Susan Steingass

Senior Lecturer Emerita

Steingass, Susan


B.A., Denison University
M.A., Northwestern University
J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School

Recently Taught Courses
714 Civil Procedure I


Susan R. Steingass is a former Dane County Circuit Judge and President of the State Bar of Wisconsin.

Susan Steingass received her undergraduate degree from Denison University in 1963, her M.A. in English literature from Northwestern University with honors in 1965, and her J.D. degree magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1976 where she was an editor of the Wisconsin Law Review and a members of Coif. After graduation from law school, Ms. Steingass served as law clerk to the Honorable Nathan S. Heffernan, Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Professor Steingass was an associate and then partner at Stafford, Rosenbaum, Rieser & Hansen in Madison from 1977 to 1985. She was a Dane County Circuit Judge from 1985 to 1993, and was elected Wisconsin Trial Judge of the Year in 1993 by the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. In 1994, she joined Habush Habush & Rottier, where she focused her practice on personal injury and commercial litigation. She remains of counsel with the firm.

Professor Steingass was President of the State Bar of Wisconsin 1998-1999. She has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America, and is a recipient of the Marygold Melli Achievement Award given by the Legal Association for Women. In 2003 she was named chair of the Wisconsin Sentencing Commission, and she chairs the Wisconsin Judicial Selection Committee, which screens judicial candidates. She was president of the Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund, supporting legal services to the poor, and President of the Wisconsin Law Alumni Association.  She is also  member of the Board of Trustees and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and the William F. Vilas Trust.

A member of the American Law Institute, Professor Steingass is also an adviser to the Institute's work on the Restatement (Third) of Torts, Apportionment of Liability, as well as co-editor and author of Wisconsin Civil Procedure Before Trial, and co-editor of The Wisconsin Rules of Evidence: A Courtroom Handbook.

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