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The Wisconsin Law Journal is searching for  the state’s unsung legal heroes.

Lawyers in Wisconsin do outstanding work. But where would they be without the members of their support staff who work hard behind the scenes to get it all done?

That’s why, back by popular demand, the Wisconsin Law Journal is honored to once again present Unsung Heroes in 2016, with a special publication and an awards luncheon in early Dec.

This year’s categories consist of but are not limited to:

  • Court Clerk(s) of the Year
  • Firm Administrator(s) of the Year
  • Human Resources Provider(s) of the Year
  • IT Specialist(s) of the Year
  • Law Librarian(s) of the Year
  • Legal Community Service(s) of the Year
  • Marketing Provider(s) of the Year
  • Legal Secretary(s) of the Year
  • Paralegal(s) of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Pro Bono Provider(s) of the Year

DEADLINE

Nominate a deserving candidate by October 5!

If you would like to nominate a person, company or organization in a different category, please submit that suggestion along with your nomination, as award categories are subject to change.

Description of nominee must be MORE THAN 150 words! More info is better as winners are completely based off the nominations!

You can also submit a hard copy if preferred, to:

Jenny Byington
The Wisconsin Law Journal
225 E. Michigan St., Suite 300, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Questions? Call 414-225-1803 or email jenny.byington@wislawjournal.com

2015 Unsung Heroes

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Members of Wisconsin’s legal community turned out Thursday to help honor the Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2015 Unsung Heroes. The yearly event was held in the Grain Exchanged Ballroom and honored 24 people who work behind the scenes and normally go unnoticed.

Sara Wood-Cassidy, deputy Director of State Courts (left) talks to the honoree Holly Szablewski before the start of the program.

Diane Schuck (center), an honoree, shares a laugh with associates.

Jeanie Thomas (left) talks with her Daughter, the honoree Laurie Wagner.

About 250 people gather to help honor the 2015 Unsung Heroes.

Kris Yager (left) talks to the honoree Kathy Carufel before lunch is served.

About 250 people gather to help honor the 2015 Unsung Heroes.

Family, friends and associates gather to honor the 2015 Unsung Heroes.

Terry Tadysak of Habush, Habush & Rottier addresses those in attendance while being honored with a lifetime achievement award. Linda Wells of the Wisconsin Department of Justice also was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Event goers applaud following remarks made by Lifetime Achievement winner Terry Tadysak of Habush, Habush & Rottier.

Jocelyn Henning (left), an honoree, shares a laughs with family.

Meet this year’s Unsung Heroes:

tadysakLifetime Achievement Award
Habush Habush & Rottier
Terry Tadysak

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wellsLifetime Achievement Award
Department of Justice
Linda Wells

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carufelKathy Carufel
Corneille Law Group

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ericksonMackenzie Erickson
Hansen Reynolds Dickinson Crueger

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gehrkeLynn Gehrke
Milwaukee County Law Library

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gudelJoleen Gudel
Tracey Wood & Associates

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henningJocelyn Henning
Wisconsin Department of Justice

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hermannMary Hermann
Milwaukee County Cicuit Court Branch 41

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karpinskiMaribeth Karpinski
Lindner & Marsack

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kimballLorrie Kimball
Quarles & Brady

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kotasSheri Kotas
Quarles & Brady

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laroseLaura La Rose
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren

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litinskyLucy Listinsky
Milwaukee County Cicuit Court Branch 41

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lylesMary Lyles
Milwaukee City Attorney’s Office

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medlockJanet Medlock
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

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moserLynda Moser
Michael Best & Friedrich

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philipsLouie Phillips
Boardman & Clark

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premoAdam Premo
Axley Brynelson

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reiffSheila Reiff
Walworth County Clerk’s Office

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schroederMelinda Schroeder
Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic

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schuckDiane Schuck
Boardman & Clark

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szablewskiHolly Szablewski
First Judicial District, Milwaukee County

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thorntonAmy Thornton
Wisconsin Department of Justice

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wagnerLaurie Wagner
Quarles & Brady

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Unsung Heroes of 2014

Twenty-four of the Wisconsin legal community’s Unsung Heroes were honored Thursday with an awards luncheon at the Milwaukee Athletic Club in Milwaukee.

Meet this year’s Unsung Heroes:

Honoree Cheryl Fritche, of Horizons Law Group LLC, with her husband, Ron

Honoree Joan Zweber (center) with her Quarles & Brady LLP colleagues Vicki Hassi (left) and Ann Scholz

Honoree Sandra Peterson (center), of the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office, with daughter Anna Peterson (left) and mother Mildred Mathison

The honorees and colleagues from Michael Best & Friedrich LLP are (left to right) Jane Moberg, Lori Ott, Nancy Dragolovich and Phyllis Evans-Carr.

Honoree Richard Gureski, of Godfrey & Kahn SC, with daughter Abigail (left) and wife Chrissy

Staff photos by Kevin Harnack

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BauerBauer relishes career as record guardian

Sherry Bauer
court reporter, Kenosha County Circuit Court

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crandallCuriosity helps Crandall leap from art world to legal work

Jane Crandall
librarian, Axley Brynelson LLP, Madison

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CzyshCzysh plays multiple roles for Andrus

Sharon Czysh
Office manager, Andrus Intellectual Property Law LLP, Milwaukee

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DragolovichDragolovich completes successful career

Nancy Dragolovich
IP docketing and administrator manager (retired), Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee

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dunkinDunkin offers a helping hand

Regina Dunkin
executive director, Merrill Community Center Inc., Beloit

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Evans-CarrEvans-Carr masters art of event planning

Phyllis Evans-Carr
office manager/HR, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee

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FerrelFerrel leads by example

Deb Ferrel
paralegal, Hawks Quindel SC, Madison office

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FritcheSuccess is in the details for Fritche

Cheryl Fritche
legal assistant/paralegal, Horizons Law Group LLC, Brookfield

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GandeeGandee maintains serenity in hectic world

Julie Gandee
legal secretary, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee

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Gibbs-BeneshGibbs-Benesh thrives on change

Genny Gibbs-Benesh
paralegal, Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP, Madison

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Finn-GorskiFinn Gorski makes her mark in long career

Liz Finn Gorski
judicial operations manager, Vel Phillips Juvenile Justice Center, Wauwatosa

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GureskiGureski overcomes early career struggles

Richard Gureski
central file manager, Godfrey & Kahn SC, Milwaukee

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HansonHanson finds success with old-school ethics

Diane M. Hanson
office manager, Boardman & Clark LLP’s Baraboo office

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KarlsKarls crafts a steady career

Jean Karls
legal assistant, Axley Brynelson LLP, Madison

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KruegerKrueger marks time with technology

Susan Krueger
legal secretary, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee

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LoehnerLoehner seeks new challenges

Michele Loehner
paralegal, Habush, Habush & Rottier SC, Milwaukee

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MobergMoberg finds unexpected success

Jane Moberg
Director of Library Services, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee

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OttOtt leaves mark at Michael Best & Friedrich

Lori Ott
legal secretary, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee

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PackChallenges don’t faze legal secretary

Erika Pack
legal secretary, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee

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PazPaz finds success behind the scenes

Monica Paz
deputy clerk of courts, Waukesha County Juvenile Court

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PetersonPeterson offers help when defendants need it most

Sandra Peterson
legal associate, Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office

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SmithSmith finds satisfaction in helping others

Kathy Smith
budget and policy analyst, Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office

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UlrichDedication, adaptability power Ulrich

Sarah Ulrich
office manager/legal assistant, Becker Law Office SC, Madison

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ZweberZweber gives decades to Quarles & Brady

Joan Zweber
supervisor, office services, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee

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2011 Unsung Heroes

2011 Unsung Heroes – Court Clerk

2011 Unsung Heroes – Firm Administrator

2011 Unsung Heroes – Human Resources Professional

2011 Unsung Heroes – IT Specialist

2011 Unsung Heroes – Law Librarian

2011 Unsung Heroes – Legal Community Service

2011 Unsung Heroes – Legal Marketing Professional

2011 Unsung Heroes – Legal Secretary

2011 Unsung Heroes – Paralegal

Lifetime achievement – Susie Jankowski

Lifetime achievement – Judy Peters

Lifetime achievement – Linda Sharretts


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2010 Unsung Heroes of the Year

Court Clerk of the Year
Firm Administrator of the Year
IT Specialist of the Year
Human Resources Professional of the Year
Law Librarian of the Year
Legal Programs Professional of the Year
Legal Marketing Professional of the Year
Legal Secretary of the Year
Paralegal of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
2010 event photo gallery
2010 event photos on Facebook

2009 Unsung Heroes of the Year

Court Staff of the Year
Human Resources Professional of the Year
IT Specialist of the Year
Law Librarian of the Year
Legal Marketing Professional of the Year
Legal Secretary of the Year
Office Administrator of the Year
Paralegal of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner – Ed Thompson
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner – Diann Chapman
Additional Unsung Heroes – Award Winners
2009 event photo gallery

2008 Unsung Heroes of the Year

2008 event photo gallery

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