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St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Scott R. Needham named ABOTA Judge of the Year

Madison, Wisconsin - April 30, 2010

Judge NeedhamThe Wisconsin Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) has chosen St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Scott R. Needham as its Judge of the Year.

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," according to the nominating committee.

"Judge Needham is being recognized for all those qualities and more," said Atty. Mark S. Young, president of ABOTA's Wisconsin Chapter. Young described Needham as conscientious and diligent about his legal research. 

Needham is deputy chief judge of the Tenth Judicial District, and has been on the bench since 1994. A recognition dinner in his honor is scheduled for May 5 in Madison.

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 19 years. The recipient serves as the judge in a mock trial during the trial seminar ABOTA sponsors annually. Last year’s winner was Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Francis T. Wasielewski.

Tom Sheehan
Court Information Officer
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