February 15, 2007
A great judge
When you met Judge Tom Fairchild, you felt that you were meeting someone significant. If you are a lawyer, you knew you were. When former Chief Justice Nat Heffernan and current Chief Abrahamson call him one of the greatest jurists in our history, you know he was.
I liked him for lots of reasons. He was a regular person who fought hard for his belief in our system. He ran against Joe McCarthy saying, asccording to MJS, that "McCarthy was chasing Communists, not working for Wisconsin Farmers and businesses." Former governor Lucey said Fairchild's losing race against the demogague McCarthy was "the contest of which I was the most proud."
He had a great sense of justice, a good sense of humor and the capacity to make us better people and citizens. Wisconsin is a better place because of Tom Fairchild.
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