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Judge "C.A." Richards honored for commitment to legal services for the poor

Madison, Wisconsin - November 13, 2009

Judge RichardsJudge Conrad A. "C. A." Richards has received the Howard B. Eisenberg Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to legal services for the poor. The award, sponsored by the Equal Justice Fund, was presented during a dinner ceremony in Milwaukee Nov. 7.

"Throughout his extensive legal career, first as a private attorney, then circuit court judge in St. Croix County… and active reserve judge in many counties in Northern Wisconsin from 2003 to the present, he has remained aware and responsive to the issues affecting low-income people," organizers of the event noted in presenting the award.

Richards, currently a reserve judge, has been an ardent supporter of legal services for the poor since 1966, when he joined the State Bar’s Legal Aid Committee. He is a longtime member of the board of directors of Wisconsin Judicare, a non-profit law firm that provides legal services to the poor in northern Wisconsin.

Richards also is a founding member of the 10th Judicial District Self Help Committee, which led the state in providing legal assistance to pros se family law litigants by creating the first uniform divorce forms available online for a state judicial district.

Richards is a 1962 graduate of the UW Law School. He was a private practice attorney from 1962-89, and served as a circuit court judge in St. Croix County from 1989-2001.

The Howard B. Eisenberg Lifetime Achievement Award is named in honor of the late Howard B. Eisenberg, who as part of a distinguished and varied legal career, maintained an active and prodigious pro bono law practice.

Tom Sheehan
Court Information Officer
(608) 261-6640

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