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    November 25, 2014

    Final 2014 Our Courts Training to Be Held in La Crosse

    Nov. 25, 2014 – The State Bar of Wisconsin is encouraging attorneys and judges to enhance their volunteer résumés by becoming trained speakers for Our Courts Wisconsin, one of the organization’s premier public education programs. The next speaker training is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern in La Crosse.

    All interested volunteers must participate in one of the State Bar’s speaker training sessions before bringing the Our Courts’ message to local communities and neighborhoods.

    The La Crosse event is the last scheduled training opportunity for the year. Attending this event is imperative for those new volunteers who would like to begin presenting immediately after the New Year. 

    Typically, trained speakers will present one of the two available Our Courts programs at a local library or civic group meeting. The State Bar coordinates all speaking engagements, but encourages speakers to look for potential opportunities and untapped resources in their communities.

    Available programs are Lincoln’s Legacy, a dynamic reading of an essay about Abraham Lincoln, and Myths & Realities in Wisconsin’s Courts, a humorous presentation that helps audience members better understand the judicial system through exploring and critically analyzing pop culture references and popular dramatizations of court proceedings. Both programs were created with the ultimate goal of teaching local community members about the ins-and-outs of the court system, through interactive and engaging presentations.

    Our Courts officially launched last year, and in that time the program worked its way around the state, from Fall Creek to Milwaukee. In total, volunteers gave 17 presentations, with 12 attorneys and 10 judges now working as trained presenters.

    As the program continues to grow, the State Bar plans to increase the number of presentations, as well as the number of available speakers. Any group, from any part of the state, can put in a request for a program, so it’s important to have a pool of presenters in at least every region. Having an available presenter in a given area ensures that the program can be booked and fully outfitted with an attorney or judge presenter without delay.

    For more information about Our Courts, visit ​​​

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