The Third Branch
|Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler addresses an audience gathered at Hope College in Holland, Michigan after receiving a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Hope College Alumni Association on April 26.|
Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler was honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award by the Hope College Alumni Association during a ceremony on April 26 in Holland, Mich. Ziegler graduated from Hope in 1986 before attending Marquette University Law School.
Ziegler was presented with the award for building a career of service to her community, state, and country on the foundation of her Hope College education, and for reaching the pinnacle of judicial service in the state of Wisconsin.
The award, first presented in 1970, is the highest honor that alumni can receive from the college's Alumni Association. Ziegler also met with pre-law students during her visit.
|Justice Ann Walsh Bradley|
Justice Ann Walsh Bradley has been named one of Wisconsin Law Journal's 2014 Women in the Law. Bradley, along with the other recipients, will be recognized at a dinner in Milwaukee on June 12. The honorees will also be featured in a special issue of the Law Journal.
Each year the Law Journal honors women in the legal field who have made significant contributions to the Wisconsin justice system.
Past recipients include Court of Appeals judges Patricia S. Curley and Lisa K. Stark; La Crosse County Circuit Court Judge Ramona A. Gonzales; Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer R. Dorow; and former Court Information Officer Amanda K. Todd.
|Judge Dale T. Pasell|
La Crosse County Circuit Court Judge Dale T. Pasell has been chosen as the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates' (ABOTA) "Judge of the Year." Pasell was recognized with the honor May 14 in Madison.
The Wisconsin chapter presents the award each year to a member of the Wisconsin judiciary "whose thorough preparation, breadth of knowledge of the law, decisive rulings and courtesy to litigants, jurors and members of the bar have consistently advanced the interest of justice and the dignity of the judicial process."
"Judge Pasell demonstrates all the characteristics that ABOTA looks for in a great trial judge. Attorneys who walk into his courtroom have confidence that they will be treated with respect, and that cases will be handled fairly, professionally, and according to the law," said Atty. Lynn Laufenberg, president of the Wisconsin ABOTA chapter.
Pasell has served on the La Crosse County Circuit Court Branch 5 bench since first being elected in 1999. He was re-elected in 2005 and 2011. During his tenure, Pasell has served as a faculty member and as associate dean of the Wisconsin Judicial College. In 2009, he was elected as a Science and Technology Fellow of ASTAR (the Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Center) in Washington D.C.
As the recipient of this year's award, Pasell will preside over the chapter's annual civil trial demonstration seminar co-sponsored by the State Bar of Wisconsin.
ABOTA was established in 1957 for the primary purpose of preserving the civil jury trial. The organization has presented this award to a Wisconsin judge for the past 25 years.
|Judge Eugene A.Gasiorkiewicz|
Racine County Circuit Court Judge Eugene A. Gasiorkiewicz was awarded the David Namowicz Award by the Women's Resource Center of Racine at their Diamonds & Dreams Gala on Feb. 8. The award is given to individuals who strive to raise awareness about domestic violence. Gasiorkiewciz was recognized for his work on public education on domestic violence and for his firearm surrender orders.
The Women's Resource Center provides emergency shelter, advocacy, counseling, community advocacy and prevention education, and serves more than 1,200 adult and child victims of domestic violence each year.
On May 14, the State Bar celebrated members who were admitted to practice 50 years ago at the 50-year Member Recognition Luncheon in Delafield.
Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson spoke at the event, recalling that 1964 was the year the U.S. Supreme Court established malice standards with New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, demonstrations were held in New York and San Francisco to protest the Vietnam War, and Dr. Martin Luther King received the Nobel Peace Prize.
Among those honored were retired judges Thomas Cane, Michael W. Brennan, Dennis D. Conway, Michael S. Fisher, Robert R. Pekowski, Raymond F. Thums, Lawrence F. Waddick, and S. Michael Wilk.