Mequon lawyer, advocate for kids and aged Lori Kornblum appointed to state Courtroom of Appeals

A Mequon lawyer with decades of experience has been named to fill a seat on the state Court of Appeals.

Gov. Tony Evers appointed Lori Kornblum to the District II Court of Appeals, based in Waukesha. She will be replacing Judge Paul F. Reilly, who announced his resignation earlier this year. Because that term ends July 31, 2022, Kornblum will need to be elected in the spring to stay on the job.

Lori Kornblum

Lori Kornblum

“With decades of faithful service defending the rights of those who are the most vulnerable, Lori has demonstrated her commitment to building strong communities by supporting the well-being of every community member,” Evers said. “With Lori’s experience and values, she will be a great appellate judge for the people of Wisconsin.”

Kornblum served as a prosecutor in the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, in both adult and children’s court, for more than 20 years.

Now in private practice, Kornblum concentrates on disability law, children’s welfare and guardianships, according to her office website.

She also teaches at Milwaukee Area Technical College, Marquette University Law School and Northeastern University Law School.

“Lori is deeply committed to justice, fairness, and public service, and she will be an outstanding appellate court judge,” state Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Dallet said. “As a prosecutor, she helped keep children and the community safe, and she was laser-focused on meeting the needs of victims of crime. In her private practice, she advocates for the rights of people with disabilities and children.”

Kornblum graduated from Yale University and the University of California-Berkley School of Law and has been a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin since 1982.

Kornblum chairs the Office of Lawyer Regulation’s Board of Administrative Oversight and is the founding director and president of both the Milwaukee Center for Children and Youth and L’Chaim Chaverut Clubhouse Northshore.

“I am honored to be appointed to Wisconsin’s Court of Appeals,” Kornblum said. “As a judge, I will listen carefully and apply the law faithfully, mindful of the fact that our courts make decisions that affect lives, businesses, and our state’s future.”

Contact Bruce Vielmetti at (414) 224-2187 or Follow him on Twitter at @ProofHearsay.

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