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Judge Lee E. Wells earns "Lifetime Jurist Achievement"
MADISON, March 16, 2005 - The Bench and Bar
Committee of the State Bar of Wisconsin announces retired Milwaukee
County Circuit Court Judge Lee E. Wells as the recipient of the State
Bar of Wisconsin's 2004 Lifetime Jurist Achievement Award. The annual
award recognizes a jurist who "made a difference" during tenure on the
bench and will be presented at the State Bar's Annual Convention, May
4-6 at the Midwest Airlines Center in Milwaukee.
"This award recognizes Wells' lifetime contributions to the bench and
bar and to the local community," said Hon. Daniel M. Floeter, Bench Bar
Committee Chair. "He exemplifies the qualities of a great judge."
During his 20 plus years as a circuit court judge, Judge Wells
developed the reputation as an intelligent, patient, hard-working jurist
with a sense of humor. He was instrumental behind Guardian ad Litem
training in Milwaukee County. In collaboration with the Milwaukee County
Bar Association's Family Law Bench-Bar Committee, he established an
annual review seminar for Guardians ad Litem serving in the Family
Division. He played an integral role in improving the local Family
Division rules and actively assisted in revising guidelines for child
support with the state's Bureau of Child Support.
He advocates finding healthier, non-adversarial resolutions to family
law issues by working with local judges, attorneys and mental health
professionals to improve parent education programs and to develop
co-parent counseling options. He supports non-litigation alternatives
including mediation and collaborative family law and was an outspoken
advocate and role model for improving civility in the courtroom.
"He was gifted in sharing legal information and making rulings which
promoted and assured the dignity of all who came before him," said
Michael J. Dwyer, Milwaukee County Circuit Judge. "He spoke directly and
simply to people from his heart."
The Lifetime Jurist Achievement Award recognizes a jurist with at
least 12 years' experience as a trial judge who has demonstrated
outstanding, long-term judicial service during his or her years as a
sitting judge. Past recipients include Hon. Peter G. Pappas, Hon.
Patrick T. Sheedy, Hon. Mark J. Farnum, Hon. P. Charles Jones, Hon.
Edwin C. Dahlberg and Hon. Myron L. Gordon.
For more information about the Lifetime Jurist Achievement Award,
contact State Bar Committee Project Coordinator Patricia Morgan at (800)
444-9404, ext. 6107.
The State Bar of Wisconsin is the mandatory
professional association, created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, for
attorneys who hold a law license in Wisconsin. With more than 20,000
members, the State Bar aids the courts in improving the administration
of justice, provides continuing legal education for its members to help
them maintain their expertise, and assists Wisconsin lawyers in carrying
out community service initiatives to educate the public about the legal
system and the value of lawyers.