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    October 24, 2019

    Nominate a Circuit Court Judge for a 2020 State Bar Jurist Award

    2019 Judge of the Year Michael Dwyer

    The 2020 Judicial Achievement Awards nomination search is underway. The Jurist Award Subcommittee of the Bench and Bar Committee is seeking nominations for the Judge of the Year and the Lifetime Jurist Achievement Awards. 

    The Judge of the Year Award honors an outstanding circuit court judge who exhibits judicial independence and excellence. We are looking for a judge who has exceeded the call of judicial office, is actively involved in community efforts that enhance the judicial system, and has made significant recent contributions in advancing the quality of justice, judicial education, technology, or innovative programs.

    The Lifetime Jurist Achievement Award honors a judge who currently serves or has served as a circuit court judge and has exhibited outstanding, long-term excellence as a judge. The judge must have demonstrated high ideals, exemplary personal character, judicial competence, and community involvement, and must have affected the judicial system in a distinctive manner.

    Eligibility requirements and nomination forms may be found by clicking the links provided above, or at

    Nominees may not be Supreme Court Justices, current members of the Bench and Bar Committee, or actively campaigning for an elected office other than one they currently hold. Nominations should be supported by letters of recommendation and accompanying materials. Send email to, and postal mail to:

    Bench and Bar Committee/Judicial Awards Subcommittee
    c/o Public Affairs Department
    State Bar of Wisconsin
    PO Box 7158, Madison, WI 53707

    The deadline for nomination is January 31, 2020, but you are encouraged to submit nominations early. Members of the Jurist Awards Subcommittee of the Bench and Bar Committee will review all nomination materials and make the final judicial award selections. We look forward to reviewing your nominations and honoring two outstanding members of our judiciary at the Annual Meeting and Conference in June 2020.

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