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Oneida-Vilas-Forest County Bar receives award for exceptional public
MADISON, April 7, 2003 - The Oneida-Vilas-Forest
County Bar Association garnered an outstanding 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 award recognizes a year-long project spearheaded by the
Oneida-Vilas-Forest County Bar for producing a family court mediation
video that illustrates how to use the mediation process rather than
going to court. Mediation offers an alternative to court proceedings and
reduces judicial caseloads on minor matters.
"The State Bar grant allowed us to create the video for people who
are in the process of divorce. We hope it will be extremely useful in
saving people time, money and frustration," said Atty. Andy Smith, who
coordinated the project. "It can also serve as a tool to help people
manage their expectations and learn more about family law issues."
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
For more information, call Kris Wenzel at (608) 250-6185