin Scalia, a judge should interpret the text "reasonably, to contain all that it fairly means.”
From a letter to Gov. Walker - I hold strong conservative values that will guide me as a judge and ensure that all litigants are treated fairly under the law. I do not believe in legislating from the bench, and subscribe to the principle of judicial restraint.
Best Wisconsin or US Supreme Court decision -- Ozanne v. Fitzgerald
The decision in this case is rightly based on the doctrine of separation of powers, and serves as an excellent example on the limits of the judiciary. A judge should not impose her will on matters of legislative policy. In this case, the trial court did just that by blocking publication of the Governor's budget repair bill. The Wisconsin Supreme Court reversed the decision of the trial court, thereby allowing publication of the bill and the legislative process to continue.
Worst Wisconsin or US Supreme Court decision -- Lawrence v. Texas
...a prime example of judicial activisim at its worst. In Lawrence, a majority of the court went well beyond the four corners of the U.S. Constitution to declare a new constitutional right. The decision cites to the European Convention on Human Rights and an advisory committee to the British Parliament as legal justification for establishing the right to extramarital sexual acts – a right found no where in the text of the U.S. Constitution. This decision was then used by the Massachusetts Supreme Court as legal justification in mandating the issuance of same sex marriage licenses under the Massachusetts Constitution.
*Regent University was founded by televangelist Pat Robertson in 1977, first using the name Christian Broadcasting Network University, according to multiple sources. The university’s website states that “CBN University” began its law school in 1986, and changed to the name Regent University in 1990.
A "regent" is defined as one who represents a king in his absence. For Regent University, a regent is one who represents Christ, our Sovereign, in whatever sphere of life he or she may be called to serve Him.
According to the school's mission statement: Regent University serves as a center of Christian thought and action to provide excellent education through a biblical perspective and global context, equipping Christian leaders to change the world. These values permeate the law school. Our mission is to provide an excellent legal education from a Christian perspective, to nurture and encourage our students toward spiritual maturity, and to engage the world through Christian legal though and practice.
Regent School Song - Regent, Host of Faith and Learning
by John Ashcroft
Regent host of faith and reason
Framed in God's own law and grace.
As we meditate and study
He instructs us for life's race;
Vision of God's pure intention
Sacrifice to make it live.
Fellowship in His creation
God inspires our hearts to give.
As we turn our face toward heaven
God directs our hands to need.
When we keel to make petition
He endows so we can lead.
Integrating faith and learning
Spirit, body, mind for Thee
Regent working for the Kingdom
Now and for eternity
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