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Madison - Today, Governor Scott Walker appointed Court Commissioner Robert F. Dehring, Jr. to serve as a judge on the Jefferson County Circuit Court, replacing retiring Judge David J. Wambach.

"With his experience as a court commissioner in both Jefferson and Waukesha Counties, Robert Dehring is well prepared to handle the work of a circuit court judge," Governor Walker said. "Dehring's integrity, work ethic, and commitment to the rule of law gives me great confidence that he will be an excellent addition to the Jefferson County bench." 

Dehring currently serves as a full-time court commissioner in Waukesha County and, in the past, served as court commissioner in Jefferson County. His work as a court commissioner has provided him experience in a broad number of legal practice areas, including civil, family, criminal, juvenile, and probate law. Prior to his work as a court commissioner, Dehring served as the assistant corporation counsel for Jefferson County from 2009 to 2013, and also worked as a child support attorney in Racine County from 2006 to 2009.

Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge Tom Hruz wrote in support of Dehring. "Bob's longstanding experience as a court commissioner has exposed him to a multitude of legal subject matters, disputes, parties, and attorneys, and to an overall courtroom experience quite similar to that he will face as a trial judge," said Judge Hruz. "Dehring has the experience, respect for the rule of law, intellect, character, plain old common sense, and other traits necessary to serve well our state as a circuit court judge in Jefferson County."

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Maria Lazar highly recommends Dehring, stating "Mr. Dehring has a great respect and love for the law and the Constitution. He realizes that judges owe a duty to uphold and enforce the laws as they are written. As a judge, Mr. Dehring will surely carry that respect with him to the bench and will serve Wisconsin well in this new role."

Dehring received his Juris Doctorate degree from Marquette University Law School and his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He resides in Oconomowoc with his wife, Traci, and their daughter.