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    October 20, 2015

    New Public Education Program Brings Criminal Court to Life

    Madison, WI – The State Bar of Wisconsin is launching the third installment of its Our Courts Wisconsin public education program, focusing on the ins-and-outs of the criminal court system.

    “This new presentation gives judges and attorneys excellent opportunities to inform the public about aspects of the criminal justice system as it actually works in Wisconsin, as opposed to what people glean from watching television and movies,” said Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge Brian Blanchard, who is co-chair of the State Bar’s Public Education Committee.

    The new program, which joins two others that are already available to groups, features clips from movies and notable court cases, with presenters breaking down the scenes and explaining how each one demonstrates an element of a criminal proceeding.

    Katie StenzFor more information contact Katie Stenz, public relations coordinator, State Bar of Wisconsin. She can be reached at org kstenz wisbar wisbar kstenz org, or by phone at (608) 250-6025.

    “We have tried to make the presentation engaging and thought-provoking for a general audience, while touching on a fairly broad range of basic issues,” Judge Blanchard said.

    Each program is developed by a team of lawyers and judges who work together to establish a group of trained speakers for Our Courts.

    All of the educational programs are free of charge and are geared toward community and school groups who can book the presentations for events and meetings – everything from lunch gatherings to annual board meetings.

    The other Our Courts programs available to the public are Lincoln’s Legacy, a dynamic reading that highlights Abraham Lincoln’s personal side and commitment to liberty, and Myths and Realities in Wisconsin’s Courts, an entertaining presentation about the justice system that helps audience members separate myth from reality by breaking down Hollywood-style court scenes.

    Our Courts is funded by a generous grant from the Wisconsin Law Foundation, which has distributed more than $295,300 in grants to support law-related education and public service programs statewide on behalf of the legal profession since 1996.

    To book one or all three of the Our Courts programs, contact the State Bar’s public education department at or (608) 250-6191.

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