Danielle Shelton is a fighter for justice.
As African-American woman born and raised in Milwaukee, Danielle and her daughters have been the recipient of targeted harassment, sexism, and racism, but have persevered to succeed in their endeavors.
Danielle was arrested in her twenties for arguing with her partner on a city street in Waukesha County. Her misdemeanor conviction reminds her every day that Black citizens are held to a different standard, and often criminalized, for behavior that for the majority wouldn’t likely even merit a second look.
Despite her arrest, for which she paid a $100 fine, Danielle served her country honorably for 6 years in the U.S. Army, including one year as a recruiter; she earned securities licenses while working in the financial industry; and she put herself through law school while raising two daughters as a single mom. When her daughters’ father fell far behind in child support payments, Danielle was forced into bankruptcy, but she’s still succeeded as an attorney, working as a trial attorney in the Wisconsin State Public Defenders’ office. Raising her daughters in Shorewood, the only Black family on their block, means the whole family has faced harassment as well. Danielle successfully enlisted the help of the ACLU to force a Shorewood police officer and a neighbor to stop victimizing her family. In one instance, Danielle was taken to court after her daughter was called a n***** online. Again, Danielle won and the harassment stopped.
Her daughters have earned degrees from Loyola University, Brown University, and Johns Hopkins University, and one is working as a business executive and model while the other readies to enter graduate school.
Danielle has persevered. Danielle has overcome.
And it’s time now to put a strong legal leader, who will be fair and just in the courtroom, on the Milwaukee County Circuit Court bench. Danielle would be only the 3rd African-American woman ever to serve as a county judge in Wisconsin, after Vel Phillips and Maxine White.
Below is a list of some of Danielle’s long history of advocacy and fighting against oppression:
At age 13, Danielle marched with National Association of Black Veterans (NABV) for better benefits for soldiers affected by Agent Orange. She would later go to continue to volunteer and advocate for Black Veterans.
Worked with Senator William Proxmire to get her fathers military record corrected to return his purple heart and restored to an Honorable Discharge, so that he could receive veterans benefits and much needed medical help.
Volunteered with Planned Parenthood.
Had first trial at age of 18, in front of City of Milwaukee Municipal Judge, Jim Gramling, when defended against a ticket for Driving too Fast for Conditions. Danielle had call the police for help, after her car slid into a snow bank during a snow storm, and they gave her a ticket. She won the trial.
Successfully sued a Fortune 500 company on behalf of an indigent elderly woman.
Successfully litigated Russ v. Russ, 2007 WI 83, a Wisconsin Supreme Court case regarding the interplay between a Power of Attorney and a Joint account holder
For several years, Danielle worked as a Birth Doula, advocating and comforting laboring mothers. Danielle has attended about 40 births at homes, different area hospitals and as an employee at Columbia Center Birth Hospital.