Vol. 76, No. 7, July
106th woman admitted to Wisconsin Bar made
her mark; book and video available on first 150 women admitted to
Verne-Marie Freeman Slade, the 106th woman admitted to the Wisconsin
Bar and one of the women featured in Pioneers in the Law: The First 150
Women, passed away this spring.
Verne-Marie Freeman Slade, the 106th woman admitted to the State Bar
of Wisconsin, recently passed away at her home in Placerville, Calif.
She was 92. After graduating from U.W. Law School in 1935 at the age of
25, she practiced for more than 56 years providing estate, financial
planning, and taxation services.
Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1940 and the California Bar in
1942, Slade applied for a position in a prestigious San Francisco firm
and was met with a "firm policy" on not hiring women. Undeterred, she
joined theSan Francisco firm of Rogers and Clark, where she remained for
eight years before venturing out to form her own solo practice in both
California and Connecticut.
Slade's transition into the practice of law in Connecticut did not
come easily. She applied for admission to the Connecticut Bar without
taking an examination on the basis that she had been a practicing
attorney in other states. This request ignited a fire that smoldered for
19 months. It burned all the way from the Middlesex County Superior
Court to the Connecticut Supreme Court. In the end, Slade was the victor
and was granted admission to the Connecticut Bar in 1975.
In 1998 the State Bar published a book and a 23-minute video,
Pioneers in the Law: The First 150 Women, to honor the first
150 women admitted to practice in Wisconsin. "The stories of these women
are great history lessons for us all and help us understand the
development of Wisconsin's justice system," says Past President Pat
Ballman. "Their stories are moving and exhilarating, and some, like
Verne Freeman Slade's, are stories of personal triumph."
The book and video present biographies and celebrate the achievement
of the women who paved the path for today's women lawyers.
To download the book visit www.wisbar.org/bar/pioneers. The print version
is $5 and the video is $7, plus tax, shipping, and handling. To order
contact the State Bar at (800) 728-7788.
Equal Justice Fund seeks nominations for
Howard B. Eisenberg, the late dean of Marquette University
Law School, was a beacon of hope to countless individuals whose lives
were touched by his acts in and out of the courtroom. In his honor,
Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund (WEJF) will recognize one individual for
lifetime achievement in the delivery and development of pro bono legal
services. The award will be presented on Nov. 22 at a dinner at the
Hilton Milwaukee Center.
Nominees must have a demonstrable dedication to the development and
delivery of pro bono legal services. Nominees must show a record of
outstanding effort and accomplishments in one or more of the following
areas: direct provision of pro bono legal services to underserved
segments of the population; development of innovative methods for the
delivery of pro bono legal services; participation in and support of
legislative or litigation-based initiatives to increase access to pro
bono legal services; and improvement of awareness of the legal service
needs of underserved populations.
Nominations are due Aug. 1. To download a nomination form, visit www.e-justice.org/awardform.shtml
or call Nina M. Jones, WEJF executive director, at (262) 522-6836.
In 1996, the State Bar helped fund the start-up of the Equal Justice
Coalition, now the Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund. WEJF's mission is to
build the base of financial resources in support of Wisconsin's pro bono
legal service providers.
Celebrate Wisconsin's history at
For more information on Wisconsin's legal history, visit www.wisbar.org. A new
feature on WisBar, Celebrating Wisconsin's Rich Legal History,
is a permanent archive of important events and biographies in
Wisconsin's legal history. It describes events and activities
commemorating the important role the legal profession, the organized
Bar, and Wisconsin courts have played in the state's development over
the past 150 years. Peruse a collection of legal history-related
materials written over time, plus new materials prepared in celebration
of the State Bar's 125th and the Wisconsin Supreme Court's 150th
anniversaries in 2003.
Records Management introduces and revises
criminal, juvenile, and civil court forms
The Wisconsin Records Management Committee, an advisory committee to
the Director of State Courts Office, which develops and distributes
mandated court forms, updated and introduced the following forms. Key:
New (N)/Revised (R)
Criminal Forms - release date April 28
CR-245 (N) Request and Order to Correct Clerical Error in Judgment of
CR-253 (N) Order for Reconfinement after Revocation of Extended
CR-261 (R) Verification of Time Served, § 973.195
Juvenile Forms - release date June 3
JC-1611 (R) Dispositional Order - Protection or Services (chapter
JC-1691 (R) Notice of Hearing - Temporary Restraining Order (child
JC-1692 (R) Injunction (child abuse)
JD-1712 (R) Waiver of Participation in Nonsecure Physical Custody
JD-1718 (R) Statement of Income, Assets, Debts, and Living Expenses
JD-1722 (R) Petition for Waiver of Jurisdiction
JD-1745 (R) Dispositional Order - Delinquent
JD-1746 (R) Dispositional Order - Protection or Services (chapter
JD-1766 (R) Request to Change Placement, Revise/Extend Dispositional
JD-1784 (R) Consent Decree (in-home Placement only)
JD-1785 (R) Consent Decree (out-of-home placement only)
JD-1788 (R) Order for Extension of Dispositional Order (out-of-home
JD-1789 (R) Order for Change of Placement (in-home to out-of-home
Civil Forms - release date June 2
CV-404 (R) Injunction (domestic abuse)
CV-407 (R) Injunction (harassment)
CV-413 (R) Notice of Hearing - Temporary Restraining Order (child
CV-414 (R) Injunction (child abuse)
CV-427 (R) Poverty Guidelines for Earnings
CV-429 (R) Notice of Hearing - Temporary Restraining Order (vulnerable
CV-431 (R) Order Extending Injunction - Domestic Abuse/Child Abuse
CV-432 (R) Notice of Firearms Possession Penalties
CV-433 (R) Petition to Return Firearm(s)
CV-438 (R) Prisoner's Petition for Waiver of Prepayment of Fees/Costs -
Affidavit of Indigency
Forms and form summaries are available online in PDF or MS Word
format at www.wicourts.gov/circuit/search_forms.html.
For more information, contact Judy Mahlkuch at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (608) 266-7143.