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State Bar rescinds award for convicted felon

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state bar association has stripped a lawyer convicted in a sexual assault of a prestigious award in the wake of stinging criticism from Attorney General Brad Schimel.

The State Bar of Wisconsin announced Tuesday that Stephan Addison had won the 2018 Jack DeWitt WisLAP Volunteer Award, which recognizes lawyers, judges or groups that have helped attorneys with stress, addiction or mental-health troubles.

Schimel ripped the bar for picking Addison, saying Addison didn’t deserve it because he was convicted of a felony in connection with a sexual-assault case in 2005

The bar posted a news release on Thursday saying that the award committee had reconvened earlier in the day and decided to rescind the award at the request of bar leadership.

Addison didn’t immediately reply to an email.

One comment

  1. I am extremely embarrassed for the State Bar of Wisconsin and the committee members who made this decision.
    Apparently, a Wisconsin lawyer who got in some legal trouble 13 years ago turned his life around and did a lot of good, or he wouldn’t have received this award.
    It’s an embarrassment to have the award rescinded because Brad Schimel, the attorney general, “ripped” the committee for presenting the award.
    In the interest of full disclosure I am a supporter of Brad Schimel and when I talked to him by phone earlier this week I informed him that I was going to make these comments very critical of him for getting involved in something that is none of his business.

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