Dec. 5, 2012 – The State Bar annually recognizes attorneys, judges, law firms, organizations, and law students who have made outstanding pro bono and public interest 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 Jeffery Brown at (800) 728-7788, ext. 6177, (608) 250-6177 or download the nomination form on the Legal Assistance Committee web page. Nominations are due Jan. 11.
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. This award is not limited to lawyers who work in the nonprofit sector. 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 Health Law Section seeks nominations for the Health Law Attorney of the Year Award. This award recognizes a lawyer for contributions to the preservation and enhancement of the health and life of the people of Wisconsin.
The pro bono and public interest awards will be presented at the 2013 Access to Justice Conference on March 8 in Madison. The Health Law Attorney of the Year Award will be presented at the Health, Labor, and Employment Law Institute in August.