MILWAUKEE — Gov. Tony Evers has appointed two new judges to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court.
Attorney and former state representative Jon Richards and long-time attorney with the State Public Defender’s Office Reyna Morales are filling two vacancies on the court.
Morales has been an attorney with the State Public Defender’s Office since 1997. Morales has also served as a board member for the Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association, Felmers O. Chaney Advocacy Board and Marquette University Law School Alumni Association.
“I am profoundly grateful to Gov. Evers for the extraordinary opportunity to serve all the people of Milwaukee County as circuit court judge. I pledge to administer justice with integrity, fairness, and impartiality,” Morales said in a statement.
Richards is a partner with Ziino, Germanotta, Knoll & Christensen in Milwaukee. From 1999 to 2014, Richards served in the Wisconsin State Assembly, including serving on the Joint Committee on Finance and chairing the Assembly Health Committee.
“Now more than ever, we need to address the racial disparities in our justice system and recognize that there are barriers that stand in the way of justice,” Richards said in the statement. “I am honored to be appointed by Gov. Evers to apply the law both accurately and fairly while ensuring that constitutional rights are protected."