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    News Release April 2003: Oneida-Vilas-Forest County Bar receives award for exceptional public service

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      CONTACT: Christi Powers
    State Bar of Wisconsin
    (800) 444-9404, ext. 6025
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    Oneida-Vilas-Forest County Bar receives award for exceptional public service

    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 legal system.

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