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    Honor a Solo or Small-firm Leader: Nominations for Lederer Award Due Aug. 31

    Honor a leader in solo and small-firm practice: The State Bar of Wisconsin Solo/Small Firm & General Practice Section is seeking nominations for their 2022 John Lederer Service Award. Nominations are due Aug. 31.

    July 20, 2022 – It’s time to start thinking about the best parts of fall – and that includes the Wisconsin Solo & Small Firm Conference (WSSFC) in October.

    But before we gather to earn CLE, network, and have fun, your help is needed.

    We are seeking ​ nominations for the 2022 John Lederer Service Award​, sponsored by the State Bar of Wisconsin Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Section.

    The award is presented at the annual WSSFC, which will be in person Oct. 27-29 at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells and virtual Nov. 14-16.

    The deadline to submit nominations is Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022. Nominations may be sent via letter or by using the section-provided 2022 Lederer Award Nomination Form.

    Who was John Lederer?

    John Lederer

    Lederer was a visionary when it came to integrating technology into the practice of law. He chaired the State Bar’s Technology Resource Committee (TRC). While serving on the TRC, he took on the copyright controversy with Westlaw and facilitated Wisconsin’s universal citation program.

    The universal citation, issued by courts, prevents any company from claiming a copyright on the publication of cases, making them available to attorneys at no cost.

    Lederer was key in creating the Solo & Small Firm Conference and saw it as an opportunity to better the practices and lives of Wisconsin’s attorneys.

    Past Recipients of the John F. Lederer Service Award

    About the John Lederer Service Award

    The Lederer Award recognizes lawyers focused on improving the lives and practices of solo and small-firm attorneys in Wisconsin. It is presented annually to an individual, group, or organization exemplifying the leadership, spirit, and dedication of attorney John Lederer of Oregon, Wisconsin, who saw it as his mission to help solo and small-firm lawyers master the skills and technology needed to build their practices

    The only criteria for a Lederer Service Award is that the nominee shows leadership in furthering the mission of the Wisconsin Solo and Small Firm Conference – which is to educate and support solo and small-firm attorneys as they practice law, manage their businesses, and enjoy their lives.

    Nominations are evaluated on the nominee’s continued, selfless service to projects, efforts, or organizations of benefit to solo and small-firm practitioners across Wisconsin.

    Nominations Due Aug. 31

    Nominations may be sent via letter or by using the section-provided 2022 Lederer Award Nomination Form. Nomination letters or the completed form should be sent to section board and award selection committee member Nancy L. Trueblood at

    Nominations via letters should include:

    • name and contact information of the person making the nomination;

    • name and contact information of the individual, group, or organization being nominated;

    • a one-paragraph statement on how the nominee meets the criteria for the award.

    Registration Is Open for the 2022 Wisconsin Solo & Small Firm Conference

    The John Lederer Service Award will be presented at noon on Friday, Oct. 28, 2021, at the Wisconsin Solo & Small Firm Conference (WSSFC).

    The 2022 WSSFC takes place in person at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells on Oct. 27-29, 2022, and online Nov. 14-16, 2022.

    Register via’s Marketplace. For more information, visit

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