“Profound inequities and disparities afflict our criminal justice system. My goal is not only to do justice in every case, but to work collaboratively on reforms to make the justice system more accountable, cost-effective, and fair for all citizens.”
A partner at the Madison law firm Pines Bach, Susan has advocated for constitutional rights and public interests in the Dane County Circuit Court, including fighting for voting rights, defending public education, suing government officials for access to public records, and protecting women’s access to reproductive healthcare.
Susan handled hundreds of criminal cases in the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals as an Assistant Attorney General. She is prepared to preside over criminal trials as judge for Branch 1.
While serving as chief legal counsel in the office of Governor Jim Doyle, Susan Crawford was tasked with ensuring that the Domestic Partnership law, which granted legal rights and status to same-sex couples, was upheld, when opponents claimed it violated the “marriage amendment” to the Wisconsin Constitution. Susan worked closely with outside counsel to develop the constitutional defense of the law. After incoming Governor Scott Walker refused to defend the law, the Wisconsin Supreme Court unanimously upheld the constitutionality of the domestic partnership law. (Appling et al. v. Doyle et al, no. 2010CV4434, 2010).