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    October 04, 2013

    John Doar Accepts Law Foundation’s Goldberg Award, 2013 Class of Fellows Inducted

    Oct. 4, 2013 – Last evening, famed civil rights attorney John Doar received the Wisconsin Law Foundation (WLF) Charles L. Goldberg Distinguished Service Award, and 58 lawyers were inducted into the 2013 Class of Fellows.

    John Doan with Dean Dietrich

    Wisconsin Law Foundation President Dean Dietrich (left) presents the Charles L. Goldberg Distinguished Service Award to civil rights attorney John Doar.

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    Doar received the award for his long-standing record of service to the legal profession and to the public. More than 100 guests attended the annual event in Madison. Guest speakers, Marquette Law School Dean Joseph Kearney and U.W. Law School Dean Margaret Raymond, spoke about the future of legal education in Wisconsin.

    Doar Receives Award

    John Doar, a native of New Richmond, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama in 2012, the highest civilian award given by our government.

    “It is very humbling to read about John Doar,” said WLF President Dean Dietrich noting Doar’s many years of service to profession and the public. “It is rare that you can read a biography and say this gentleman used his law degree and his service to do exactly what everyone of us wanted to do when we started that first day of law school … to give back not just to our community, not just to our law practice, but to give back to our country and society. The history of all that John Doar has participated in – of giving back to our country and our society and to the law – is everything the Goldberg award is meant to honor.”

    Accepting the award, Doar said, “With this award, the truth is you are recognizing a small group of civil rights lawyers who worked tirelessly in the 1960s to see that the voting rights act of 1965 was passed.” Doar served as first assistant to the Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, he prosecuted voting rights cases during a critical time of the civil rights era.

    Doar recognized two Wisconsin lawyers in particular who worked tirelessly with him, “Arvid Sather and the late Richard Cates, both of these men did so much for me.”

    Sather, then a new lawyer (formerly an investigato)r, responded to Doar’s request to come to Washington and help look into voting rights issues. Sather’s investigative skills played a key role tracking and identifying voter fraud. "Arvid taught all the young lawyers coming into the department how to investigate voting rights cases,” said Doar.

    Doar recalled Richard Cates: “Dick came to Washington and worked tirelessly for four months as we developed the materials that led to Nixon’s resignation.” Doar served as special counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s investigation of President Richard Nixon for the Watergate Scandal, which eventually led to Nixon’s impeachment and resignation, a position he said was first offered to and should have gone to Cates – but politics got in the way.

    “My affection and admiration for both of these men is boundless,” he said.

    Fellows class photo

    Seated from left: Thomas G. Ragatz; Bruce D. Huibregtse; John Arthur Busch; Sarah Edelman Coyne; Joseph M. Fasi II; Ralph J. Tease Jr.; Steven A. Levine. Second row from left: David G. Peterson; James F. Boyle; Christina Plum; Julianna Ebert; Frank J. Daily; Robert L. Gegios; Patricia D. Struck. Third row from left: Joshua J. Kindkeppel; Gregory T. Everts; Joseph W. Boucher; Barbara A. Neider; Ann Marie Murphy; William T. Curran; John R. Decker; Mary Joann (Murphy) Werner. Missing from photo: Randall D. Crocker; Peter J. Fox. (Click photo to enlarge.)

    Fifty-eight Fellows were inducted to the 2013 Class of Fellows; 24 attended last night’s event. A complete class roster is included below.

    John Axelrod

    Jon Axelrod, president of The Fellows Board of Trustees, welcomes the 2013 Class of Fellows.

    2013 Class of Fellows Inducted

    This is the 14th class inducted to the Fellows program, increasing membership to 282. Fellows are elected by the Fellows Board of Trustees. The program recognizes members of the profession who are known by their peers for high professional achievements and outstanding contributions to the advancement and improvement of the administration of justice in Wisconsin.

    Jon Axelrod, Fellows Board of Trustees president, welcomed the 2013 Class of Fellows, noting the character traits that this group represents. “We see a group of attorneys with excellent legal skills who zealously represent their clients. They are well schooled in the art of civility. Their integrity and commitment to the rule of law trumps all other interests, and they give back to their community not just with pro bono service but in many other activities,” he said.

    Law School Deans’ Message

    In recent years, commentators and critics have called for legal education reforms to address such things as rising law school costs, student debt, and practical lawyering skills. But what’s the answer?

    According to Marquette Law School Dean Joseph Kearney and U.W. Law School Dean Margaret Raymond, these complex problems are not easily solved. Both addressed numerous suggestions offered in recent years while noting the practical difficulties

    Raymond, who joined U.W. Law School in 2011, commented on the idea of making law school programs two years instead of three, to cut costs, an idea touted by President Barack Obama recently.

    Marquette University and University of Wisconsin Law School deans

    Guest speakers, Marquette Law School Dean Joseph D. Kearney and U.W. Law School Dean Margaret Raymond, spoke about the future of legal education in Wisconsin.

    “A shorter program of legal education would release more lawyers into the job market, not fewer, in effect moving responsibility for the third year of legal education from law schools to you, the practicing bar,” Raymond said.

    Kearney, law school dean at Marquette Law School since 2003, addressed some commentators’ view that law schools should teach less theory, and focus more on practical skills instead.

    “Perhaps the essence of my view can be captured succinctly in one of my colleagues’ comments a number of years ago, in response to someone advocating still more emphasis on skills education and correspondingly less focus on doctrine or theory. He asked, ‘when did ideas stop being important in the practice of law?’.”

    Watch for the Oct. 16 issue of WisBar InsideTrack for more on what these law school deans discussed on the topic of “10 Ways to Fix Legal Education.”

    About the Wisconsin Law Foundation

    The Wisconsin Law Foundation (WLF), founded in 1951, is the charitable arm of the State Bar of Wisconsin. WLF is a charitable and educational organization the 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 systems.

    Fellows of the Wisconsin Law Foundation Class of 2013

    Allen A. Arntsen

    Robert E. Bellin Jr.

    Steven M. Biskupic

    Joseph W. Boucher

    James F. Boyle

    Patrick W. Brennan

    John Arthur Busch

    Justice William G. Callow

    Megan Patricia Carmody

    Sarah Edelman Coyne

    Randall D. Crocker

    William T. Curran

    Frank J. Daily

    Robert W. Dean

    John R. Decker

    Francis W. Deisinger

    Julianna Ebert

    Gregory T. Everts

    Joseph M. Fasi II

    Peter J. Fox

    Robert L. Gegios

    Margaret Wrenn Hickey

    Harry G. Holz

    Bruce D. Huibregtse

    Michael F. Hupy

    Kimberly A. Hurtado

    Barbara J. Janaszek

    Grant C. Killoran

    Joshua J. Kindkeppel

    Jessica J. King

    Kevin G. Klein

    Steven A. Levine

    Gail Ann Lione

    Marsha M. Mansfield

    Joseph A. Melli

    John C. Mitby

    Ann Marie Murphy

    Mary Joann (Murphy) Werner

    Barbara A. Neider

    Paul R. Norman

    Kenneth R. Nowakowski

    Nilesh P. Patel

    David G. Peterson

    Thomas J. Phillips

    Christina Plum

    Thomas G. Ragatz

    Sharren B. Rose

    Robyn S. Shapiro

    Richard E. Sommer

    Patricia D. Struck

    Ralph J. Tease Jr.

    Tim R. Valentyn

    John Duncan Varda

    Eido M. Walny

    Carol J. Wessels

    Adam J. Wiensch

    Ann M. Zimmerman

    Thomas J. Zoesch

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