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    News Release May 2003: State Bar joins Wisconsin history event

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    For Immediate Release
      CONTACT: Christi Powers
    State Bar of Wisconsin
    (800) 444-9404, ext. 6025
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    State Bar joins Wisconsin history event
    Two students awarded history and law prize

    MADISON, May 30, 2003 - The State Bar of Wisconsin joined the Wisconsin Historical Society earlier this month to recognize middle school and high school students whose projects highlighted Wisconsin's legal history at a National History Day event in Madison.

    "Since the State Bar is celebrating its 125th anniversary, it seemed fitting to join in an event that commemorates Wisconsin history," said State Bar President Pat Ballman. "As an organization we are particularly glad to support law-related educational activities that help history come alive," she said.

    On May 3 ceremony at the UW-Madison Memorial Union, Ballman presented two students the State Bar of Wisconsin Prize for Law and History. Based on this year's national theme of rights and responsibility, Amber Morris, a middle school student from West Allis won the junior division for her project on women's rights. Jessica Porath, a high school student from Mosinee, took the senior division award for a project chronicling Lavinia Goodell, the first women admitted to practice before the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 1879.

    Photo: Left to right: Dan Rossmiller, Jessica 
Porath and Pat Ballman.

    From left to right: Dan Rossmiller, Jessica Porath and Pat Ballman.

    In a continuing effort to promote Wisconsin's legal history, the State Bar devoted a portion of its Web site to commemorate its 125th anniversary. Earlier this month at the State Bar annual convention, a wall-sized history display was created featuring a visual timeline detailing key events in Wisconsin's legal history. The State Bar 125th anniversary is celebrated in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Supreme Court and the 25th anniversary of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. For more information visit Celebrating Wisconsin's rich legal history

    The State Bar of Wisconsin is the mandatory professional association, created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, for attorneys who hold a law license in Wisconsin. With more than 20,000 members, the State Bar aids the courts in improving the administration of justice, provides continuing legal education for its members to help them maintain their expertise, and assists Wisconsin lawyers in carrying out community service initiatives to educate the public about the legal system and the value of lawyers.