Milwaukee County Circuit Judge John Siefert has sued the Wisconsin Judicial Commission seeking a declaration that certain portions of the Judicial Code are unconstitutional and to enjoin their enforcement. Judge Siefert says that he would like to join the Democratic Party and endorse candidates. He would also like to personally solicit contributions for his next re-election campaign. I've got more sympathy for the former than the latter.
Judge Siefert is represented by Jim Bopp, a prominent first amendment lawyer from Indiana, and local stalwart (and MULS alum) Mike Dean. Jim will be participating in a symposium on free speech in judicial elections next Tuesday at the Milwaukee Athletic Club, along with James Sample, counsel with the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School and your humble blogger.
Everybody who is anybody (which is, after all, everybody) will be there.)