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    April
    07
    2003

    News Release April 2003: Marathon County Bar receives award for exceptional public service


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    For Immediate Release
      CONTACT: Christi Powers
    State Bar of Wisconsin
    (800) 444-9404, ext. 6025
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    Marathon County Bar receives award for exceptional public service

    MADISON, April 7, 2003 - The Marathon County Bar Association garnered an exceptional achievement award on Friday in Madison from the State Bar of Wisconsin. The award was presented at the 2003 Wisconsin Bar Leaders Conference (WBLC) that provides lawyer-leaders from local bar associations a forum to network and share ideas.

    The Marathon County Bar was recognized for a two-year outreach project that distributed nearly 3,000 brochures published in two Hmong dialects. The brochure serves as a legal guide for Hmong parents that are unfamiliar with the American juvenile justice system. Typically, Hmong families discipline children with less formal legal intervention involving juvenile laws that are more common in western culture.

    "The brochure provides significant information to everyone -- from statewide social workers and guidance counselors, to individual families -- particularly from the Southeast Asian community in Wausau," said Atty. Shane Falk who led the effort. "It should also be noted that the English version has been distributed and the State Director of Courts will soon translate a Spanish version so a larger population can be served."

    Hosted by the State Bar of Wisconsin, the WBLC is well into its 20th year and recognizes county bar associations for volunteer and community service projects. Nearly 100 participants representing more than 50 county or specialty bar associations attended the day-long event.

    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, and assists Wisconsin lawyers in carrying out initiatives to educate the public about the legal system.

    For more information, call Kris Wenzel at (608) 250-6185