WISCONSIN, NOVEMBER — Following a successful debate in Madison yesterday, Ed Fallone, candidate for Wisconsin State Supreme Court, today announced the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 212. In addition, Ed Fallone announced the endorsement of the Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association (WHLA), an organization that Ed served as a former president and Board Member.
The American Federation of Teachers Local 212 represents over 1,400 faculty, professional staff and counsellors at the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC). It’s long history of representing faculty at MATC dates back to 1931. Local 212 is dedicated to professional development, shared decision-making, academic freedom, and tenure as the foundations of student success.
“I am honored to have the educators of Wisconsin support my candidacy for the Supreme Court. As the son of a public high school teacher, who was a proud union member, and as a current educator myself, I understand the vital role that AFT Local 212 plays in preparing students for careers that offer a living wage and the opportunity for economic advancement,” said Fallone upon receiving the endorsement.
The Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association is a professional association for Wisconsin lawyers. It provides the opportunity for networking, and professional development to it members, and advises the Wisconsin State Bar and the broader legal community on issues of concern to Wisconsin’s Latino community.
“Simply put, Ed has been an integral part of the development of the WHLA and other organizations past and present, serving the legal needs of the Latino community. His experiences, both personal and professional, will bring a new perspective and voice – one not currently represented – to our highest court. WHLA is privileged to have Ed as such a long standing member of our organization and to support his candidacy.” said Michelle Velasquez, speaking on behalf of the Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association.
Ed previously served as President, Treasurer, and Board member for the WHLA. While President, Ed successfully worked with a coalition including the Milwaukee Public Schools and Native American Tribes to lobby against state and local English-Only legislation. He also met with elected officials to discuss federal immigration legislation and he successfully expanded the WHLA’s membership base.
Ed Fallone is a constitutional law scholar who has devoted over 27 years of his life to the law and ensuring that the Wisconsin legal system works for all Wisconsinites. He has taught over 2,300 Wisconsin lawyers including judges and elected officials. Ed will be the first Latino to serve on our state’s highest court and will bring expertise in corporate and criminal law to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. His mother was a Mexican immigrant and his father was a teacher, he comes from a working class family and has two children who attended Yale University and the American University School of International Service. Ed is running for Wisconsin Supreme Court to preserve the independence of the judiciary and defend our rights to equal treatment under the law and self-governance.
The primary election for the Supreme Court will be held February 18, 2020.