Kevin Rathburn

Kevin Rathburn

Municipal Judge

Municipal Judge Kevin Rathburn became a full-time faculty member at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in 2000 after serving as an adjunct instructor for nine years. Prior to that, he served for ten years as an Assistant District Attorney for Brown County in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In 2004, Mr. Rathburn became Municipal Judge for the Village of Suamico. He holds BAs in political science and economics from St. Norbert College and a JD from Marquette University Law School.

While in Law school, Mr. Rathburn served as a law clerk to several Milwaukee Circuit Court Judges handling civil and criminal matters and the appeal of cases from local boards and municipal court in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He also completed an internship in public sector labor law with the law firm of Mulcahy and Wherry and an internship with Blue Cross & Blue Shield Insurance Company.

He is a State Certified Instructor for the Wisconsin Technical College System, and he’s certified by the Department of Justice, Training and Standards Board in the areas of Child Maltreatment, Constitutional Law, Corrections Law, Courts and Jurisdiction, Criminal Law, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Criminology, Domestic Violence, Ethics in Criminal Justice, Interviews and Interrogation, Juvenile Law, Report Writing, Sexual Assault and Sensitive Crimes. 

Mr. Rathburn helped create Constitutional Law, Juvenile Law, and Criminal Law manuals for the Wisconsin Dept. of Justice. He has been a member of the Department of Justice Legal Context Advisory Committee since 2005, and he’s served as a Commissioner on the Governor’s Commission on School Violence and the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Commission. He is a past member of the Brown County Youth Aids Committee, Brown County Council on Child Sexual Abuse, Brown County Subcommittee on Underage Drinking, Brown County Consortium on Dysfunctional Families and St. Vincent Hospital’s Child Health Team. 

Since 1991 Mr. Rathburn has made presentations on a wide variety of legal topics at numerous conferences including the Wisconsin Jail Association, Wisconsin Juvenile Officers and Juvenile Intake Workers, the State of Wisconsin DARE Officers Association, the Wisconsin LETAO, the Wisconsin Criminal Justice Instructors, the Wisconsin Arson Investigators, and the Wisconsin Criminal Investigator’s Association. In addition, he frequently provides legal updates for law enforcement and correction agencies. He has also provided in-service training for Unified Tactical instructors, administrators, corrections officers, dispatchers, and casino security staff. 

Since 2007, Mr. Rathburn has been a frequent speaker for the State Supreme Court in its training of Municipal Judges and Court Clerks. Since 2012 he has provided Intake Training for Juvenile Intake Workers throughout Wisconsin. He is a trainer for the Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development system and was a codeveloper of the Basic Intake training. 

Kevin Rathburn is a regular featured presenter at the annual Writer’s Police Academy and for the Writers’ Police Academy Online program. He recently completed work with James Patterson and Maxine Paetro on a crime novel (The 17th Suspect). He has also presented to officers from England and the Caribbean Islands on several occasions. 

In 1994, Mr. Rathburn received the Optimist Law Award for his contribution to the legal field. He also received an Outstanding Teacher Award in 2004, 2005, & 2006 from Who’s Who Among Teachers in American Universities & Colleges and from Who’s Who in Collegiate Faculty in 2007 and 2008. In 2017-18 he was included in Who’s Who in Technical College Faculty. In 2019, he received the Excellence in Teaching Award from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. In 2021, he received the League of Excellence Award for Teaching & Leadership from the League for Innovation.

Family is the most important part of his life, and he spends as much time as possible with his wife, Beth, and their three sons, Sam, Jack, and Ben. He enjoys movies, landscaping, gardening and walks with Beth and their dog Sophie. He and his wife help manage The Society for Faith and Children’s Education, a mission organization that provides education to children in India.  Kevin is an avid Packers fan and enjoys following the Badgers, Brewers, and Bucks. 


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