Lakeland University will formally celebrate the start of the academic year with its annual Opening Convocation on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 11 a.m. in the Bradley Theatre.
The keynote message will be given by Judge Kashoua Kristy Yang, a circuit court judge in Milwaukee County who received her bachelor's degree in computer science from Lakeland in 2003.
She was elected to the bench on April 4, 2017, becoming the first Asian American judge to be elected in Wisconsin without appointment, and the first elected judge of Hmong ethnicity (without appointment) in the United States.
Prior to ascending to the bench, Yang was a private practice attorney representing individuals in family law, worker's compensation and social security disability matters. Yang has spent significant time on various pro bono and community efforts, such as the volunteer legal clinic and the Legal Options for Trafficked and Underserved Survivors.
Prior to her assignment to children's court, she was in criminal misdemeanor court.