Retired Judges Corner

Retired Judges Corner

Welcome to the Retired Judges Corner of the FMJA website. This corner is designed for you and all are welcome. Even if retirement is still a twinkle in your eye, you may find helpful tips to assist in career planning or just the fun of staying connected with old colleagues.

I personally think magistrate Judges are the most interesting people I have ever had the privilege of knowing.  I did not want to lose you and have therefore stayed active with the FMJA.  I am almost 5 years retired and, even though I have done some recall work for the courts, I have pretty much slid into a very fun, meaningful and rewarding retirement from the bench. 

This corner is designed to keep us connected with each other and with the FMJA. I as chair of the retired/recalled Judges committee, along with the entire committee, invite you to join us for this experience called "retirement". You will find articles of interest from your retired/recall colleagues, tips for your decision making and ways to stay connected through a voluntary directory.  Come join us and stay connected.

Louisa Porter,
Chair, Retired and Recalled Magistrate Judges Committee


Of Interest

Guide to Judiciary Policy, 02-038, August 31, 2018, Ethics Advisory Opinions
Guide to Judiciary Policy, 02-040, September 20, 2018, Financial Disclosures


Are you a retired/recalled member and have a new job, hobby or something else other members would like to hear about?  We would love to hear from you and put an article on this website and also in our quarterly newsletter.  You can send an article to Louisa Porter and Shari Bedker.  Or just post on the retired/recalled section of the members only forum.  We look forward to hearing from you! 

Check out the Forum>Retired/Recalled Discussion for some great information on financial considerations for retirement that YOUR committee has developed.


Thoughts on Retirement

by Virginia Morgan

“Finally,” she said as she approached her retirement, “I will be living on my own!  No need to deal with lawyers with all their myriad disputes!  DJs who need you to fix their problems.  Bureaucratic BS!”  But then, she thought, “Who will schedule my appointments?  Who will support my IT needs?  How I am going to feel fulfilled?  What if I still need to be thought of as a judge? Retirement may not be the best course for me.  What will I do?”  So she pondered and realized that the all along she held the answer in her hand.  “I must ask Siri.”

Siri listened carefully as she always does and hesitated just for a moment, running all sorts of things behind her serene demeanor.  “Girlfriend,” replied Siri, “you are car-azy! Retirement is your chance to finally do those things that you have always dreamed about.  You are lucky, lucky, lucky, so do it and do it now.  Be grateful that all the days you gave to your court have benefitted not only the folks who came before you and everyone else there, but also finally yourself.  So Nike up and just do it.” ...more


Why I Love Being Retired - The "Porter" Prescription

by Louisa Porter

As a preface:

I LOVE being retired.

I am happier than I have ever been in my life.

I wake up happy and as the day progresses, become even happier.

This is the same sentiment expresses to me by all the retired judges and other professional people with whom I interact.

It is wonderful.  It is made more wonderful by the amazing retirement systems with which we are all covered.  Financial security is a fabulous condition.

Having said that may I share my experiences with this wonderful adventure called retirement (one of life's joyful vicissitudes). ...more



Oral History
The Honorable Aaron E. Goodstein
United States District Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
July 26, 2011

Maria: It is July 26, 2011, and I am here with Aaron E. Goodstein, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.  I am one of Judge Goodstein’s former law clerks, and we are here to prepare his oral history.

Judge, I am going to start with a discussion about your ancestors.  I want to get a sense of where you came from and I want to start with the paternal side.  We are going to talk about both.  But start with your ancestors on the paternal side.

Judge: Well like everyone, we all come from somewhere.  My Dad’s mother and father both came from the Ukraine, from a small village near Kiev, as they are referred to in Yiddish – a little “Shtetl.”  Anybody that has seen Fiddler on the Roof would be acquainted with the term.  

They both came to the United States.  In speaking to my grandfather, he said he left when he was age nineteen when he was about to be drafted into the army, and he knew that was a sure way for a short life.  He wanted to be a teacher, at least in Russia, but he left and he met my grandmother, who also came from a small village near there.  They didn’t know each other at that time, but they made their way to Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  I think they each had relatives there and then they met each other.  My father was born in the United States.  ...more