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    April
    13
    2005

    Winnebago County Bar Awarded for Public Service Project


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    For Immediate Release
      CONTACT: Teresa Weidemann-Smith
    State Bar of Wisconsin
    (800) 444-9404, ext. 6025
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    Winnebago County Bar Awarded for Public Service Project

    MADISON, April 13, 2005 - The State Bar of Wisconsin announces the Winnebago County Bar Association will receive a Local Bar Grant Award for their Domestic Abuse – Orders and Injunctions project. The Award of Exceptional 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 Winnebago County Bar attorneys to address needs in our society and helps to creatively and effectively assist those public needs."

    Members of the Winnebago County Bar Association produced an instructional video/CD to help educate pro se litigants requesting the Court to issue temporary restraining orders and injunctions related to domestic abuse and harassment. Attorneys show the video to litigants to provide the processes of the Court and to answer any questions litigants may have prior to their court appearance. To date, more than 1000 persons in the Winnebago County area have been served by the project.

    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.