Dec. 7, 2011 – The State Bar annually recognizes attorneys, judges, law firms, organizations, and law students who have made outstanding pro bono, public service, or public education contributions. If you know of an individual or organization that should be recognized, contact the State Bar by Jan. 31 (unless otherwise noted).
Pro bono service
The Legal Assistance Committee recognizes attorneys or organizations for their outstanding pro bono service. These awards may be given to honor attorneys in private, government, or corporate practice. Pro bono projects by private law firms, bar associations or other organizations may also be recognized. Awards are given to recognize efforts that provide legal services to low- and moderate-income people, explore new ways to increase the accessibility of legal services, provide encouragement and assistance to others in improving legal services delivery, or promote pro bono service for Wisconsin lawyers. Contact org jbrown wisbar Jeffery Brown at (800) 728-7788, ext. 6177, (608) 250-6177 or download the nomination form on the Legal Assistance Committee web page.
The Public Interest Law Section seeks nominations for the Dan Tuchscherer Outstanding Public Interest Law Attorney Award, which recognizes a lawyer who has demonstrated a selfless, lifetime commitment to working in the public interest, both inside and outside the field of law. The section also seeks nominations for the Outstanding Public Interest Law Student Award for the U.W. and Marquette law schools. Nominations for the student wards are due by Dec. 31. Contact Salud Garcia at (800) 728-7788, ext. 6190, or (608) 250-6190.
The Public Education Committee (formerly Law-related Education Committee) seeks nominations for the Public Education Attorney of the Year Award. This award honors an attorney who has demonstrated excellence in promoting and supporting statewide efforts to educate the public, encourage understanding and respect for the legal system, and foster appreciation of the rights and responsibilities of all persons under the law. Contact Marsha Varvil-Weld at (800) 728-7788, ext. 6191, or (608) 250-6191.
The Wisconsin Lawyers Assistance Program (WisLAP) seeks nominations for the WisLAP Volunteer of the Year Award. This award honors a lawyer or judge who has provided confidential, meaningful assistance, educational outreach or other volunteer service through the WisLAP program. Contact org lalbert wisbar Linda Albert at (800) 728-7788, ext. 6172, or (608) 250-6172.
Wisconsin Law Foundation
The Wisconsin Law Foundation seeks nominations for two awards. The Belle Case LaFollette Outstanding Professional Award recognizes a lawyer who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the profession. The Donald O’Melia Local Service Award recognizes a lawyer who has made a significant public service contribution in his or her local community. Contact Natasha Fahey-Flynn at (800) 728-7788, ext. 6015, or (608) 250-6015.
Senior Lawyers Division
The Senior Lawyers Division seeks candidates for the annual Leonard L. Loeb Award. Nominees must be 60 years or older, have improved the legal system, and shown leadership in advancing the quality of justice for all. The award recognizes a lawyer who has made significant contributions to the legal community, has shown respect for the legal system, and has demonstrated a love for the law and what it seeks to accomplish. For more information, visit the SLD webpage on WisBar® or contact Beth Drake at (800) 444-9404, ext. 6171, or (608) 250-6107. The deadline for nominations for this award is Feb. 8.
Awards presentation celebration
The awards will be presented at the Member Recognition and Networking Celebration on June 14 during the 2012 State Bar Annual Meeting in Wisconsin Dells. The Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the June 13 - 15, 2012, State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE™ Real Estate & Business Law Institute.