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    Honor a Solo or Small-firm Leader: Nominations for Lederer Award Due Sept. 8

    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 2023 John Lederer Service Award. Nominations are due Sept. 8.

    Nancy L. Trueblood

    July 19, 2023 – 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 gathering to earn CLE, network and have fun, your help is needed.

    We are now accepting nominations for the 2023 John Lederer Service Award, sponsored by the State Bar of Wisconsin Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Section.

    The award is presented at the 2023 WSSFC, which will be in-person Oct. 19-21, 2023, at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells.

    About the Lederer Award

    The Lederer Award recognizes lawyers focused on improving the lives and practices of solo and small firm attorneys in Wisconsin. The only criteria for the 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.

    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.

    two people smiling at the camera with one holding an award

    Kate Knowlton (left), pictured here with award committee chair Nancy Trueblood, is the 2022 recipient of the section's John Lederer Distinguished Service Award. She received the award at the Wisconsin Solo & Small Firm Conference in Wisconsin Dells in October 2022.

    Nominations Due Sept. 8

    The deadline for nominations is Friday, Sept. 8. Nominations may be sent as a letter via email or by using the nomination form available for section members on (login required).

    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; and

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

    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.

    Registration is Open for the 2023 Wisconsin Solo & Small Firm Conference

    wssfc 2023 logo

    The John Lederer Service Award will be presented at noon on Friday, Oct. 20, 2023, at the Wisconsin Solo & Small Firm Conferenc (WSSFC).

    The 2023 WSSFC takes place in person at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells on Oct. 19-21, 2023. Register for your room by Sept. 18 for the best rate.

    Register via’s Marketplace. For more information, visit

    Who was John Lederer?

    John Lederer

    John H. Lederer (1948-2009) saw it as his mission to help solo and small-firm lawyers master the skills and technology needed to build their practices. A 1973 U.W. Law School graduate, he was a visionary when it came to integrating technology into the practice of law, and chaired the State Bar’s Technology Resource Committee (TRC) from 1991 to 1996.

    While serving on the TRC in 1996, he took on the copyright controversy with Westlaw, participating in an ad hoc coalition that defeated a legislative attempt to create private-publisher property interest in federal case law, 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.

    Past Recipients of the John F. Lederer Service Award

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