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Hon. Diane S. Sykes

U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Judge Sykes was nominated to the Seventh Circuit by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate in 2004. Prior to her appointment to the federal bench, Judge Sykes served as a justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Governor Tommy G. Thompson appointed her in September 1999 to fill a mid-term vacancy on the state supreme court, and she was elected to a full ten-year term in April 2000. From 1992-1999, Judge Sykes served on the state trial bench in Milwaukee County (elected in 1992 and re-elected in 1998). From 1985-1992, Judge Sykes practiced law with the Milwaukee firm of Whyte & Hirschboeck, S.C., and from 1984-1985, was a law clerk to Federal Judge Terence T. Evans.

Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, Judge Sykes earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University in 1980 and a law degree from Marquette University Law School in 1984. Between college and law school, Judge Sykes worked as a reporter for The Milwaukee Journal.

Judge Sykes has two sons.


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Publications and Multimedia
Sexual Assault on Campus - Event Video
2014 National Lawyers Convention
November 17, 2014
An Interview with Justice Clarence Thomas - Event Audio/Video
2013 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2013
The Death of Jurisprudence? - Event Audio/Video
Indianapolis Lawyers Chapter
January 07, 2013
Federalism and Federal Power - Event Audio/Video
2012 National Lawyers Convention
November 19, 2012
Too Big to Fail - Event Audio/Video
2011 National Lawyers Convention
November 10, 2011
Economic Uncertainty and the Role of the Courts - Event Audio/Video
2011 Annual Student Symposium
February 26, 2011
Ideas for Structural Change - Event Audio/Video
2010 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2010
Address by Judge Diane Sykes - Event Audio/Video
Madison Lawyers Chapter
July 27, 2010
Judicial Selection: Federal and State - Audio/Video
2008 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2008
The Role of Religion in Public Debate - Event Audio/Video
2007 National Lawyers Convention
November 15, 2007