2003 - 2004 LEGISLATURE
October 6, 2003 - Introduced by Representatives Musser, Huebsch, Johnsrud and
Albers, cosponsored by Senators Brown, Schultz and M. Meyer. Referred to
Committee on Rules.
AJR49,1,1 1Relating to: the life and public service of Judge James W. Rice.
AJR49,1,32 Whereas, Judge James W. Rice was born in Sparta, Wisconsin, on October 19,
31924, and died at his home on May 30, 2003, in Sparta, Wisconsin; and
AJR49,1,54 Whereas; he graduated from Sparta High School in 1942 and from the
5University of Wisconsin Law School in 1950; and
AJR49,1,86 Whereas, James W. Rice served in the United States Armed Forces in World
7War II as a medic with the 4th Infantry Division and was awarded the Purple Heart
8after being wounded in combat; and
AJR49,1,109 Whereas, he married Barbara Hughes on November 21, 1953, and together
10they raised and enjoyed their 5 children; and
AJR49,1,1311 Whereas, James W. Rice practiced law for 14 years and in 1964 was appointed
12Monroe County circuit judge and served with fairness and understanding in that
13position for 31 years; and
1Whereas, Judge Rice gained national attention by challenging the federal
2government over jurisdiction of the Cuban juvenile refugees housed at Fort McCoy;
AJR49,2,64 Whereas, throughout his life, Judge James W. Rice willingly shared his
5knowledge as a member of the Wisconsin Bar Association, chairing numerous
6committees and serving as a faculty member; and
AJR49,2,87 Whereas, Judge Rice always remained loyal to his hometown of Sparta and was
8an active and contributing member of the community; now, therefore, be it
AJR49,2,13 9Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the members of the
10Wisconsin legislature recognize the life and years of public service of Judge James
11W. Rice and acknowledge their appreciation for the contributions that he has made
12to our judicial system, express their sorrow at his death, and extend their
13condolences to his family and friends; and, be it further
AJR49,2,17 14Resolved, That the assembly chief clerk shall provide a copy of this joint
15resolution to his wife, Barbara, of Sparta; and to their children, Catherine, of New
16York City, New York, Elizabeth, of Oshkosh, John, of Elko, Nevada, Robert, of Salt
17Lake City, Utah, and Thomas, of Bluff, Utah.
AJR49,2,1818 (End)