Charles Dunn Wisconsin Lawyer Author Award
As the editorial board for the Wisconsin Lawyer magazine, the State Bar’s Communications Committee presents the Hon. Charles Dunn Author Award to recognize writing excellence in the magazine. The award is named in honor of Wisconsin’s first Supreme Court chief justice.
For his January 2019 article, “Threshold Issues in State Court Litigation,” this year’s Dunn Award winner is Douglas Hoffer.
Since 2013, Hoffer has been an Eau Claire Deputy City Attorney. He’s argued Voters With Facts v. City of Eau Claire, City of Eau Claire v. Booth, and Village of Elm Grove v. Brefka in front of the Wisconsin Supreme Court – cases that are all referenced in his winning article.
According to the chair of the award subcommittee, “Once almost taken for granted, threshold issues are becoming more and more important as pleadings are scrutinized and cases are decided by motions. This thorough and practical look at case law surrounding plausibility pleading, court competency, and standing is beneficial for legal practitioners across the state and beyond.”