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Judge Gerald C. Nichol selected "Judge of the Year"
MADISON, February 25, 2003 - Dane County Circuit
Court Judge Gerald C. Nichol is the State Bar of Wisconsin's 2002 Judge
of the Year. The award will be presented at the State Bar Annual
Convention, May 7-9, in Milwaukee at the Midwest Airlines Center.
The Bench/Bar Committee of the State Bar of Wisconsin annually
recognizes outstanding judges with its 'Judge of the Year' and 'Lifetime
Jurist Achievement' awards. Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Patrick
L. Snyder is this year's Lifetime Achievement recipient.
"We are very pleased to present the Judge of the Year Award to Judge
Nichol, whose high standards, personal character and reasoned approach
to judging make him an ideal award recipient," says Raymond Taffora,
Bench Bar Committee chair.
Nichol earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law
School and has served as a circuit court judge since 1988. Prior to his
judgeship, Nichol practiced law for 25 years with an emphasis on trial
advocacy and labor relations. Active in the James E. Doyle American Inns
of Court, he is a board member of both the Dane County Mediation program
and Supreme Court Judicial Education Committee. Nichol also serves on
Wisconsin's Judicial Council.
In 1992, he was honored with the State Bar of Wisconsin President's
Award, and he was awarded the Dane County Bar Mediation Award in
Additionally, Judge Nichol has served as the chairperson for several
committees focusing on civility in the courts and children. He is
currently on the Board of Directors for the Rubin for Kids Foundation,
an organization that presents awards and college scholarships to at-risk
students. For the past four years, Nichol has served as a weekly
volunteer for Luke House's community meals program.
"The Judge of the Year and Lifetime Achievement designations are
coveted awards by the judges who are so named," says Judge Dennis
Moroney, Jurist Award Subcommittee co-chair. "They indicate a
recognition by both the bench and bar that the award recipients have
gone beyond what was expected of them, and did something extra. It
demonstrates the close working relationship of the bench and bar, and
their combined effort to benefit society. The State Bar's Bench Bar
Committee is proud to be part of the process, and this year's award
winners epitomize the excellence of those that have been recognized as
award recipients since the inception of these awards."
The Judge of the Year Award recognizes a jurist who has improved the
judicial system during the past year by his or her leadership in
advancing the quality of justice, judicial education or innovative
programs. High ideals, personal character, judicial competence and
community involvement are hallmarks of the recipient.
Past Judges of the Year include Hon. Dennis Barry, Racine County
Circuit Court; Hon. Harold Froelich, Outagamie County Circuit Court;
Hon. Michael Sullivan, Milwaukee County Circuit Court; Hon. Gary
Carlson, Taylor County Circuit Court; and Hon. Maxine White, Milwaukee
County Circuit Court.
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