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Who’s Doing What: Milwaukee Bar Association Pro Bono Publico awards

For the third year, the Milwaukee Bar Association recognized an individual attorney, an organization and a law student for outstanding pro bono work with its annual Pro Bono Publico awards Oct. 12 at the MBA’s eighth annual State of the Court Luncheon.

Kristine Havlik of Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee, was honored for creating Wisconsin Wills for Heroes a national pro bono program that provides eligible emergency personnel with free basic estate planning documents to protect themselves and their families. Havlik contributed hundreds of pro bono hours to start and lead the Wisconsin program by coordinating with sponsors, overseeing tasks completed by other team members, developing the training program for volunteers, recruiting attorney participants and developing the estate planning presentation for participants.

The Catholic Charities Legal Services to Immigrants was recognized for its work managing thousands of family immigration cases each year. The work is coordinated among three full-time attorneys, certified immigration paralegals, three Marquette law students and more than 70 trained pro bono attorneys from Quarles & Brady LLC, Foley & Lardner LLC, and Northwestern Mutual.

Kristin Lindemann, a Marquette law school student, was honored for her work as the student coordinator for the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic at the Milwaukee Justice Center. Lindemann works with clinic supervisors to strengthen student training, student involvement and clinic systems.

Roberta Ann Heckes
, an attorney from Adell, has been chosen to receive the 2011 John Lederer Service Award from the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Section. The award will be presented at the group’s annual conference Oct. 28 in the Wisconsin Dells. Heckes is a 1999 Marquette University Law School graduate.

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