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    News Release April 2003: Manitowoc County Bar Receives Exceptional Public Service Award

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      CONTACT: Christi Powers
    State Bar of Wisconsin
    (800) 444-9404, ext. 6025
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    Manitowoc County Bar Receives Exceptional Public Service Award

    MADISON, April 7, 2003 - The Manitowoc County Bar Association garnered an exceptional achievement award on Friday in Madison from the State Bar of Wisconsin. The award was presented at the 2003 Wisconsin Bar Leaders Conference (WBLC) that provides lawyer-leaders from local bar associations a forum to network and share ideas

    The award recognizes a two-year project spearheaded by the Manitowoc County Bar to produce a video explaining financial abuse and how to prevent it. In conjunction with Manitowoc's Domestic Violence Center, and support from the local community, the video shows how financial abuse occurs in situations such as marriage, divorce, with the elderly, or in assisted living situations.

    "This is a great example of what a local bar, in conjunction with the State Bar, can to do provide overall services that really make a difference," said Atty. Clare Bader who helped coordinate the effort. "It's been a great tool to educate the community and to illustrate examples of financial abuse that can affect those who are vulnerable."

    Hosted by the State Bar of Wisconsin, the WBLC is well into its 20th year and recognizes county bar associations for volunteer and community service projects. Nearly 100 participants representing more than 50 county or specialty bar associations attended the day-long event.

    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, and assists Wisconsin lawyers in carrying out initiatives to educate the public about the legal system.

    For more information, call Kris Wenzel at (608) 250-6185