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Welcome to the website for the
United States District Court for the
Western District of Wisconsin


COVID-19 Information

May 1: Updated Statement on Jury Trials

June 5: Preparing to Participate in a Zoom Hearing

June 5: Notice Regarding Press and Public Access to Court Hearings

November 10: Administrative Order closing the Kastenmeier Courthouse until November 23, 2020 and suspending civil and criminal trials through Janaury 31, 2021.

Due to restrictions on public access to the courthouse, the U.S. District Court is temporarily livestreaming hearings on YouTube beginning on Tuesday, June 8, 2020. Videos will not be available for viewing after the hearing is concluded. YouTube channel links are:

• Chief Judge James D. Peterson

District Judge William M. Conley

District Judge Barbara B. Crabb

• Magistrate Judge Stephen L. Crocker


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
Peter Oppeneer

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

Tue, 11/10/2020
Effective immediately, the Kastenmeier Courthouse is closed to the public until November 23, 2020. A related administrative order is available here. More...
Mon, 11/09/2020
The U.S. District Court, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and the Office of U.S. Probation will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 in observance of Veterans Day. More »
Thu, 09/24/2020
Congress has passed legislation authorizing the use of video and telephone conferencing for criminal events during the COVID-19 emergency.  The District Court has issued an administrative order on this topic, available here....
Thu, 07/23/2020
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin has temporarily canceled all CVB hearings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CVB hearings wil be rescheduled when the courthouse resumes normal operations. More »
Mon, 06/29/2020
To limit the spread of coronavirus, the court orders that everyone entering the courthouse must wear masks or suitable facial coverings in all public areas of the courthouse. A related administrative order is available here....
Tue, 03/24/2020
In response to the coronavirus emergency, the court has suspended all jury trials through May 18, 2020. The court has also rescheduled all in-person hearings until after May 18, 2020, subject to case-by-case exceptions justified by extraordinary circumstances....

Pro Bono Honor Roll

The attorneys listed below are recognized for their service in representing indigent plaintiffs in 2018-2019.  Please see the complete list of attorneys recognized for their contribution.

  • Naikang Tsao
  • Megan R. Stelljes
  • Katelynn M. Williams
  • David Owens
  • Anand Swaminathan
  • Jeff Simmons
  • Kevin LeRoy
  • Maria Lyon
  • David Anstaett
  • Brandon Lewis
  • David Zoppo
  • Maria Stubbings
  • Emily Feinstein
  • Sydney VanBerg
  • Christopher Guthrie
  • Richard Bolton
  • Evan Tenebruso
  • Kathryn Pfefferle
  • Andrew Clarkowski
  • Michael Modl
  • Morgan Stippel
  • Monica Mark
  • Nathaniel Cade


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