|For Immediate Release
||CONTACT: Christi Powers
State Bar of Wisconsin
(800) 444-9404, ext. 6025
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Nomination Search Launched for 2003 Judicial Awards
MADISON, October 6 - The State Bar of Wisconsin's
Bench and Bar Committee seeks nominations for two outstanding jurists to
receive judicial awards for their efforts to improve the quality of
justice during 2003.
Since 1996, the Judge of the Year Award recognizes jurists who
advance the quality of justice through leadership, judicial education,
or commitment to innovative programs that benefit the community. Ideal
nominees will have high ideals, personal character and judicial
competence while serving the community.
The 2003 Lifetime Jurist Achievement Award recognizes an individual
with at least 12 years of trial judge experience. Recognizing jurists
since 1997, the award honors individuals who have demonstrated long-term
judicial excellence and leadership toward improving the quality of
"Acknowledging the dedication and hard work of Wisconsin's judiciary
is important," said Attorney Raymond Taffora, Bench and Bar committee
chair. "Not only do we encourage members of the legal community to
submit nominations but we also hope the public will participate as
Both awards will be presented at the State Bar's annual convention,
May 5 to 7, 2004, at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison.
The deadline to submit nominations is Dec. 12, 2003. For eligibility
guidelines visit http://www.wisbar.org/Committees/bb/awards/.
For other questions or additional information contact Pat Morgan (608)
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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 to help them maintain their
expertise, and assists Wisconsin lawyers in carrying out community
service initiatives to educate the public about the legal system and the
value of lawyers.