Welcome to the WIWD

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 23: Administrative Order closing the Kastenmeier Courthouse until December 15, 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

Thu, 01/14/2021
The U.S. District Court is seeking a Case Administrator/Courtroom Deputy. This full-time permanent position is located in the clerk's office in Madison, Wisconsin. The position is open until January 28, 2021. More »
Wed, 01/06/2021
The U.S. District Court is seeking a qualified Chief U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officer. This is a full-time permanent position. Salary commensurate with qualifications and salary history. More »
Tue, 12/29/2020
Congress has authorized the use of video and telephone conferencing for criminal events during the COVID-19 emergency. A related order of the U.S. District Court is available here.  ...
Wed, 12/16/2020
Because of the high rate of COVID-19 infection in Dane County and in the district, generally, the District Court has suspended civil and criminal jury trials through January 31, 2021. More »
Mon, 11/23/2020
The Western District of Wisconsin will be closed on November 27, December 24, and December 31, 2020. More »
Mon, 11/23/2020
The Clerk's Office is closed to the general public. Visitors may file documents by using the drop-box in the courthouse lobby. More »

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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