Judge James Robert Beer is an accomplished circuit court judge whose interest in the law stems from his early childhood experiences in courtrooms. Inspired by his father’s friend, who was a judge, Judge Beer often visited courthouses and watch the trials. He later earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and JD from the Marquette University Law School. Three years after obtaining a juris doctorate, he completed coursework at the National Prosecutors School of the Northwestern University School of Law.
At the inception of his career in 1975, Judge Beer served Green County, Wisconsin, as a district attorney. Remaining in that role for two years, he later served Green County in myriad roles, including on the board of supervisors from 1982 to 1986, as court commissioner from 1988 to 1996 and as family court commissioner from 1993 to 1996. Subsequently, he was appointed a circuit court judge for the Green County Circuit Court in 1996 by Gov. Tommy Thompson, and was elected in 1997. In light of his excellence in his role, he was re-elected in 2003, 2009 and 2015. His term will expire in 2021.
Among his notable achievements, Judge Beer is noted for creating a drug court, where he currently serves as a drug court judge. He also received legislature to approve a second branch and persuading the county board to approve building a new justice center, a 60,000 square-foot building with security.
Attributing his success to hard work and perseverance, Judge Beer has been recognized numerous times for his prestige in the industry. In 2018, he was selected for inclusion in the 71st edition of Who’s Who in America. Previously, he was named a Top Lawyer by Marquis Who’s Who in 2017.
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