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Sheboygan judges, lawyers gather in honor of Orange Book Club founder

Sheboygan County Circuit Court Judge James J. Bolgert presents Hopp’s son, Andy Hopp, with an award for founding the legal club 40 years ago. Photo credit: Gary C. Klein/Sheboygan Press Media
Sheboygan County Circuit Court Judge James J. Bolgert presents Hopp's son, Andy Hopp, with an award for founding the legal club 40 years ago. Photo credit: Gary C. Klein/Sheboygan Press Media

On Sept. 24, Sheboygan judges and attorneys gathered at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center to honor Atty. Alex Hopp, who 40 years earlier formed the Orange Book Club, a legal club for attorneys to discuss new court decisions.

"He was a leader in the community," Sheboygan County Circuit Court Judge James J. Bolgert, who now heads the club, told the Sheboygan Press. "He was a student of the law and very disciplined."

According to the paper, the club, which gets its name from the bright orange covers of Callaghan's Official Wisconsin Reports, still meets about once a month over lunch.

"The purpose is to socialize a little bit and to stay current in the law, and then have a few laughs," Bolgert went on to say. "We enjoy each other's company. It's maybe 80 percent educational and 20 percent social."

Hopp, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, was unable to attend the event, but his son, Andy Hopp, was there to speak on behalf of his father.

"Dad was all about preparation and he wanted everyone to be prepared for the latest court decision," Andy is quoted as saying. "He wasn't always the smartest guy in the room, but he was the best-prepared." 

members of the Orange Book Club, which includes Sheboygan County judges and attorneys, outside the John Michael Kohler Arts Center

Members of the Orange Book Club, which includes Sheboygan County judges and attorneys, outside the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, where they met to honor the club's founder, Atty. Alex Hopp. Photo credit: Gary C. Klein/Sheboygan Press

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