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Pro Bono Awards

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Each year, the State Bar's Legal Assistance Committee reviews nominations it receives in the following categories:

  • Individual attorney in private practice, corporate practice, or employed by a government office or agency;
  • A private law firm, group or association

The committee typically makes one award in each category but if no nomination is received in one category, the committee may make a second award in the other. Awards are conferred annually during the Member Recognition Celebration at the State Bar's Annual Meeting & Conference.

Criteria

In making its decisions on the Pro Bono Awards, the Legal Assistance Committee considers whether the nominee has:

  • Demonstrated dedication to the development and delivery of legal services to the poor,
  • Contributed significantly toward developing innovative ways to deliver volunteer legal services;
  • Participated in an activity that resulted in satisfying previously unmet legal needs or extending legal services to an underserved segment of the population;
  • Handled pro bono cases that favorably affected the provision of services to the poor;
  • Worked on legislation that contributed substantially to legal services to the poor;
  • Made an outstanding effort to provide legal services to an underserved segment of the population; or
  • Any combination of these contributions.

Nominations

Nominations may be submitted using the nomi​nation form provided by the Legal Assistance Committee or in a format that provides substantially similar information. Nominations must be received by the end of February each year and will be considered only if accompanied by sufficient information supporting the nomination. 

 
​​Submit a nom​ination​ ​
 
 

 

 Examples of supporting information include:

  • A written summary of the pro bono service or services provided by the nominee, or a description of the nominee's commitment to the provision of pro bono civil legal services;
  • The nominee's resume or curriculum vitae;
  • Newspaper, newsletter, or magazine articles documenting the nominee's service, or brochures about the nominee's work or the organization with which the nominee is affiliated;
  • Testimonials or letters of support or recommendations from clients who have been helped by the nominee; and
  • Letters of support or recommendations from colleagues and persons with whom the nominee has worked in providing pro bono services.

Restrictions

Current voting members of the Legal Assistance Committee are not eligible to receive an award. Legal services offices are not eligible to receive an award in the law firm category.

Supplemental Materials Submission

Supplemental nomination materials may be sent to us by email.​

Previous Award Winners

Pro Bono Attorney of the Year

​Maggie Niebler-Brown, Miilwaukee

​2021

​Rebecca Salawdeh, Milwaukee

​2020

​Victor Forberger, Madison

​2020

​Alexander Lodge, Madison

​2019

​Talita Bornholdt, Madison

​​2018

​Brenda Lewison, Milwaukee

​2017

​Douglas Klingberg, Wausau

2016

Dera Johnson-Tracy, Madison

2015

Andrew Declerq, Madison

2014

Michael Lueder, Milwaukee

2013

Cody Wagner, Madison

2012

Michael Gengler, Monticello

2011

David Harth, Madison

2010

Mark Borns, Madison

2009

Gary King, Eau Claire

2008

Earl Munson, Madison

2007

Susan Jaskukski, Milwaukee

2006

Patrick Patterson, Fox Point

2006

Colleen Ball, Wauwatosa

2006

Katherine Perhach, Milwaukee

2005

Jessica Abbott, Brookfield

2005

Roy Froemming, Madison

2004

Sara Buscher, Appleton

2003

Timothy J. O’Brien, New Richmond

2003

Megan M. Rosborough, Stoddard

2002

Rachel A. Schneider, Milwaukee

2002

Donald A. Schoenfeld, Milwaukee

2001

James H. McDermott, Madison

2000

Howard Eisenberg, Milwaukee

1999

Maureen Feran Freedland, La Crosse

1999

Ernesto Romero, Milwaukee

1998

Tom Sleik, La Crosse

1997

Sonja A. Lee, Madison

1996

Stacy Gerber Ward, Milwaukee

1995

L. William Staudenmaier, Milwaukee

1995

Richard S. Gondik, Jr., Superior

1994

Joseph S. Neterval, Milwaukee

1993

Debra J. Procknow, Kenosha

1993

David B. Russell, LaCrosse

1993


Pro Bono Law Firm or Organization of the Year
​Reinhart Boer​ner Van Dueren S.C.
​​2021
​Godfrey & Kahn
​2019
​Perkins Coie
​2018
Merchant & Gould
2016
Quarles & Brady LLP (Madison office)2015
Gass Weber Mullins LLC2014
UW Veterans Law Center2013
Gennerman Mazzie-Briscoe Law Group2010
Milwaukee Domestic Abuse Restraining Order Teams -
Quarles & Brady LLP, Reinhart; Boerner Van Deuren, S.C.;
& Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, S.C.
2009
Heller Ehrman LLP2007
Dane County Delivery of Legal Services Committee2004
Winnebago County Bar Association2003
Davis, Birnbaum, Marcou, Seymour & Colgan, LLP2002
Bell, Gierhart, & Moore SC2001
Robinson, Peterson, Berk & Cross, LLP2000
Angel & Angel, S.C.1999
Murphy & Desmond1998
Glenn, Hoff, Hoff & Lambert SC1997
La Crosse County Bar Association1996
Quarles & Brady LLP1995
Brown County Bar Association1994
DeWitt Porter1993