Two candidates will likely be on the April 6 poll for the Wisconsin Court docket of Appeals District III masking the northern half of the state.
Rick Cveykus is an lawyer and group chief, at the moment the managing accomplice at Cveykus Regulation in Wausau. He has constructed a broad apply in legal regulation, household regulation and small claims.
Gregory B. Gill, Jr. has served as an Outagamie County circuit courtroom decide for the final 9 years. He was initially appointed to the place by former Governor Scott Walker and has since been twice re-elected.
Gill has obtained donations and endorsements from dozens of vital Republican officers. Cveykus has taken out a number of private loans to maintain up.
They search a 6-year time period on the bench. They debated textualism and the affect of cash in judicial races throughout a current digital candidate discussion board hosted by the Wisconsin Affiliation for Justice.
Cveykus is closely concerned in the neighborhood, and is the previous President of the Marathon County Bar and the Marathon County Affiliation of Legal Protection Attorneys. He’s additionally a former member of the Board of Administrators for Marathon Counseling and Residential Companies.
He at the moment volunteers his time as an lawyer with Wills for Veterans and a Decide for the We the Folks Program. He’s an lively member of the Marathon County Historic Society.
“The folks of northern Wisconsin deserve judges who will work day by day to make sure our authorized system is open, honest and treats each Wisconsinite with dignity,” stated Cveykus in asserting his marketing campaign. “I’ve constructed my profession on serving to folks in essentially the most disturbing conditions navigate our typically daunting authorized system. As an appeals courtroom decide, I intend to assist make our system work higher, not simply preserve the established order.”
Cveykus obtained an undergraduate diploma in political science and a Juris Doctorate from the College of Wisconsin-Madison. He at the moment serves on the Board of Administrators for the UW Alumni Wausau Chapter.
Cveykus has served as a Mock Trial coach at his alma mater D.C. Everest Excessive Faculty, Wausau West Excessive Faculty, and UW-Madison. Rick can be a lecturer at UW-Madison, educating programs on Legal Regulation, First Modification and Constitutional Regulation.
Cveykus lives in Wausau along with his spouse, Rebekah, a public faculty trainer and member of Wisconsin Educators Affiliation Council. They’re anticipating their first baby in January.
Gill is a part of a common rotation dealing with legal, civil, household and juvenile issues. As well as, he’s the presiding decide for the Outagamie County Psychological Well being Court docket and beforehand presided over the County’s Veteran’s Remedy Court docket as effectively. Except for his day-to-day judicial duties, he additionally has been a part of numerous courtroom associated committees and academic packages.
Gill identifies himself as a textualist and judicial conservative. Textualism is the type of interpretation that focuses on the plain that means of the textual content of statutes and the Structure.
“In some circumstances, if there was a change in that means over time, I imagine that we should look backwards,” Gill states on his marketing campaign web site. “In essence, meaning studying the textual content of the structure via an originalist lens. Originalists imagine that the constitutional textual content should be given the unique public that means that it could have had on the time that it turned regulation.”
Gill says he practices a philosophy of restraint over activism, believing judges should interpret the regulation strictly fairly than search to make new legal guidelines.
“Judicial activists search to vary, or maybe even create laws from the bench. I don’t imagine that the position of a decide is to create laws. Relatively, I imagine judges must be chargeable for decoding legal guidelines created by the legislature and figuring out if they’re constitutional,” Gill stated.
Previous to his time on the bench, Gill was most lately, a accomplice at his household’s regulation agency, Gill & Gill. His apply centered totally on labor and employment regulation. Earlier than his time in personal apply, he was a regulation clerk for Federal District Court docket Decide William C. Griesbach.
Gill attended regulation faculty at Marquette College, throughout which period he had an internship with the Honorable John L. Coffey of the seventh Circuit Court docket of Appeals. His undergraduate research have been held on the College of Wisconsin-Madison. At UW-Madison, he was a member of the College’s Monitor and Discipline Workforce and a two-time Massive 10 Champion and one-time All-American within the Decathlon.
Within the debate, Cveykus known as textualism “a buzzword” candidates use to get votes. “In my perception, it’s a bit disingenuous and used to cowl up judicial activism, particularly from the suitable,” he stated.
Cveykus stated when the textual content of the regulation is obvious, each decide would apply the regulation in the identical means. Points come up when statutes are in battle or, just like the state structure, the regulation was written 150 years in the past when sure applied sciences or processes in query didn’t exist.
“The ugly reality is each decide is aware of that textualism is the place all of us begin, but it surely alone can’t resolve the entire points that come earlier than the courtroom,” Cveykus stated.
Cveykus known as into query the sources of the $125,000 of marketing campaign donations that Gill has obtained, saying many got here from supporters of far-right agendas.
Cveykus and Gill are competing for the District III Court docket of Appeals seat being vacated by Decide Mark Seidl, who isn’t in search of re-election.
The courtroom’s jurisdiction contains: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Brown, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Door, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Florence, Forest, Iron, Kewaunee, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Outagamie, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Worth, Rusk, Sawyer, Shawano, St. Croix, Taylor, Trempealeau, Vilas and Washburn counties. It covers 35 of the state’s 72 counties, and is the biggest of the state’s 4 appellate districts. It’s headquartered in Wausau.