Welcome to the Western District of Wisconsin


On April 25, 2022, the Western District of Wisconsin upgraded its electronic filing system to NextGen CM/ECF.  NextGen access is based on your PACER account credentials - the same login and password that you use to file in other NextGen courts. This feature is known as "Central Sign-On."

However, before you can use NextGen, you must take certain steps to upgrade your PACER account and link your PACER account to your existing ECF account. Please click here for more information, including instructions to upgrade and link your PACER account.

Court Information

Chief U.S. District Judge
James D. Peterson

U.S. District Judge
William M. Conley

U.S. District Judge
Barbara B. Crabb

U.S. Magistrate Judge
Stephen L. Crocker

Clerk of Court
Joel Turner

United States District Court
120 N. Henry St., Rm. 320
Madison, WI 53703
Phone:  608-264-5156
Fax:  608-264-5925

Google Map

ECF Help Desk:
866-241-7123 or

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST

News & Announcements

Thu, 06/16/2022
The U.S. District Court will be closed on Monday, June 20, 2022, for the Juneteenth National Independence Day. More »
Mon, 06/06/2022
The U.S. District Court in Madison, Wisconsin is seeking comment from the bar and the public on the appointment of Andrew R. Wiseman as a part-time magistrate judge. The closing date for comments is June 24, 2022. More »
Thu, 05/26/2022
The Western District Bar Association will host a roundtable with the Western District judges on Friday, June 10, to discuss civil pretrial procedures. The session will take place in room 220 of the federal courthouse in Madison from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. More...
Thu, 05/26/2022
The U.S. District Court in Madison, Wisconsin is seeking a full-time Pro Se Law Clerk to provide legal advice and assistance to the court in connection with pro se prisoner and non-prisoner complaints and petitions. More »

Pro Bono Honor Roll

The attorneys listed below are recognized for their service in representing indigent plaintiffs in 2019-2021.  Please see the complete list of attorneys recognized for their contribution.

  • Tomislav Kuzmanovic
  • Andrew Trevino
  • Mollie Kugler
  • Skye Parr
  • Catarina Colón
  • Thomas Heneghan
  • Trevor Brown
  • JoLynn Markison
  • Mriana Al’Taqatqa
  • Anabel Cassady
  • Jacob Harris
  • Paul Cranley
  • Caitlin M. Madden
  • Vanessa Kuettel
  • Jeff Scott Olson
  • Lonnie Story
  • Lonnie Story
  • Debbie Machalow
  • Mark Hancock
  • Stephen J. Eisenberg
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