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Grant F. Langley Service Award

The Government Lawyers Division (GLD) provides a forum for exchanging ideas among government attorneys and aims to foster communication and cooperation between government and private practice lawyers.

The Division’s Grant F. Langley Service Award is presented to a GLD member with at least five years of service as a government lawyer. This award recognizes a lawyer who provides services not only to the government and citizens, but also to other government attorneys. It pays tribute to a government attorney working to increase the public’s respect for government lawyers while promoting government legal work as a rewarding career choice.

​​James Godlewski

Lifelong public servant James “Jim” Godlewski is this year’s award winner. After nineteen years to the day as the City Attorney for the City of Neenah, Jim retired on February 4, 2021.

Jim was also the first full-time City Attorney for Merrill, a city of 10,000 people in north central Wisconsin, from 1992-2002. Prior to his decades-long municipal law career, Jim served as the Director of Financing Programs for the Wisconsin Partnership for Housing Development in Milwaukee for four years and as the Executive Director of a private legal clinic in Chicago for three.

Outside of the office, Jim has also been an active member of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Government Lawyers Division (GLD). He served on the GLD Board from 2000 through 2009 and was GLD President from 2005 to 2007. He is also the Past President of the Lincoln County Bar Association and the Attorney’s Section of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities.

“Always willing to provide advice” and point others in the right direction, Attorney Godlewski leaves behind a strong legacy of improving the lives of many citizens and mentoring many in the legal field, particularly municipal lawyers.

Watch the presentation of the Grant F. Langley Service Award