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Thomas E. Fairchild
December 25, 1912 - February 12, 2007
Judge Fairchild was elected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 1956 and served from January 1957 to August 1966. Although reelected in 1966, he did not serve a second term because on August 11, 1966, President Johnson appointed Judge Fairchild circuit judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He began service on August 24, 1966, and served as chief judge from February 7, 1975, to July 1, 1981. Judge Fairchild took senior status on August 31, 1981, and until his death, served as a senior circuit judge for the Seventh Circuit and, by designation, for eight other federal circuit courts.
Judge Fairchild attended Deep Springs College and Princeton University and received an A.B. degree from Cornell University in 1934. Graduating from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1937, he received his LL.B. after completing office practice in 1938. He served as Attorney General of Wisconsin, 1948-1951, and United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, 1951-1952. He also acted as chairman of the Governor's Commission on Constitutional Revision, 1960-1965, served on the Judicial Conference Committee on Administration of the Probation System, 1969-1972 and was a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States, 1975-1981. Judge Fairchild received honorary degrees from the University of Wisconsin, St. Norbert's College, Carthage College and the John Marshall Law School.
Judge Fairchild was a member of the American Bar Association; the state bar associations of Wisconsin and Illinois (honorary); the Federal and Seventh Circuit Bar Associations; the Milwaukee, Chicago, and Dane County Bar Associations; the James E. Doyle Inn of Court (honorary); the American Judicature Society; the Institute of Judicial Administration; and the American Law Institute, where he served on its council. Judge Fairchild also regularly and enthusiastically attended the annual meeting of the Tri-County Bar Association.
Judge Fairchild and his wife, Eleanor (also deceased), had four children: Edward T. Fairchild, Susan Fairchild Chase, Jennifer Fairchild Lord and Andrew D. Fairchild; eight grandchildren: Elliot T. Fairchild, Justin M. Fairchild, Laura K. Chase, Thomas E. Chase, Mitchell F. Watson, Robyn L. Fairchild, Ned A. Fairchild and Emily A. Fairchild; and four great-grandchildren: Zachary S. Watson, Andrew Watson, Kaylin Watson and Nicole Watson.
Thomas E. Fairchild Lecture
The Thomas E. Fairchild Lectureship was established in 1988 at the University of Wisconsin Law School as a tribute to Judge Fairchild. Judge Fairchild, a 1937 UW Law School graduate, was Wisconsin Attorney General, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, circuit judge, justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and then later chief judge and ultimately senior circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit until his death on February 12, 2007. For 50 years, Judge Fairchild demonstrated both a scholarly regard for those principles of law that generations have molded into the American definition of justice and equality and a remarkable sensitivity to the ever-changing human conditions that make the search for justice and equality an ongoing one.
Initiated by Judge Fairchild’s former law clerks, the lectureship brings to the University of Wisconsin Law School a distinguished member of the legal profession — from the bench, bar, or academia — to speak on a topic of importance to the profession.
2014 Fairchild Lecture
Protecting the Fourth Amendment
So We Do Not Sacrifice Freedom for Security
Collins T. Fitzpatrick
Friday, April 25, 2014
Godfrey & Kahn Hall, Room 2260
University of Wisconsin Law School
975 Bascom Mall, Madison, Wisconsin
Reception immediately following
For more information:
Contact Lynn Thompson at LFThomp1@wisc.edu or (608) 262-4915
2014 Fairchild Lecturer
Collins T. Fitzpatrick
Collins Fitzpatrick has been the circuit executive for the Seventh Circuit since 1976. In 1974 and 1975, he served as the senior staff attorney, after serving as a law clerk to Circuit Judge Roger Kiley and Chief Judge Luther Swygert of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 1971 through 1974. Upon graduating from law school in 1969, he received a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania and Howard University Law Schools to provide legal services for the poor with the Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation.
Fitzpatrick is a member of the American Bar Association and is active with the Seventh Circuit Bar Association, Chicago Inn of Court, and the Chicago Bar Association. He is a volunteer arbitrator on large commercial cases for the American Arbitration Association and the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution. He is a contributing author to the Attorneys' Guide to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and a contributing author and editor of the Practitioner's Handbook for Appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Fitzpatrick is a frequent speaker to law school and bar association groups on a wide range of legal topics. He has been invited to speak to and consul with the justices and staff of the Supreme Arbitrazh Court of the Russian Federation, the Federal Court of Australia, the Laotian Judiciary, law professors and justices of the Supreme People's Court of China, and judges and prosecutors throughout Turkey. Fitzpatrick is a frequent host to international lawyers and judges visiting Chicago and has hosted six Open World delegations from Russia, Serbia, and Turkey. The United States Department of State has designated him a Fulbright-Specialist.
Fitzpatrick earned the following degrees: AB, Marquette University, 1966; JD, Harvard University, 1969; MA, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1971; Certified Fellow, Institute for Court Management, 1975. He attended the Senior Managers in Government Program at Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 1984.
Fitzpatrick and his wife, Mary, have four sons, three daughters-in-law and eight grandchildren. He enjoys doing volunteer work, playing basketball and hockey, competing in triathlons and long distance races, and traveling the world. He is a trustee of the Evans Scholars Foundation, a director of the Western Golf Association, and a member of the National Council of Valparaiso University Law School.
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Previous Fairchild Lectures
|1988||A Judge's Use of History|
Justice John Paul Stevens
|1989 Wisconsin Law Review 223|
|1989||The Development of Legal Doctrine Through Amicus Participation: |
The SEC Experience
Dean David S. Ruder
|1989 Wisconsin Law Review 1167|
1990||The Court of Appeals and the Future of the Federal Judiciary|
The Honorable Kenneth W. Starr
|1991 Wisconsin Law Review 1|
|1991||The Judicial Function and the Elusive Goal of Principled Decision Making|
The Honorable Harry T. Edwards
|1991 Wisconsin Law Review 837|
1993||Appellate Justice: Fairness or Formulas|
The Honorable Mary Schroeder
|1994 Wisconsin Law Review 9|
|1994||Refreshing Institutional Memories: |
Wisconsin and the American Law Institute
Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson
|1995 Wisconsin Law Review 1|
|1995||The Life of the Law: |
Principles of Logic and Experience from the United States
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
|1996 Wisconsin Law Review 1|
|1996||The Shelf Life of Justice Hugo L. Black|
John P. Frank, Esq.
|1997 Wisconsin Law Review 1|
1997||Moment of Truth for the Legal Profession|
Sol M. Linowitz, Esq.
|1997 Wisconsin Law Review 1211|
1998||The Future of the Independent Counsel Statute|
The Honorable Lawrence Walsh
|1998 Wisconsin Law Review 1379|
1999||Old and In the Way: |
The Demographic Transformation of the Legal Profession and Its Implications for the Delivery of Legal Services
Professor Marc Galanter
|1999 Wisconsin Law Review 6|
2000||Will the Death Penalty Remain Alive in the Twenty-First Century?|
Mr. Stephen B. Bright, Esq.
|2001 Wisconsin Law Review 1|
2001||The Market for Data: |
The Changing Role of Social Sciences in Shaping the Law
Professor Elizabeth Warren
|2002 Wisconsin Law Review 1
2002||Revitalization of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin in the |
Mid 20th Century
The Honorable Patrick Lucey,
The Honorable Gaylord Nelson,
Mrs. Ellen Proxmire,
Mr. Alexander Shashko
|2003 Wisconsin Law Review 1|
2003||The Role of District Courts|
The Honorable Reena Raggi
|2004 Wisconsin Law Review 1|
2004||Citizenship in a Time of Repression|
Mr. Michael Traynor, Esq.
|2005 Wisconsin Law Review 1|
2005||Upholding an Oath to the Constitution: A Legislator's Responsibilities|
The Honorable Russ Feingold
|2006 Wisconsin Law Review 1|
|2006||Thomas E. Fairchild: A Judge's Legacy|
The Honorable Joan Humphrey Lefkow
|2007 Wisconsin Law Review 1|
2007||Snapshots from the Seventh Circuit: Continuity and Change, |
1966 to 2007
The Honorable Diane Wood
|2008 Wisconsin Law Review 1|
2008||Thoughts On How the Legal System Treats Jurors|
U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald
|2009 Wisconsin Law Review 1|
|2009||Its Only Words: Thoughts of a Lawyer and a Novelist|
Mr. Scott Turow, Esq.
|2010||Abraham Lincoln, A Lawyer for the Ages|
Mr. John Skilton, Esq., Perkins Coie
|2011 Wisconsin Law Review 1|
|2011||Federal Sentencing Policy: A Path For The Future|
The Honorable William K. Sessions III
|2012 Wisconsin Law Review 1|
|2012||Inequality, Individualized Risk and Insecurity|
Professor Michael J. Zimmer
|2013 Wisconsin Law Review 1|
|2013||The War on Drugs|
The Honorable William J. Bauer
|2014 Wisconsin Law Review 1|