Judicial Award Nomination Guidelines

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Judicial Achievement Awards Nomination Guidelines

Nomination Instructions

1) A completed, typewritten or printed nomination form, or fillable nomination form. Please provide both the nominator and candidate information requested.

2) A typewritten or printed letter addressing each of the criteria listed on the Judicial Awards Eligibility Guidelines that are applicable to the award for which you are nominating your candidate. Please also provide concrete examples that will emphasize your nominee's accomplishments, ideals, personal character and judicial competence. Also, please describe in detail your nominee's experience level, including any creative or innovative programs your nominee has implemented, his or her publishing credits and teaching experience, and be sure to include any other relevant information that you believe distinguishes your candidate.

3) Letters of recommendation. In order to provide the selection committee with more information, we suggest you attach at least three, but no more than five, letters of recommendation or testimonials from other individuals (including lawyers, judges, public officials or civic leaders) that address one or more of the criteria for the award for which you are nominating your candidate.

Deadline for all nominations is January 31, 2020.

Please send your nomination materials on 8½ x 11" paper, unstapled, identified and clipped together to:

Bench and Bar Committee / Judicial Achievement Awards Subcommittee
c/o Public Affairs Department
State Bar of Wisconsin
P.O. Box 7158
Madison, WI 53707-7158

Please, no fax materials.

Eligibility Guidelines​

Judge of the Year Award - established to honor a circuit court trial judge who has made significant recent contributions.

Eligibility

    Nominee is an outstanding circuit court trial judge who exemplifies a fair and impartial jurist
    Nominee has made significant recent contributions in advancing the quality of justice, judicial education, technology, or innovative programs
    Nominee has demonstrated high ideals, exemplary personal character, and judicial competence
    Nominee is actively involved in community efforts that enhance the judicial system
    Nominee may have demonstrated the ability to effectively handle challenging court proceedings

Ineligibility

    Nominee cannot be campaigning for elected office other than the currently held office during the nomination process
    Judges who are current members of the Bench and Bar Committee of the State Bar of Wisconsin or Justices of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin are not eligible.
Lifetime Jurist Award - established to honor a person who has served as a circuit court judge and who has exhibited long-term excellence as a judge.

Eligibility
    Nominee has served as a circuit court judge
    Nominee has demonstrated high ideals, exemplary personal character, judicial competence, and has been actively involved in community efforts that enhance the judicial system
    Nominee has demonstrated outstanding, long-term judicial service during the years as a sitting judge
    Nominee has affected the judicial system in a distinctive manner
    Nominee is an example of a fair and impartial jurist
Ineligibility
    Nominee cannot be campaigning for elected office other than the currently held office during the nomination process
    Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices and judges who are current members of the Bench and Bar Committee of the State Bar of Wisconsin are not eligible
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