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Godfrey & Kahn SC will hosts the 60th Annual Meeting of the 7th Circuit Bar Association on the evening of May 16 at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.

The annual dinner will include remarks from United States Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan in her inaugural year as Associate Justice for the Seventh Circuit. The keynote speaker following Justice Kagan will be Ken Feinberg, to whom the ABA Journal referred as the “Master of Disasters” for his work as special master of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and, more recently, administrator of the fund to compensate those affected by the BP oil spill.

The firm also announced that The American Health Lawyers Association has reappointed attorney Thomas Shorter as chair of its Labor and Employment Practice Group. This one-year appointment is effective June 25, 2011.

The AHLA is the nation’s largest, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) educational organization devoted to legal issues in the healthcare field with more than 10,000 members. Members include attorneys, in-house counsel, solo practitioners, government and public interest attorneys, academicians, students, paralegals and health professionals.

Ruder Ware announced that Eau Claire-based attorney Christopher Seelen has earned his national certification in creditors’ rights law from the American Board of Certification. Seelen is only the 6th attorney in Wisconsin to achieve certification in creditors rights and the only attorney outside the greater Milwaukee area. He is a member of Ruder Ware’s Banking & Financial Institutions Focus Team and represents banks, credit unions, and other creditors in bankruptcy court and state court.

The American Board of Certification is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the public and improving the quality of the bankruptcy bar.

A team of Xavier High School students finished 7th at the National Mock Trial Championship in Phoenix, AZ on May 8. The team, which is coached by Appleton-area teachers and attorneys, earned the right to compete against top-ranked teams from 47 other states by finishing first in the 2011 Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Tournament on March 14 in Madison.

Members of the Xavier High School Mock Trial State Tournament Championship Team who participated in the Phoenix event are: Meggie Christopher, Kassandra DiPietro, Sarah Dremel, Grace Flaherty, Joe Flaherty, Alex Gregorski, Sarah Metropulos, Eric Wert and Sam Zlevor. Joe Flaherty received the 2011 tournament’s “Best Attorney Award.”

The team is coached by Xavier High School teacher coaches Kelli McGreevey and Thrish Birr-Zimmer and by attorney coaches Kevin Lonergan and Daniel Flaherty.

Additional information about the Mock Trial program and other law-related education activities sponsored by the State Bar of Wisconsin can be found on the State Bar’s website.

Quarles & Brady LLP announced that John Daniels, chairman of the firm, was a recipient of this year’s Friends of the Hispanic Community Award from the United Community Center.

Friends of the Hispanic Community honorees are individuals who have made contributions to the development and well-being of the Hispanic community at large. Five recipients were honored at the UCC’s 41st Anniversary Celebration on May 6 in Milwaukee.

Daniels is well recognized in the legal and business communities, but also well-known for his volunteer work in the greater Milwaukee area. He is vice chairman of the Greater Milwaukee Committee and serves on the boards of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, Ralph Evinrude Foundation, Zilber Neighborhood Initiative, V&J Foods Inc., the North Milwaukee State Bank, Greater Milwaukee Foundation and Aurora Health Care. He previously served on the boards of the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Milwaukee.

Daniels, who earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, is the only African-American chairman of an AmLaw 200 law firm, according to a press release.

The UCC provides education, cultural arts, recreation and community development programs, as well as health and human services in an effort to help individuals achieve their potential by focusing on cultural heritage as a means of personal development.

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