Gov. Tony Evers announced on Thursday afternoon that Raphael Ramos will take Janet Protasiewicz’s seat on the Milwaukee County Circuit Court when she is sworn in as the next justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Ramos is currently Legal Action of Wisconsin’s Milwaukee Housing Law Unit Supervisor and, since 2016, has been the director of LAW’s Eviction Defense Project, according to a press release from the governor’s office. The Eviction Defense Project, which he developed and implemented, expanded access to legal services available for low-income tenants and helped reshape the landscape of housing law in Milwaukee.
“I have had the great pleasure of witnessing Attorney Raphael Ramos’s sharp intellect and unwavering compassion hard at work over the past several years as he led the team at the Eviction Defense Project,” said Milwaukee County Circuit Court Deputy Chief Judge William Pocan in a statement. “I am confident that he will be an absolutely outstanding judge dedicated to both following the law and serving the people of Milwaukee.”
Ramos is a graduate of Drake University and Marquette University Law School and is active in a variety of professional and community organizations, including the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic, the Philippine Cultural and Civic Center Foundation, and the Wisconsin Justice Initiative.
“I am truly honored and grateful to accept this appointment as a Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge, and I look forward to serving a community I adore,” said Ramos. “Milwaukee has been my home since my family immigrated from the Philippines when I was two years old, and my parents, Gerry and Jojo Ramos, instilled in me the importance of hard work, sacrifice, and service to others as they built a new life for our family. I am humbled by the opportunity to follow their lead and serve Milwaukee County as a judge. I will work diligently to uphold the rule of law, increase access to justice and equal justice in the court system, and ensure that my courtroom treats all people and proceedings with the respect and dignity that they deserve.”