The Third Branch
Women lawyers group honors Vel Phillips
Deputy Chief Judge Maxine Aldridge White (right) honors Vel Phillips at the Association for Women Lawyers Annual Women Judges' Night. Photo credit White Dog Photography.
The 2014 Association for Women Lawyers (AWL) Annual Women Judges' Night celebrated the achievements of Vel Phillips. Almost 300 AWL members and guests attended the 34th annual event on April 17. Among the guests were many jurists and judicial officers from federal, state, municipal and administrative courts, including Justices Ann Walsh Bradley and Annette Kingsland Ziegler of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Judge Maxine Aldridge White, Milwaukee County Circuit Court, spoke in honor of Phillips. White highlighted Phillips' many "firsts" and the significant contributions she made to the state over her past 63 years as a lawyer, civil rights activist, councilwoman, judge and Secretary of State. Before receiving AWL's 2014 award, Phillips, who recently celebrated her 90th birthday, also shared some interesting – and entertaining – stories of her own experiences. The AWL Foundation also awarded four scholarships totaling $12,000 to women law students at Marquette University Law School and the UW Law School.