The Wisconsin Law Foundation is a charitable and educational organization that serves to promote public understanding of the law, improvement of the administration of justice and other law-related public service through funding of innovative and creative programs that improve the vision of the American justice system.
The Fellows of the Wisconsin Law Foundation is an honorary program, which recognizes members of the profession in Wisconsin who are known by their peers for high achievements in their profession and outstanding contributions for the advancement and improvement of the administration of justice in the State of Wisconsin.
In 1999, then President of the Wisconsin Law Foundation, G. Lane Ware, announced the formation of the Fellows of the Wisconsin Law Foundation. The WLF board elected a Board of Trustees and four officers to organize the Fellows, and in January 2000, the inaugural class of Fellows was inducted. The first President of the Fellows was the late Truman Q. McNulty whose inspiration and creative energy made possible the development of the Fellows organization.
The Board of Trustees, which includes 12 members and four officers of elects a class annually, based on a list of nominees presented by the Membership Committee from recommendations of members of the Fellows.
Fellows must be lawyers, judges, or teachers of law who are members of the State Bar of Wisconsin in good standing, and are recognized in the legal profession for outstanding attainment in professional, public, or private careers for devotion to the welfare of their community, state, and nation and the advancement of the legal profession.
Fellows Classes and Nominations
There are Four Classes of Fellows:
- Fellow: Must be an Active State Bar Member in good standing who is currently paying their $1,500 Fellows Pledge.
- Life Fellow: Must be an Active State Bar Member in good standing who has paid their full Fellows pledge of $1,500.
- Emeritus Life Fellow: Must have paid their full Fellows pledge of $1,500 and is no longer a State Bar Member. Emeritus Life Fellows are not eligible to vote or hold office and are not included in the number of current Fellows members.
- Honorary Fellow: Is a member of the legal profession who is approved by the Fellows Board, based upon outstanding achievements in an area of activity within the purposes of The Fellows, to become Honorary Fellow. Honorary Fellows are not eligible to vote or hold office and are not included in the number of current Fellows members.
Fellows are to be nominated by the existing Fellows of the Corporation and are reviewed and elected by the Fellows Board of Trustees. New Fellows are inducted into fellowship at the Annual Fellows Recognition Dinner. The Fellows Membership Committee accepts nominations year round.
If you would like to submit a Fellows nomination:
please use the Fellows nomination fillable form or print and mail form below.
"An invitation to be a member of the Fellows is a meaningful distinction. Those who receive this personal and professional honor take pride in knowing that their participation in the Fellows sets the standard for all State Bar members."
John S. Skilton
WLF President 2000
Fellows Class of 2000