Judge of the Year Application

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Judge of the Year Application

Eligibility Guidelines

Established to honor a circuit court trial judge who has made significant recent contributions:


  1. Nominee is an outstanding circuit court trial judge who exemplifies a fair and impartial jurist;
  2. Nominee has made significant recent contributions in advancing the quality of justice, judicial education, technology, or innovative programs;
  3. Nominee has demonstrated high ideals, exemplary personal c​haracter, and judicial competence;
  4. Nominee is actively involved in community efforts that enhance the judicial system;
  5. Nominee may have demonstrated the ability to effectively handle challenging court proceedings.


  1. Nominee cannot be campaigning for elected office other than the currently held office during the nomination process; and
  2. Judges who are current members of the Bench and Bar Committee of the State Bar of Wisconsin are not eligible.

Deadline for submittal of nomination materials is February 13, 2017.

To nominate an individual, please submit the following documents by  February 13, 2017 to: Bench and Bar Committee, Attn: Brittney Weiland, P.O. Box 7158, Madison, WI 53707-7158

1) A completed, typewritten or printed nomination form, or fillable nomination form. Please provide both the nominator and candidate information requested.

2) A typewritten or printed letter addressing each of the criteria listed on the Judicial Awards Eligibility Guidelines that are applicable to the award for which you are nominating your candidate. Please also provide concrete examples that will emphasize your nominee's accomplishments, ideals, personal character and judicial competence. Also, please describe in detail your nominee's experience level, including any creative or innovative programs your nominee has implemented, his or her publishing credits and teaching experience, and be sure to include any other relevant information that you believe distinguishes your candidate.

3) Letters of recommendation. In order to provide the selection committee with more information, we suggest you attach at least three, but no more than five, letters of recommendation or testimonials from other individuals (including lawyers, judges, public officials or civic leaders) that address one or more of the criteria for the award for which you are nominating your candidate.

Please send your nomination materials on 8½ x 11" paper, unstapled, identified and clipped together to:

Bench and Bar Committee / Judicial Achievement Awards Subcommittee
c/o Brittney Weiland
State Bar of Wisconsin
P.O. Box 7158
Madison, WI 53707-7158

Please, no fax materials.