Wisconsin's first female supreme court justice honored

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The first female State Supreme Court justice is being honored in Madison Tuesday.

Last week Madison's Common Council declared June 18th ‘Justice Shirley Abrahamson Day' in Madison.

Abrahamson was first appointed to the court in 1976 and served as Chief Justice from 1996 until 2015.

Gov. Tony Evers became emotional when describing her legacy.

"Justice Abrahamson will always be recognized for the many things where she was first,” said Gov. Evers. “But her true legacy is for the many things that will last in her opinions, in her principals, and in her inspiration for all Wisconsinites. As governor and behalf of the people of Wisconsin, thank you Justice Abrahamson."

Abrahamson recently stepped down after learning she had cancer and was succeeded on the bench by Justice Brian Hagedorn.