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File #: 56154    Version: 1 Name: Declaring June 18, 2019 to be Justice Shirley Abrahamson Day in the City of Madison.
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 6/4/2019 In control: Council Office
On agenda: 6/11/2019 Final action: 6/11/2019
Enactment date: 6/14/2019 Enactment #: RES-19-00424
Title: Declaring June 18, 2019 to be Justice Shirley Abrahamson Day in the City of Madison.
Sponsors: Michael J. Tierney, Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Syed Abbas, Christian A. Albouras, Samba Baldeh, Shiva Bidar, Sheri Carter, Tag Evers, Grant Foster, Keith Furman, Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Patrick W. Heck, Zachary Henak, Rebecca Kemble, Lindsay Lemmer, Arvina Martin, Donna V. Moreland, Avra Reddy, Marsha A. Rummel, Paul E. Skidmore, Michael E. Verveer
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsWatch
6/11/20191 COMMON COUNCIL Adopt Under Suspension of Rules 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, and 2.25Pass Action details Meeting details Not available
6/4/20191 Council Office RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, & 2.25 - MISC. ITEMS  Action details Meeting details Not available
Fiscal Note
No fiscal impact.
Declaring June 18, 2019 to be Justice Shirley Abrahamson Day in the City of Madison.
WHEREAS, Justice Shirley Abrahamson was appointed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in August of 1976; and

WHEREAS, Justice Abrahamson was elected by the people of Wisconsin to a full term on the Supreme Court in 1979 and re-elected to the Supreme Court in 1989, 1999, and 2009; and

WHEREAS, Justice Abrahamson was the first woman to serve on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the first woman to serve as Chief Justice, a position she held for 19 years, and in 2013 she broke a 120-year-old record when she became the longest serving state Supreme Court Justice in the United States; and

WHEREAS, Honorable was not merely a title conferred on Justice Abrahamson by virtue of the position she has held, but one that was earned through her dedication, integrity, and steadfast commitment to the rule of law, the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of Wisconsin; and

WHEREAS, Justice Abrahamson championed equal justice for all Wisconsinites, no matter their race, gender, sexuality or income; and

WHEREAS, Justice Abrahamson’s majority opinions and her dissents could not be predicted based on partisan politics or the parties to a case, instead the people of Wisconsin could always rely on her opinions and dissents to be solidly rooted in the Constitution; and

WHEREAS, she was considered for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg celebrated her service by stating: “Among U.S. jurists, Shirley Abrahamson is the very best, the most courageous and sage, the least self-regarding. Her speeches and commentary inspire others to follow in her way. She never forgets the people law exists (or should exist) to serve.”; and

WHEREAS, with 535 majority or lead opinions, 493 dissents, and 43 years of service, Justice Abrahamson may be the single most influential woman in Wisconsin history; and


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