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Judge Charles B. Schudson  


Charles B. Schudson is a Wisconsin Reserve Judge, an Adjunct Professor of Law at Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin Law School, General Counsel for La Causa, Inc., and President of KeynoteSeminars, LLC.

Judge Schudson was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1950, graduated from Dartmouth College (Phi Beta Kappa), where he was a Senior Fellow, and from the Wisconsin Law School (Law Review).  He served as a state and federal prosecutor, 1975-82; a Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge, 1982-92; a Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge, 1992-2004; and Senior Counsel at von Briesen & Roper, 2004-06.

Judge Schudson's honors include a Fulbright Fellowship selection, the US Justice Department's Award for Superior Performance, "Wisconsin Judge of the Year," the 1998 National Human Rights Leadership Award, the 2000 Foundation for Improvement of Justice Award, and the 2004 National Exchange Club Book of Golden Deeds Award.

Judge Schudson has authored numerous published works including On Trial:  America's Courts and Their Treatment of Sexually Abused Children (Beacon Press).  He has keynoted and taught at conferences throughout the world, testified before congressional committees on battered women, sexual abuse, and children and families.  He has been a featured guest on numerous shows including The McNeil-Lehrer Reportand Oprah.

Judge Schudson has served on the faculties of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the National Judicial College.  In 2005, he was the Scholar in Residence at Universidad Diego Portales Law School in Santiago, Chile.  In 2006, he served as an international observer for the presidential election in Venezuela.  In 2007, he was the Law and Literature Scholar in Residence at Lawrence University.

In recent years, at the Marquette and Wisconsin law schools, Judge Schudson has taught "Trial Advocacy" and "Preparing Lawyers for Life"; at judicial conferences throughout the country, he has presented a variety of one-day programs including, "Loves Me, Loves Me Knot:  the History, Law and Literature of Marriage," "Marriage, Murder, Isolation, and the Art of Judging," and "Brains and Biases -- Same Ol' Same Ol', or a Whole New Ballgame in the Age of Obama."

Judge Schudson is a member of the National Association of State Judicial Educators.  He is married to Karen Schudson, a psychotherapist and executive coach, with whom he presents "Healing the Healers," a program to help professionals cope with the secondary trauma flowing from their work with sexual abuse victims.  Charlie and Karen have been married thirty-eight years; they have two wonderful children and two amazing (of course) grandchildren.


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