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An event honoring Wisconsin’s Women in the Law will be held June 12, 2014 at The Pfister in Milwaukee. Those chosen for this honor will also be featured in a special Wisconsin Law Journal publication.

The Pfister Hotel
424 East Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.: Registration & cocktails

6:30 p.m.: Dinner

7:15 – 8:00 p.m.: Awards presentation



2014 Women in the Law

Jessie Lochmann Allen — Foley & Lardner LLP

Shannon Allen — Fox O’Neill & Shannon SC

Erin Murphy Barbato — Barbato Immigration Law LLC

Justice Ann Walsh Bradley — Wisconsin Supreme Court

Monica Burkert-Brist — Wisconsin Department of Justice

R. Alta Charo — University of Wisconsin Law School

Jean-Marie Crahan — Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP

Erin Dickinson — Hansen Reynolds Dickinson Crueger LLC

Joan Bartels Farrell — Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin Inc.

Rachelle Hart — Aurora Health Care Inc.

Jill Hartley — The Previant Law Firm SC

Michelle Ackerman Havas — Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office Children’s Court Center

Patricia Hintz — Quarles & Brady LLP

Rebecca Wickhem House — Harley-Davidson Inc.

Jane Kirkeide — Sager & Colwin Law Offices SC

Joan Klimpel — Godfrey & Kahn SC

Donna Kuchler — Kuchler & Cotton SC

Jean LaTour — Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office

Larraine McNamara-McGraw — Horizons Law Group LLC

Laura Peck — Axley Brynelson LLP

Antonina Prestigiacomo — Foley & Lardner LLP

Cari Anne Renlund — DeWitt Ross & Stevens SC

Miriam J. “Jodie” Rohrer — Dane County District Attorney’s Office

June Spoerl — Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office

Catherine Tully — Habush Habush & Rottier SC

Daphne Webb — Stafford Rosenbaum LLP

Mary Wolfe — Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office

Women in the Law 2013

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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