Events Archive

October 10, 2006
Indiana Supreme Court Lecture

Speaker: Hon. Diane Sykes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Wynne Courtroom
Contact: For more information please contact Shaun Ingram at or (317) 278-4789.

Lecture: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Reception: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Judge Diane Sykes was nominated by President George W. Bush to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 24, 2004, and entered upon duty on July 4, 2004. Prior to her appointment to the federal bench, Judge Sykes served as a justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. She was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1999 by then-Governor Tommy G. Thompson and elected to a ten-year term in April 2000. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, Judge Sykes received a bachelor’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1980 and her J.D. from Marquette University Law School in 1984. Between college and law school, Judge Sykes worked as a reporter for The Milwaukee Journal. Judge Sykes was elected to the bench in Milwaukee County in 1992 and served there in the misdemeanor, felony, and civil divisions until her appointment to the Supreme Court in September 1999. Prior to her election to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Judge Sykes practiced law with the Milwaukee law firm of Whyte & Hirschboeck, S.C., and served as law clerk to Federal Judge Terence T. Evans.