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The Hon. Thomas Curran, Law '48

Hon. Thomas Curran

“In addition to providing an excellent education, the Marquette emphasis on ethics prepares graduates to meet life’s challenges,” says retired U.S. District Court Judge Tom Curran.

Curran knows a thing or two about the importance of an ethical framework. The esteemed Marquette alumnus crafted many far-reaching decisions as a federal judge in the eastern district of Wisconsin, including the Milwaukee Metropolitan School District desegregation case.

Born and raised in Mauston, Wis., Tom enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served in the Pacific Theater of Operation until his discharge in 1946. Upon his return, he entered Marquette Law School. He has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Service Award from the Wisconsin Law Foundation in 2006.

Tom is a former member of the board of Governors for the State Bar of Wisconsin and served as president of the State Bar in 1972. He was also inducted as a fellow into the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. In addition, he has been a member of the State Judicial Commission, the Wisconsin Judicial Council and the Governor’s Commission on Crime and Law Enforcement. Tom was appointed to the United States District Court in 1983.

He and his wife have six children, all of whom have one or more degrees from Marquette University. Three are graduates of the Law School. Presently, three of his grandchildren attend Marquette.

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