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Fellows of the Wisconsin Law Foundation

Mission statement

The Wisconsin Law Foundation is a charitable and educational organization that serves to promote public understanding of the law, improvement of the administration of justice and other law-related public service through funding of innovative and creative programs that improve the vision of the American justice system.


The Fellows of the Wisconsin Law Foundation is an honorary program, which recognizes members of the profession in Wisconsin who are known by their peers for high achievements in their profession and outstanding contributions for the advancement and improvement of the administration of justice in the State of Wisconsin.

Fellows History

In 1999, then President of the Wisconsin Law Foundation, G. Lane Ware, announced the formation of the Fellows of the Wisconsin Law Foundation. The WLF board elected a Board of Trustees and four officers to organize the Fellows, and in January 2000, the inaugural class of Fellows was inducted. The first President of the Fellows was the late Truman Q. McNulty whose inspiration and creative energy made possible the development of the Fellows organization.

The Board of Trustees, which includes 12 members and four officers of elects a class annually, based on a list of nominees presented by the Membership Committee from recommendations of members of the Fellows.

Fellows must be lawyers, judges, or teachers of law who are members of the State Bar of Wisconsin in good standing, and are recognized in the legal profession for outstanding attainment in professional, public, or private careers for devotion to the welfare of their community, state, and nation and the advancement of the legal profession.

"An invitation to be a member of the Fellows is a meaningful distinction. Those who receive this personal and professional honor take pride in knowing that their participation in the Fellows sets the standard for all State Bar members."

John S. Skilton
WLF President 2000
Fellows Class of 2000