Clinical Professor Emeritus
M.A. Rutgers University, Eagleton Institute for Practical Politics (1968)
J.D. University of Wisconsin - Madison (1974) (cum laude)(Order of the Coif);
Ralph Cagle teaches Negotiation and Mediation, the Legal Profession, Professional Responsibilities and is Director of the law school's Lawyering Skills Program. Prior to joining the faculty in 1990, he was a civil trial lawyer for 17 years and previously was the assistant to the Speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly.
Prof. Cagle is a Fellow in the University of Wisconsin Teaching Academy and is actively involved in campus and national efforts to reform how law school's and the legal profession prepare and train lawyers to practice law. He has served as co-chair of the State Bar of Wisconsin's Committee on Professionalism, chair of the Bar Committee on Continuing Legal Education, and chair of the Transition to Practice Sub-committee of the Wisconsin Legal Education Commission. He also is a past president of the Dane County Bar Association and Vice-Chair of the Wisconsin Supreme Court Board of Bar Examiners. He currently serves as Reporter for the Professional Ethics Committee of the Wisconsin State Bar.
Prof. Cagle is a frequent author and national speaker and trainer on negotiation, mediation and the professional responsibilities of lawyers. He serves as a mediator in business, tort, employment an contract disputes. He represents lawyers in disciplinary and malpractice matters and advises law firms on ethics, malpractice, and law practice management.
He is married to Tonia Neustifter and has four children: Kristin, Nick, Ben and Elizabeth.
Scholarship & Publications
News & Media
Monday, Jan 25, 2016State bar president Ralph Cagle '74 reflects on 25-year career at UW Law
Monday, Aug 17, 2015A Q&A with State Bar President Ralph Cagle '74
Wisconsin State Journal
Friday, Jun 26, 2015Ralph Cagle '74 begins term as 60th president of the State Bar of Wisconsin
Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014Ralph Cagle elected next State Bar president
Monday, Nov 4, 2013Maureen Boyle '94 appointed Barron County Circuit Court judge; Ralph Cagle comments
Monday, Dec 10, 2012Ralph Cagle discusses the role of judges
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel