Charles B. Schudson

  • 1975 - 1982 State/Federal Prosecutor
  • 1982 - 1992 Judge, Wisconsin Circuit Court
  • 1992 - 2004 Judge, Wisconsin Court of Appeals
  • 1999 - 2009 Adjunct Professor of Law, Marquette University,
    University of Wisconsin
  • 2004 - 2006 Senior Counsel, von Briesen & Roper, s.c.
  • 2006 - 2009 General Counsel, La Causa, Inc.
  • 2006 -  President, KeynoteSeminars, LLC


Charles B. Schudson is a Wisconsin Reserve Judge Emeritus, an Adjunct Professor of Law, and President of KeynoteSeminars, LLC.

Judge Schudson graduated from Dartmouth College (Phi Beta Kappa), where he was a Senior Fellow, and from the Wisconsin Law School (Law Review). He served as a state and federal prosecutor (1975-82), a Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge (1982-92), a Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge (1992-2004), Senior Counsel at von Briesen & Roper, s.c. (2004-06), and General Counsel of La Causa, Inc. (2006-09).

Judge Schudson’s honors include the U.S. Justice Department’s Award for Superior Performance, the Wisconsin Child Abuse Prevention Certificate of Special Achievement, Career Youth Development’s “Wisconsin Judge of the Year,” the 1998 National Human Rights Leadership Award, the 2000 Foundation for Improvement of Justice Award, and the 2004 National Exchange Club Book of Golden Deeds Award. In 2009, Judge Schudson was awarded a five year Senior Specialist Fulbright Fellowship.

Judge Schudson has authored hundreds of published appellate opinions and other works including On Trial: America’s Courts and Their Treatment of Sexually Abused Children (Beacon Press: 1989; 2d ed., 1991). He has keynoted conferences throughout the world, and testified before congressional committees on battered women, the impact of unemployment on children and families, and child sexual abuse. He has been a featured guest on numerous shows including The McNeil-Lehrer Report and Oprah.

For many years, Judge Schudson served on the faculties of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the National Judicial College. In 2007, he was the Law and Literature Scholar in Residence at Lawrence University. He taught “Trial Advocacy” at the University of Wisconsin Law School, 1999-2009, and "Preparing Lawyers for Life," a course he created, at both Wisconsin and the Marquette University Law School, 2007-09. A member of the National Association of State Judicial Educators, he specializes in law and literature seminars for judges.

Judge Schudson teaches in both English and Spanish. In 2005, he was the Scholar in Residence at Universidad Diego Portales Law School in Santiago, Chile. In 2006, was an international observer for the presidential election in Venezuela. In 2007 and 2009, he lectured on child sexual abuse at Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile, and at Universidad de León Law School in Mexico.

Judge Schudson is a certified mediator and a litigation/appellate consultant. He is married to Karen Schudson, a marriage/family therapist and mediator, and executive coach. They have two sons and two amazing grandchildren.



“Judge Schudson is an inspiring teacher. His keynotes amaze and motivate; his seminars offer keen insight, warmth and wit.
Judge Schudson may be America's most creative and compelling professional educator.

Steven V. Licata, former Executive Director, The Thomas J. Watson Foundation

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