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    News Release October 2003: Nomination Search Launched for 2003 Judicial Awards

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    For Immediate Release
      CONTACT: Christi Powers
    State Bar of Wisconsin
    (800) 444-9404, ext. 6025
    org cpowers wisbar wisbar cpowers org

    Nomination Search Launched for 2003 Judicial Awards

    MADISON, October 6 - The State Bar of Wisconsin's Bench and Bar Committee seeks nominations for two outstanding jurists to receive judicial awards for their efforts to improve the quality of justice during 2003.

    Since 1996, the Judge of the Year Award recognizes jurists who advance the quality of justice through leadership, judicial education, or commitment to innovative programs that benefit the community. Ideal nominees will have high ideals, personal character and judicial competence while serving the community.

    The 2003 Lifetime Jurist Achievement Award recognizes an individual with at least 12 years of trial judge experience. Recognizing jurists since 1997, the award honors individuals who have demonstrated long-term judicial excellence and leadership toward improving the quality of justice.

    "Acknowledging the dedication and hard work of Wisconsin's judiciary is important," said Attorney Raymond Taffora, Bench and Bar committee chair. "Not only do we encourage members of the legal community to submit nominations but we also hope the public will participate as well."

    Both awards will be presented at the State Bar's annual convention, May 5 to 7, 2004, at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison. The deadline to submit nominations is Dec. 12, 2003. For eligibility guidelines visit For other questions or additional information contact Pat Morgan (608) 250-6107 org pmorgan wisbar wisbar pmorgan org

    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.