Awards of Excellence

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Awards of Excellence

Multiple awards are presented annually by the Wisconsin Law Foundation to recognize exceptional lawyers from Wisconsin. Members of the Foundation are encouraged to nominate lawyers they feel exemplify these award category descriptions. The awards presented (and criteria for nomination) are:

Charles L. Goldberg Distinguished Service Award each year recognizes one lawyer for lifetime service in the public interest. Criteria – This award's nominees are individual bar members who will be judged based upon their accomplishments in the law, service to the profession and service to the community as a whole over an entire career.
Belle Case LaFollette Outstanding Professional Award recognizes a lawyer whom has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the profession. Criteria – This award's nominees are individual bar members who will be judged based upon their continuing work to advance the system of justice and the tradition and ideals of the legal system, through their sustained efforts involving specific legal projects or organizations.
Gordon Sinykin Award of Excellence recognizes a lawyer, law firm or group of lawyers for their work on an individual law-related education or public service project in the preceding year. Criteria – This award's nominees are either individuals or groups of bar members who will be judged based upon their work to fulfill a single, significant work in a law-related education or public service project during the previous year.
Donald O'Melia Local Service Award recognizes a lawyer who has made a significant public service contribution in his or her local community. Criteria – This award's nominees are individual bar members who will be judged based upon their continuing work to make their community a better place to live, through their sustained efforts involving specific community projects or organizations, whether or not involving their legal expertise.
Truman Q. McNulty Service Award recognizes one lawyer for lifetime service in educating the public in the rule of law. Criteria – This award's nominees are individual bar members who will be selected based upon their accomplishments in lifetime service to the legal profession, the State Bar, the state, and the nation for leadership in educating the public in the rule of law.

Nominating Procedure

Each nomination should include: (1) a letter of nomination, including the reasons for nominating the person for a particular award; (2) the nominee's qualifications in resume or similar format; and (3) a maximum of five letters of recommendation from individuals who are knowledgeable about the nominee's qualifications to receive the award.

Please submit nominations to:

WLF Awards Committee
P.O. Box 7158
Madison, WI 53707-7158

Please contact Beth Drake at (608) 250-6171 for more information.