|For Immediate Release
||CONTACT: Jason Westphal
State Bar of Wisconsin
(800) 444-9404, ext. 6077
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State Bar Seeks Nominations for 2002 Judicial Awards
MADISON, August 8, 2002 - The State Bar's Bench Bar
Committee is searching for two outstanding jurists to honor through its
judicial awards. Nominations are being sought for the 2002 Judge of the Year Award
and the 2002 Lifetime
Jurist Achievement Award. Both awards will be presented at the 2003
State Bar Annual Convention, May 7 - 9 in Milwaukee at the Midwest
"We want to recognize the important work that the judiciary of
Wisconsin performs for this state," says Raymond Taffora, Bench/Bar
Committee chair. "We, therefore, strongly encourage members of the Bar
and the public to submit letters of nomination for 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 Judge of the Year Award
recipient. Past Judge of the Year recipients include Hon. Dennis Barry,
Hon. Harold Froelich, Hon. Michael Sullivan, Hon. Gary Carlson and Hon.
The Jurist Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a jurist with at
least 12 years' experience as a trial judge who has demonstrated
outstanding, long-term judicial service during his or her years as a
sitting judge. Past recipients include Hon. Peter G. Pappas, Hon.
Patrick T. Sheedy, Hon. Mark J. Farnum, Hon. P. Charles Jones, Hon.
Edwin C. Dahlberg and Hon. Myron L. Gordon.
Send letters of nomination explaining why the nominee is exceptional
to: Bench / Bar Committee, c/o Patricia Morgan, State Bar of Wisconsin,
P.O. Box 7158, Madison, WI 53707-7158, by Oct. 18. For more information,
contact Morgan at (800) 444-9404, ext. 6107, or email org pmorgan wisbar wisbar pmorgan org.
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