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State Bar of Wisconsin
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Eau Claire County Bar Awarded for Public Service Project
MADISON, April 13, 2005 - The State
Bar of Wisconsin announces the Eau Claire County Bar Association will
receive a Local Bar Grant Award for their Free Legal Clinic
Website project. The Award of Outstanding Achievement honors
will be presented at the 2005 Wisconsin Bar Leaders' Conference on
Friday, April 15 at the State Bar of Wisconsin Madison.
"The caliber of the local community service programs put forth by
State Bar members is exceptional," said Attorney Ben Brantmeier,
Chairperson of the Local Bar Grant Competition Subcommittee. "This award
recognizes the ability and willingness of Eau Claire County Bar
attorneys to address needs in our society and helps to creatively and
effectively assist those public needs."
Members of the Eau Claire County Bar Association offer free legal
clinics once a month at the Public Library to assist about 50 persons
each month. Clinics focus on various issues, from business law to
intellectual property, bankruptcy to employee benefits, and personal
injury to e-commerce, and more. A newly created website features links
to self-help resources along with brochures and posters directing the
public to the free Legal Clinics.
Each year, local and specialty bar associations develop public
service projects with the help of the State Bar's local bar grants.
Whether the project is a community program, video, publication, or
special conference, bar associations can receive up to $2,000 from the
State Bar Local Bar Grant Competition Committee to address important
community issues and needs.
The State Bar of Wisconsin is the mandatory professional association,
created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, for attorneys who hold a
Wisconsin law license. With more than 21,000 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.
For more information, visit http://www.wisbar.org/bargrant
or contact State Bar of Wisconsin Member Relations and Public Services
Outreach Coordinator Kris Wenzel at (800) 444-9404, ext. 6185.