The Third Branch
Outreach efforts highlighted in Manitowoc
Judge Lisa S. Neubauer, District II Court of Appeals, visited with the Manitowoc County Bar Association in October to discuss outreach programs. As a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin Bench Bar Committee, Neubauer is encouraging local participation in outreach programs, including Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson's initiative – Courts Connecting with Communities.
The Manitowoc County Circuit Court, legal community and educators have a history of community education and outreach efforts. Manitowoc County Circuit Court Judge Patrick L. Willis led several outreach efforts, including his Law Day tradition of presiding over mock trials of the State of Wisconsin v. The Big Bad Wolf. More than 10,000 second graders have participated in this outreach programs in Willis' courtroom over the past 12 years.
Recently gathering to discuss Manitowoc County court outreach activitie were (back row, from left) Keary Bilka, Manitowoc County Bar president; Reserve Judge Donald Poppy; and Jeffrey Dunn, Manitowoc County Bar secretary/treasurer. Front row, from left: Judge Lisa S. Neubauer, District II Court of Appeals; Manitowoc County Circuit Court judges Patrick L. Willis, Jerome L. Fox, and Gary L. Bendix; and Mrs. Jean Willis.