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    Douglas County Bar Awarded for Public Service Project

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    For Immediate Release
      CONTACT: Teresa Weidemann-Smith
    State Bar of Wisconsin
    (800) 444-9404, ext. 6025
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    Douglas County Bar Awarded for Public Service Projects

    MADISON, April 13, 2005 - The State Bar of Wisconsin announces the Douglas County Bar Association will receive two Local Bar Grant Awards for their 10th Judicial Pro Se Litigants project and a community awareness campaign on "Going to Court." The Award of Outstanding Achievement honors will be presented at the 2005 Wisconsin Bar Leaders' Conference on Friday, April 15 at the State Bar of Wisconsin Madison.

    "The caliber of the local community service programs put forth by Douglas County Bar members is exceptional," said Attorney Ben Brantmeier, Chairperson of the Local Bar Grant Competition Subcommittee. "The State Bar recognizes and honors the ability and willingness of Douglas County Bar attorneys to address needs in our society and these awards help to creatively and effectively assist in meeting those public needs."

    The Douglas County Bar implemented the 10th Judicial District Self-Represented Projectin which they developed pro se forms for divorce with children and without children. The bar also created a video and handouts on Going to Court: Tips and Advice for Representing Yourself in the Legal System to increase public knowledge and awareness of legal system navigation with and without the assistance of counsel. The project serves all of the 55% of self- represented litigant cases in Douglas County.

    Each year, local and specialty bar associations develop public service projects with the help of the State Bar's local bar grants. Whether the project is a community program, video, publication, or special conference, qualifying bar associations can receive up to $2,000 from the State Bar Local Bar Grant Competition Committee to address important community issues and needs.

    The State Bar of Wisconsin is the mandatory professional association, created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, for attorneys who hold a Wisconsin law license. With more than 21,000 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.

    For more information, visit or contact State Bar of Wisconsin Member Relations and Public Services Outreach Coordinator Kris Wenzel at (800) 444-9404, ext. 6185.