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Law Journal honors its Women in the Law

award2In front of several hundred of her peers, Assistant Attorney General Sally Wellman was honored Tuesday night as Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2013 Woman of the Year.

The award capped off the evening’s 2013 Women in the Law awards, an annual event hosted by the Wisconsin Law Journal with help from presenting sponsor Associated Bank. Twenty-seven outstanding female members of the state’s legal community were honored at the event, which was attended by more than 350 people at Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel.

Honorees were selected from more than 50 peer-submitted nominations. See below for a full list of this year’s winners.



The Woman of the Year distinction is made by the Association for Women Lawyers, Wisconsin Law Journal’s event partner in the annual awards.

In choosing her for the honor, the group’s board noted Wellman’s significant caseload and dedication to mentoring prosecutors in Wisconsin and across the country.

“Sally has made a huge footprint on the legal profession in Wisconsin,” the group said. “To say that she has handled significant cases would be a serious understatement. Sally’s work has changed the landscape of criminal law in the state of Wisconsin.”

Also receiving special honors at the event was Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Jean DiMotto, a recently retired Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge.

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Meet the 2013 Women in the Law:


Wellman fiercely defends constitutional cases

Sally Wellman
Wisconsin Department of Justice

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Bochert carves her own path in long career

Linda Bochert
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

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Campion champions several causes, including her own

Angela Campion
Campion Law LLC

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Dorow puts family first in courtroom and out

Jennifer Dorow
Waukesha County Circuit Court

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Finn never forgets the victims

Laura Przybylinski Finn
U.S. Attorney’s Office

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Grady demonstrates judicial ideals

Sandra Grady
Milwaukee County Circuit Court

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Howell strikes the right life balance

Bobbi Howell
Foley & Lardner LLP

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Hrovat proves a ‘quick fit’ at Milwaukee firm

Jacqueline G. Hrovat
Mallery & Zimmerman SC

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An appealing argument for change

Mary Kennelly
Fox & Fox SC

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Lavin seeks to strike balance

Molly Lavin
Habush Habush & Rottier SC

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Lindner steps up to CEO challenge

Amy Lindner
Meta House Inc.

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Lovejoy wears many hats for Douglas County

Rebecca Lovejoy
Douglas County Circuit Court

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McCarthy rises above doubters

Amelia McCarthy
Gass Weber Mullins LLC

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Nell channels early interests

Tricia Nell
Tricia Nell Law Office SC

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Nusslock makes time for mentoring

Kathy Nusslock
Davis & Kuelthau SC

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Powers proves she can do whatever it takes

Jennifer Powers
Quarles & Brady LLP

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Ratzel’s gamble pays off

Mary Lee Ratzel
von Briesen & Roper SC

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Raymond leads by example

Margaret Raymond
UW Law School

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Rigsby thrives despite her fears

Cynthia J. Rigsby
Foley & Lardner LLP

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Violent offenders no match for Big Sis

Rita Rumbelow
U.S. Attorney’s Office

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Complex cases keep Schellinger on the move

Susan Schellinger
Davis & Kuelthau SC

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Smetana committed to improving the system

Dana Smetana
State Public Defender’s Office

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Stadler, bankruptcy cases an ideal fit

Katherine Stadler
Godfrey & Kahn SC

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Sullivan succeeds at her many roles

Sheila Sullivan
Bell, Moore & Richter SC

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Walther bucks family trend in practice choice

Jennifer Walther
Mawicke & Goisman SC

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Zylstra advocates in and outside her firm

Sarah Zylstra
Boardman & Clark LLP

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DiMotto goes out on top

Jean DiMotto
Milwaukee County Circuit Court

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