John Lederer Service Award

John Lederer saw it as his mission to help solo and small-firm lawyers master skills and technology to build their practices. Named in his memory, the John Lederer Service Award is presented annually to an individual, group, or organization exemplifying his leadership, spirit, and dedication.

Nominees should lead the way in furthering the mission of the Wisconsin Solo & Small Firm Conference: to educate and support solo and small-firm attorneys as they practice law, manage their businesses, and enjoy their lives.

Award nominees are judged on their sustained, selfless service to projects, efforts, or organizations that benefit solo and small-firm practitioners across Wisconsin. Nominees should contribute to the advancement of solo and-small firm practitioners in the areas of technology, legal education, practice management, ethics, or quality of life.

Past recipients of this award include:

Nominations due August 25

Send nominations by Aug. 25 to Solo/Small Firm & General Practice Section Board Member Nancy Trueblood com nancy truelaw via email.

Each nomination should include:

  • Name and contact information of the nominator
  • Name and contact information of the nominated individual, group, or organization
  • One-paragraph statement explaining how the nominee meets the award criteria

Additionally, up to three letters of recommendation may be submitted from individuals who know the nominee’s qualifications for the award.

Who was John Lederer?

John Lederer  

Lederer was a visionary when it came to integrating technology into the practice of law. He chaired the State Bar’s Technology Resource Committee (TRC).

While serving on the TRC, he took on the copyright controversy with Westlaw and facilitated Wisconsin’s universal citation program. The universal citation, issued by courts, prevents any company from claiming a copyright on the publication of cases – making them available to attorneys at no cost.

Lederer was also instrumental in creating WSSFC and saw it as an opportunity to better the practices and lives of Wisconsin’s attorneys.

To learn more about the John Lederer Service Award, contact State Bar Member Services Section Liaison org nwilliamsbuttery wisbar Nicole Williams Buttery.


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