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New judge takes office Friday


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- Marathon County officially has a new judge. Lamont Jacobson’s investiture ceremony was held this afternoon at the courthouse, in a packed courtroom surrounded by family, friends, and over a dozen other judges.

Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman administered Jacobson’s oath of office, after he and several colleagues and family members shared stories about the new judges younger days as a prosecutor and public defender. Gableman used to work with Jacobson in the Marathon County District Attorney’s office.

Jacobson says the biggest adjustment for him will be moving from the advocate’s role to the decision maker. “I think just the change from being a prosecutor to now being a judge, and having to look at both sides and treat everyone fairly. Before, I was an advocate. I’m not an advocate any longer.”

As far as the daily workflow, Jacobson says there will still be a great deal of research, preparation and paperwork, but it won’t be in one specific area of law as prosecutors are accustomed to. “It’s a lot more varied. Now I’m dealing with civil law, and all sorts of manor of things that I hadn’t encountered for quite a while in my career, and it’s a change. You see things differently from the bench.”

Jacobson takes over Marathon County Branch Three for the retired Judge Vincent Howard, who was one of the many justices attending the Friday ceremony.

Prior to his many years as a Marathon County prosecutor, Jacobson was the district attorney and family court commissioner in Vernon County and was an assistant district attorney in Dunn County. His wife Anne is presently the Wausau City Attorney.