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    They are exemplary on the bench, and make a real difference in the lives of those who appear before them. Now is the time to recognize their achievements – nominate them for Lifetime Jurist or Judge of the Year awards. Nominations are due Jan. 31, 2018.
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    Nov. 15, 2017 – Do you know a judge who is making a difference on the bench, in the community, and in the legal profession?

    Now is your chance to recognize and thank them for their hard work.

    Nominations are needed for the 2018 Lifetime Jurist and Judge of the Year awards. These awards, from the State Bar of Wisconsin Bench and Bar Committee, honor judges who demonstrate outstanding service from the bench.

    Lifetime Jurists – Nominations Due Jan. 31

    Judge Zuidmulder

    Judge Donald Zuidmulder, the 2017 recipient of the Lifetime Jurist Award, served as chief judge of Wisconsin’s 8th Judicial District from 2009 to 2015. Photo: Harmann Studios, Inc.

    The Lifetime Jurist Achievement Award recognizes a jurist who has served more than one full term as a circuit court judge and has demonstrated outstanding, long-term judicial service during his or her years as a sitting judge. The nominee may currently hold a judicial position or be retired.

    Eligibility:

    • Nominee has served as a circuit court judge;

    • Nominee has demonstrated high ideals, exemplary personal character, judicial competence, and has been actively involved in community efforts that enhance the judicial system;

    • Nominee has demonstrated outstanding, long-term judicial service during the years as a sitting judge;

    • Nominee has affected the judicial system in a distinctive manner;

    • Nominee is an example of a fair and impartial jurist.

    To nominate a judge for the Lifetime Jurist Award, submit the application on WisBar.org.

    Past Recipients: Lifetime Jurist

    2017 Donald Zuidmulder, Brown County Circuit Court
    2016 Mel Flanagan, Milwaukee County Circuit Court
    2015 William D. Dyke, Iowa County Circuit Court
    2013 Harold Froelich, Outagamie County Circuit Court
    2012 Barbara A. Kluka, Kenosha County Circuit Court
    2011 Angela Bartell, Dane County Circuit Court
    2010 Thomas H. Barland, Eau Claire County Circuit Court
    2009 Michael N. Nowakowski, Dane County Circuit Court
    2008 Neal P. Nettesheim, Wisconsin Court of Appeals District II
    2007 Michael Skwierawski, Milwaukee County Circuit Court
    2006 Edward R. Brunner, Barron County Circuit Court
    2005 Lee E. Wells, Milwaukee County Circuit Court
    2004 Robert A. Haase, Winnebago County Circuit Court
    2002 Edwin C. Dahlberg, Rock County Circuit Court, & Myron L. Gordon, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District
    2001 P. Charles Jones, Dane County Circuit Court
    2000 Mark J. Farnum, Rock County Circuit Court
    1999 Patrick Sheedy, Milwaukee County Circuit Court, & Peter Pappas, La Crosse County Circuit Court
    1998 John A. Decker, Milwaukee County Circuit Court

    Judge of the Year– Nominations Due Jan. 31

    Judge Mel Flanagan practices and teaches Aikido

    Judge Mel Flanagan, center, pictured here in 2012, practices and teaches Aikido in the Milwaukee area. She holds the rank of fourth-degree black belt. She is the 2016 recipient of the Lifetime Jurist Award.

    The Judge of the Year Award recognizes a sitting circuit court judge who has improved the judicial system during the past year through leadership in advancing the quality of justice, judicial education, or innovative programs. High ideals, personal character, judicial competence, and community involvement are hallmarks of the award recipient.

    Eligibility:

    • Nominee is an outstanding circuit court trial judge who exemplifies a fair and impartial jurist;

    • Nominee has made significant recent contributions in advancing the quality of justice, judicial education, technology, or innovative programs;

    • Nominee has demonstrated high ideals, exemplary personal character, and judicial competence;

    • Nominee is actively involved in community efforts that enhance the judicial system;

    • Nominee may have demonstrated the ability to effectively handle challenging court proceedings.

    To nominate a judge for the Judge of the Year Award, submit the application on WisBar.org.

    Past Recipients: Judge of the Year

    2017 Frederick Rosa, Milwaukee County Circuit Court
    2016 Robert P. VanDeHey, Grant County Circuit Court
    2015 William Domina, Waukesha County Circuit Court
    2014 Jeffrey Kremers, Milwaukee County Circuit Court
    2012 Mary Ann Sumi, Dane County Circuit Court
    2011 Carl Ashley, Milwaukee County Circuit Court
    2010 Benjamin D. Proctor, Eau Claire County
    2009 Tom R. Wolfgram, Ozaukee County Circuit Court
    2008 Frederic W. Fleishauer, Portage County Circuit Court
    2006 Kitty K. Brennan, Milwaukee County Circuit Court
    2005 Mark S. Gempeler, Waukesha County Circuit Court
    2004 John J. Perlich, La Crosse County Circuit Court
    2003 Gerald C. Nichol, Dane County Circuit Court
    2002 Maxine White, Milwaukee County Circuit Court
    2001 Gary L. Carlson, Taylor County Circuit Court
    2000 Michael P. Sullivan, Milwaukee County Circuit Court
    1999 Harold V. Froelich, Outagamie County Circuit Court
    1998 Dennis Barry, Racine County Circuit Court
    1997 Thomas Barland, Eau Claire Circuit Court




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