Progressive-minded citizens will gather in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin this Saturday, 2/2/13, for the monthly meeting of the ever-popular OconDems, a grassroots group that is not officially affiliated with the Waukesha County Democratic Party. The program will include a discussion on mining, the Wisconsin State Supreme Court race, and a special appearance by WI Supreme Court candidate Ed Fallone.
Time: 11:30 am- 1:30 pm (a light lunch will be served at a reasonable cost).
Location: Oconomowoc Public Library, 200 W. South St., Oconomowoc, WI, 53066
Program details via OconDems:
1. Sand and Taconite mining - Panel Discussion.
- Dennis Grezezinski, Senior Counsel, Midwest Environmental Advocates
- Beau Stafford, Staff member State Senator Lehman
- Carl Sack, Cartography/GIS Masters Program, UW-Madison
Economic, environmental, and health impacts on the State. (40 Min.)
2. State Supreme Court - Panel Discussion.
- Frederick P. Kessler, Former judge and Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 12th Assembly District
- Attorney William (Bill) Hotz, Former General Counsel and Executive Vice President, St. Francis Bank
- Attorney Richard (Rick) Congdon, former Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge
What role does the court play in state government, what are the big decisions the court has ruled on in the recent past, what issues are likely to come before the court in the coming years. (40 Min.)
3. Guest Speaker – Ed Fallone, Candidate, Wisconsin State Supreme Court. (30 Min. with Q. & A.)
Ed Fallone is a law professor at Marquette University, a constitutional scholar and a practicing attorney. Professor Fallone has taught at Marquette University Law School for two decades, focusing on constitutional law, immigration law, securities regulation and corporate law. He also practices law with Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan LLP specializing in complex civil litigation.
Fallone is active in the community, and was recognized with the President’s Award from Community Shares of Greater Milwaukee in 2010.
Fallone would be the first Latino Justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. His mother immigrated to the United States from Mexico and Fallone grew up in a family equally proud of both its Italian and Mexican heritages. Fallone is married, with two children and lives in Whitefish Bay.