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Law student, attorney to be recognized at lunch for pro bono work

The Milwaukee Bar Association is recognizing an attorney and a Marquette law student for the pro bono legal work they’ve done.

The MBA announced Monday that the lawyer Lauren Blumenthal of The Blumenthal Group and the Marquette University Law School student Matthew Sowden have received the association’s 2018 Pro Bono Publico Awards.

Blumenthal, who earned her law degree from Marquette University Law School in 2005, provides pro bono representation to indigent and low-income people in early-intervention and treatment-court programs throughout the state.

Sowden has spent the last two years dedicating at least two hours a week to the Milwaukee Justice Center, a project aimed at helping pro se litigants move through the legal system. He racked up 120 hours of pro bono work. Sowden also collected data for the center’s divorce project.

Blumenthal and Sowden will be recognized at the MBA’s State of the Court Luncheon, which will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Wisconsin Club, 900 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee.

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