JUDICIAL INVESTITURE OF WISCONSIN'S FIRST FILIPINO CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE
Prior to his appointment, Ramos was the legal director of the Eviction Defense Project for the Legal Action of Wisconsin since 2016. Before that, Ramos worked at Quarles & Brady LLP and as in-house counsel for GE Healthcare.
Former Chief Judge Mary E. Triggiano saluted Ramos’ work with the eviction project. “Raphael has a track record of improving the administration of justice. Through his exemplary work with the Eviction Defense Project, he reshaped and improved landlord-tenant law in Milwaukee for the benefit of countless individuals and families.” Ramos immigrated with his family to the U.S. at the age of two and became Wisconsin’s first Filipino judge. Ramos’ parents helped found the Philippine Cultural and Civic Center Foundation.
“His unique perspective as an immigrant, and his breadth of legal knowledge, ranging from environmental law to corporate and non-profit work, will allow him to make well-rounded and just decisions on the court,” said Judge Pedro Colón.
Ramos is being appointed to Branch 24, filling the vacancy being created by Judge Janet Protasiewicz’s election to the Wisconsin Supreme Court... Ramos is currently Legal Action of Wisconsin’s Milwaukee Housing Law Unit supervisor and, since 2016, has been the director of LAW’s Eviction Defense Project. The Eviction Defense Project, which he developed and implemented, expanded access to legal services available for low-income tenants and helped reshape the landscape of housing law in Milwaukee. Ramos began his legal career as an attorney at Quarles & Brady, where he provided compliance-related regulatory counsel to corporate clients, principally in the area of brownfield redevelopment, and also worked on the in-house legal team at GE Healthcare.
Ramos is a graduate of Drake University and Marquette University Law School. He is active in a variety of professional and community organizations, including the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic, the Philippine Cultural and Civic Center Foundation, and the Wisconsin Justice Initiative.