Clifford Aims for '07 Supreme Court Election
Madison lawyer Linda Clifford, who earlier this year had considered running in 2006 for the state Supreme Court seat held by N. Patrick Crooks, now says she's setting her sights on the 2007 race instead.
"The Wisconsin Supreme Court needs the diversity that a practicing lawyer with 32 years of experience will bring to the bench," Clifford said today in a statement. "That is why I began running this summer for one of the Supreme Court's seven seats, and that is why I am today reiterating my intention to continue my campaign for the Court -- for the election on April 3, 2007."
The current term of Justice Jon Wilcox expires July 31, 2007. Clifford said today his decision on whether or not to run for re-election has no bearing on her campaign.
"My decision to run for the 2007 position has been made without regard to whether or not the incumbent or anyone else decides to run, just as my decision not to run for the 2006 position was made without regard to the campaign decisions of others," Clfford said.
See Clifford's statement.
Clifford is currently an attorney at LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn. In July, she filed a campaign finance report for the first half of 2005 showing $203,231 cash on hand, with the majority of her warchest coming from a $140,000 personal loan to the campaign.
Clifford's report shows donations from some well-known Madisonians, such as the Citizens' Utility Board's Charles Higley, former UW administrator Mary Rouse, and James Wood, the president of Wood Communications. She also got a donation from former Doyle budget director David Riemer of Milwaukee.
See Clifford's finance report.
Clifford's current practice includes regulatory work before the state PSC and the Federal Energy Regulation Commission plus immigration issues as well as enviro, media, telecom and other legal work. After getting her UW-Madison law school degree in 1974, she worked as a law clerk in the enviro unit at the Wisconsin DOJ, as an assistant attorney general at DOJ, then as a solo practitioner in environmental law before joining LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn in 1982.
Clifford was up-front about her philosophy in a May interview with WisPolitics, saying she's "been a Democrat all of my life. My political philosophy would be considered liberal." She said she'd bring an important perspective to the court from the angle of a practicing lawyer who knows how the system works.