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    Olsen and Miller Honored with Scales of Justice Awards

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    For Immediate Release

    CONTACT: Teresa Weidemann-Smith
    State Bar of Wisconsin
    (800) 444-9404, ext. 6025

    Olsen and Miller Honored with Scales of Justice Awards

    MADISON, August 2, 2006 -- The State Bar of Wisconsin's Legislative Oversight Committee recently presented the Scales of Justice Award to Senator Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) and Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona) for their outstanding efforts towards improving the administration of and access to justice. Additional award recipients include Representative Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) and Senator Ted Kanavas (R-Brookfield).

    "The State Bar of Wisconsin is committed to the vital role it plays in positively impacting the legislative process on issues of importance to the courts, the legal profession and the public," said John Walsh, Chair of the Legislative Oversight Committee. "The Scales of Justice Award was created to formally recognize and thank policymakers for aiding the association in fostering and maintaining the high standards of the legal profession."

    Olsen and Miller were recognized for their work with the State Bar's Elder Law Section to reorganize Chapter 880 of Wisconsin Statutes – to modernize and clearly define duties and powers of both the guardian of the person and the guardian of the estate. The legislation (2005 Wisconsin Act 387) has been a decade long process for the Section, with the constant goal to best promote standards and court procedures in the best interests of some of our most vulnerable citizens.

    "It is an honor to receive the Scales of Justice Award," said Senator Olsen. "It was a pleasure working with the State Bar on the Guardianship Reform bill. A complete overhaul of our statutes was necessary and long overdue."

    According to Senator Miller, "I am honored by the recognition. But more importantly, I hope that the work we did together will help further protect some of our most vulnerable citizens. I look forward to continuing our work together."

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