Jennifer Dorow Sworn in as Waukesha County's Newest Judge

Hundreds attend the investiture of appointed judge.

In emotional ceremony in front of hundreds of friends, family and local political leaders, Jennifer Dorow became the 18th judge to preside in the

Dorow, a local defense attorney who previously worked as an assistant district attorney in the Waukesha County district attorney’s office, told the community she would not have sought the appointment from Gov. Scott Walker without prayer.

“I am thankful that through the years, many of you in this room have prayed for me diligently. Please, continue to do so,” Dorow said. “I am reminded of a verse from Micah, ‘He has shown you, oh man, what is good. What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.’”

Dorow was sworn in by Wisconsin Supreme Court Justic Annette Ziegler. Also present at the ceremony were many judges from different levels in the court system, including Mark Gundrum, who was recently appointed to the Court of Appeals by Walker. Dorow is replacing the seat that was left vacant by Gundrum’s move.

Past and future colleagues of Dorow praised the new judge for her work.

“She understand people, she understands law and she is able to merge those two,” said Judge Michael Bohren.

Former Waukesha County District Attorney Paul Bucher, now also a private practice lawyer, said he first was impressed by Dorow when they were putting up political signs. He told the crowd his thoughts about her at that point: “She is sharp. She is going someplace.”

The next time he saw Dorow, she was in front of him interviewing for the assistant district attorney position in his office. She received the job and stayed in his office for four years before moving on to private practice.

“There was something about her at that time,” Bucher said. “… She definitely had it. … I knew I had made the right decision.”

While her private practice law partner, Matthew Huppertz, had plenty of jokes and kept the crowd laughing as he spoke about Dorow’s early years as a lawyer, he shared what made her who she is. He called the new judge caring and compassionate.

“Jennifer has one of the biggest hearts of any individual that I have ever known,” Huppertz said.

Scott L February 03, 2012 at 01:53 AM
I would have to agree with Steve and Nate in that your statement, "I guess we'll have to wait and see whether she's more interested in justice or in advancing her position," clearly evinces a critical and disrespectful opinion of our new judge. Alleging in your follow up comment that you said nothing against her is ridiculous! Your original comment is your judgment of Judge Dorow based upon completely unrelated bias to what just may soon be our former Governor. Perhaps, when you don't know someone, it may be best to consider what you are about to publish to the entire world on the internet. *For the record, once the term is up that she was [a]ppointed to serve, she will have to be re-elected in order to continue her tenure as Waukesha County Circuit Court Branch II Judge. I am certain she can and will discharge her duty with dignity, professionalism, and humility that only a God fearing person experiences. CONGRATULATIONS YOUR HONOR!
marybeth mack February 04, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I used to like Scott Walker...A LOT!! When he became Milwaukee County Exec. I was thrilled because he seemed like he would be a great listener of the people with his new "brown bag" policy. I couldn't have been more wrong and I admit that. I feel completely betrayed by him, a person I once trusted! He has completely lost my respect and my trust and by association, I am very wary of the people around him, particularly in light of the John Doe going on right now. I would not want to be endorsed, appointed or otherwise associated with him and I have to wonder why anyone would. So pardon my skepticism. I hope the honorable Dorow will be a very good, non-partisan judge making her decisions in the interest of justice. We'll have to wait and see, won't we?
Scott L February 04, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Hi marybeth mack: I share the same feelings as you in regards to Walker. As for the new judge's appointment, she really has to part of being appointed by Walker. The law requires that the Governor appoint a new judge to any vacancy that arises in the courts of Wisconsin. Fortunately he chose a good one ;-), and I understand your skepticism, but I truly know she is the right candidate for the position. Time will tell and you too will see. BTW: Sure could use some support in this cause: http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-one-week-unemployment-waiting-period
William Graham February 05, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Bravo, Scott! Make the judgement on Judge Dorow's merits and performance. If not to your liking, then don't vote for her at election time!!!


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