Rhonda Lanford

Adjunct Professor

B.A., University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School

Teaching Areas:
Trial Advocacy

Recently Taught Courses
852 Trial Advocacy (Mock Trial)
852 Trial Advocacy (Mock Trial competition)


Judge Rhonda Lanford is a Dane County Circuit Court Judge, elected in 2013 to preside over Branch 16.

Judge Lanford is a recognized legal leader in Dane County and Wisconsin. She has been rated AV (preeminent) by her peers in Martindale Hubbell, is a member of the Martindale Hubbell bar register of preeminent women lawyers, and her AVVO rating is "superb." Year after year, Judge Lanford was named a Super Lawyer by Wisconsin Law & Politics. Out of the thousands of lawyers in Wisconsin, Judge Lanford was recognized as a Wisconsin Top 50 Lawyer and a Wisconsin Top 25 Female Lawyer. Madison Magazine recognized Rhonda as a Madison Top 25 Lawyer and she was also honored as a Leader in the Law by the Wisconsin Law Journal.

Judge Lanford has taught law for over thirteen years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Topics include trial advocacy, evidence, ethics, civil procedure, negotiations, depositions and lawyering skills. Rhonda co-founded U.W. Law School's nationally acclaimed Mock Trial Program and coaches teams in competitions around the country. Judge Lanford also has extensive experience teaching professionals. She has taught in Wisconsin and nationally on topics such as evidence, ethics and case law developments.

Judge Lanford graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Wisconsin Law Review. She competed on the National Moot Court appellate advocacy team, and received numerous law school awards, including the award for best student article in the Wisconsin Law Review.

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