MILWAUKEE, WI (WSAU) - A U.S. Court of Appeals Judge and former State Supreme Court Judge has died. the Honorable John L. Coffey was on the bench at various levels in Milwaukee County before winning election to an open seat on the State Supreme Court in 1977. He earned many honors during his career, including Marquette University’s Outstanding Law Alumnus of the Year in 1980. President Ronald Reagan appointed Coffey to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit for life in 1981. He passed away today at age of 90.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson said, “I was fortunate to have served with Justice Coffey during his years on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, before his appointment to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. His long and dedicated service on both the state and federal bench will long be appreciated by the people he served” adding that his experience earlier in his career gave him a well-rounded perspective on the law.