"People all over the state recognize that our courts have become increasingly politicized, and that the rule of law is being ignored for partisan and political reasons. When I tell people I am running to get our courts back on track, they really respond.
I have spent my career in the law working to help crime victims and to protect our rights, and now I’m running for the Wisconsin Supreme Court because we need to get our country back on the right track.
I'm a judge, I’ve been a local and state prosecutor, and I directed the state’s Office of Crime Victim Services. No one knows better than me how important it is to have a legal system that works for all.
Today, too many judges see themselves as on one political team or another. But I think we need strong leaders who will put our strong Wisconsin political tradition of independent and honest courts first.
I believe in Wisconsin. I believe in our history of great public schools, protecting our beautiful natural resources, and protecting civil rights for all.
I also understand the law, have deep experience in state courtrooms, and have spent a career standing up for our rights and fighting to protect victims.
In my career prosecuting violent criminals, working as the top assistant attorney general on violence against women cases, and running the state’s victim services programs, I learned a lot about what works and doesn’t work in our system. I know that our judicial system is built on independent judges, not a system in which it matters what political team you’re on.
So now I see the corroding effect of big money on our judicial system. It’s time to restore a sense of justice and honor to our legal system.
I will follow the law, and I will protect our Wisconsin values.
My dad, Peter, was a local pediatrician. And my mom, Judy, was one of the first women in Wisconsin to serve as mayor.
This country has made tremendous strides in extending equal rights to all, and I’m inspired by the example my father sets in caring for children, and my mother sets in leading for women.
We can’t go backwards, and it’s distressing to me that rather than respecting our rights, we now see a moment in which political forces seek to roll back the advances in civil rights we’ve made in the last few generations.
More than anything, our courts are about constitutional rights.
We will serve the needs of crime victims, we will stand up for racial justice and civil rights, we will protect the right to marriage equality, and we will never allow for the rights of women to be rolled back.
" - Judge Jill Karofsky for Wisconsin Justice 2020
"Earlier this month (August 2019), I had the honor of speaking at the LULAC National Convention during the Women’s Hall of Fame luncheon. As the League of United Latin American Citizens gathered in Milwaukee, I was reminded of our state’s amazing diversity and the need to continue the fight for true equality and equity. " - Jill
"Last weekend (July 27, 2019), I was able to perform one of my favorite duties as a judge and unite Beth and Steve in marriage. Congratulations to them on their wonderful day, and best wishes for the future. No matter how many times I perform this ceremony, it’s always special." - Jill
"I’ve also been meeting great activists and involved citizens around the state. I attended a great summer picnic in Shawano County, and was pleased to tell my story and hear their thoughts on the direction of our justice system" - Jill
"This week (August 3, 2019), Justice Shirley Abrahamson, the first woman on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, left the high court after more than four decades of service. I had the pleasure of being sworn in to the Bar by Justice Abrahamson almost 30 years ago, and was honored to be quoted in this article: 'A single mother of two kids, Karofsky said it has been incredibly helpful to see women in law, like Abrahamson, have kids while balancing their careers.' " - Jill