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Hon. Lynn Adelman

Hon. Lynn Adelman

United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
District Judge
Milwaukee, WI, USA


Lynn Adelman is a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.  He was appointed in 1997 by President Clinton.  Before becoming a judge, he practiced law in New York City where he was an attorney for the Criminal Courts Division of the Legal Aid Society and in Milwaukee.  As a lawyer, he handled many constitutional cases including Wisconsin v. Mitchell, in which he argued in the Supreme Court that hate crime penalty enhancers violated the First Amendment.  He also argued a number of cases in the Wisconsin Supreme Court including cases involving the governor’s line item veto power, a criminal defendant’s right to bail and the right to counsel of indigent parents facing termination of their parental rights.  Judge Adelman also served as a Wisconsin state senator for twenty years where he chaired the senate judiciary committee.  As a judge, he has authored many opinions on federal sentencing and has also published articles on a number of subjects including sentencing, federal habeas corpus, Justice Thurgood Marshall and extremist speech on the internet.  He is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University Law School.

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