Judge William Griesbach, Eastern Wisconsin U.S. District Court

Judge William Griesbach

Eastern Wisconsin U.S. District Court

Willliam C. Griesbach was born in January 1954 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He earned his undergraduate degree from Marquette University and a Juris Doctor from Marquette University Law School. He clerked at the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

He was a staff attorney of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit for two years before entering private practice. He served seven years as a Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge,

Griesbach was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. He was confirmed by the Senate and assumed his office in May 2002. Before taking senior status in 2019, he served seven years as the Chief Judge.

In the News…

The Brown County Taxpayers Association filed one of the more recent challenges to the president’s student loan cancellation plan, alleging the president does not have the authority to forgive up to $20,000 in student loan debt per borrower and the plan violated the Equal Protection Clause because the administration indicated it was designed to especially help Black borrowers.

Under court precedent, taxpayers do not automatically have the standing to sue simply because a government spending plan would cause a tax increase. But the association argued the case should fall under an exception crafted previously by the Supreme Court for some suits involving religious freedom violations.

U.S. District Court Judge William Griesbach rejected the arguments, adding that even if the group did have standing for the case to proceed, it is “unclear” if they would succeed in their request to temporarily block the plan.

“Because Plaintiff lacks standing, that issue is not before the court at this time,” Judge Griesbach wrote. “Those seeking to take advantage of the program, however, may wish to consider this possibility before placing undue reliance on the benefits promised.”

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Did you pray for Judge Griesbach today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Judge William Griesbach
Eastern Wisconsin U.S. District Court
517 East Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202


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