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    State Bar Lifetime Jurist and Judge of the Year

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    November 12, 2013


    Madison, WI – The State Bar of Wisconsin is pleased to announce that its Bench and Bar Committee recently honored Retired Outagamie County Circuit Court Judge Harold V. Froehlich and Milwaukee County Circuit Court Chief Judge Jeffrey A. Kremers for their outstanding service.

    Froehlich received the Lifetime Jurist Achievement Award, and Kremers received the Judge of the Year Award. Both awards were presented during the Annual Judicial Conference in the Wisconsin Dells.S

    The Lifetime Jurist Achievement Award recognizes a jurist who has served more than one full term as a circuit court judge and who has demonstrated outstanding, long-term judicial service during his or her years as a sitting judge. Froehlich, whose background is among the most diverse in the Wisconsin judiciary, retired on April 8, 2011, after 30 years on the bench in Outagamie County. As a chief judge, and as president of the Wisconsin Trial Judges Association, he worked on issues such as judicial compensation and improving the system for reimbursing counties for guardian ad litem and interpreter fees.

    Andrea GageFor more information contact Attorney Andrea Gage, public relations coordinator, State Bar of Wisconsin. She can be reached at org agage wisbar wisbar agage org, or by phone at (608) 250-6025.

    “During his 30 years of service, Judge Froehlich demonstrated high ideals, exemplary personal character, and judicial competence,” said Outagamie County Circuit Court Judge Mark J. McGinnis in his nomination letter. “Judge Froehlich was actively involved in the community in ways that enhanced the judicial system. Judge Froehlich made the judicial system extremely better in Outagamie County and throughout the state of Wisconsin.”

    The Judge of the Year Award honors an outstanding circuit court trial judge who has exceeded the call of judicial office and who has improved the judicial system in the past year. Kremers was appointed Chief Judge in September 2008, following 16 years as a Milwaukee Circuit Court Judge. Kremers was among the first to survey the damage caused by the electrical fire that shut down the Milwaukee County Courthouse and Safety Building in early July. The fire caused millions of dollars in damage.

    “Although Jeff would be an outstanding candidate in any year, he is especially deserving of this distinction in 2013, with near heroic levels of services to our court and our community,” said Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Richard J. Sankovitz in his letter of nomination. “As a result of Jeff’s hard work, many of our courtrooms were fully functioning by the end of the same week and the rest of the courthouse was fully back in service in two weeks. With Jeff’s leadership and tenacity, the backlog caused by the fire was put behind us long ago.”

    Click here to read more about these outstanding judges.


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    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 24,000 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