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    News Release April 2003: Bar awards recognize public service projects

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    For Immediate Release
      CONTACT: Jason Westphal
    State Bar of Wisconsin
    (800) 444-9404, ext. 6077
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    Bar awards recognize public service projects

    MADISON, April 2, 2003 - The State Bar of Wisconsin is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2001-03 Local Bar Grant Awards. The honors will be presented in conjunction with the 2003 Wisconsin Bar Leaders' Conference, to be held on Friday, April 4 in Madison.

    Local Bar Grant Awards are given to local and specialty bar associations that have completed public service projects during the past two years. To qualify, an association must develop and work on a project that is novel and has statewide application. The work product must also be made available for dissemination to other bar associations, and members must actively participate in developing or implementing the project. The following entities were able to successfully meet the competition's criteria:

    Award of Achievement

    • Lincoln County Bar Association - For the development and presentation of a curriculum on topics of contractual obligations.
    • Milwaukee Bar Association - For its survey of every court system in Milwaukee County with the objective of stimulating improvement in the respective system.

    Award of Outstanding Achievement

    • Brown County Bar Association - For the development and distribution of a brochure, translated in Spanish, on what to do in case of an accident.
    • Oneida-Vilas-Forest County Bar Association - For the production of a videotape on orientation to the family court mediation process.
    • Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association - For the development and distribution of a booklet in Spanish on immigration laws.

    Award of Exceptional Achievement

    • Manitowoc County Bar Association - For the development of a program on protecting finances in personal relationships.
    • Marathon County Bar Association - For the development and distribution of booklets, in Hmong, regarding juvenile criminal, CHIPS proceedings and family law issues.
    • Richland County Bar Association - For establishing a pro se center for post divorce litigation.
    • St. Croix Valley Bar Association - For its work on the 10th Judicial Circuit Pro Se Litigants Project by developing pro se forms for divorce with children and without children
    • Vernon County Bar Association - For the development of a mediation service in the areas of small claims, juvenile/victim restitution and minor post-divorce financial disputes.

    "Volunteer lawyers and associations are encouraged to follow the lead of these award winners, and promote a positive image by implementing programs that meet their community's needs," said Atty. Ben Brantmeier, chairperson of the Local Bar Grant Competition Subcommittee. "The local bar grant program is designed to provide seed money for those programs."

    For more information, visit the Local Bar Grant Competition page or contact Kris Wenzel at (800) 444-9404, ext. 6185.