Position title: Member, Board of Visitors, Since 2021
BA, 1994, Sociology and Political Science, UW-Madison
JD, 1998, UW-Madison Law School
Phil says that Sociology has given him the tools to critically assess and analyze the socioeconomic impact that exists between citizens and the law, helping him to continually strive to be a fair and compassionate arbiter of justice.
Phil is currently serving his fourth consecutive 4-year elected term as a City of Milwaukee Municipal Judge. He was the first person of Latin descent ever elected to this position in the City of Milwaukee. In this role, Phil also was appointed for 4 years as Chief Judge of the Milwaukee Municipal Courts. Previously, Phil served two elected terms on the bench as a multi-jurisdictional municipal judge in the Dane County communities of Mount Horeb, Primrose and Perry.
As an undergrad, Phil was a member and letter-winner of the UW-Madison 1994 Rose Bowl Championship team. After graduating from law school, he began his legal career in sports law and was an adjunct professor at the UW-Madison Law School for 11 years. Phil also sat on the Special Olympics-Wisconsin Board of Directors for 11 years.
Phil says that his Sociology degree has given him the tools to critically assess and analyze the socioeconomic impact that exists between citizens and the law, helping him to continually strive to be a fair and compassionate arbiter of justice.
Phil and his wife Mary currently reside in Milwaukee and have a son who attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a daughter who lives in Oak Creek.
Phil recently accepted a role as a member of the UW-Madison Letters and Science Alumni of Color Advisory Committee.