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Milwaukee Bar Association honors legal community, introduces Board at annual meeting



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Milwaukee Bar Association honors legal community, introduces Board at annual meeting


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On Tuesday, The Milwaukee Bar Association held its annual meeting, giving out awards to Milwaukee’s legal community and introducing several new members to Association’s board of directors.

Hon. Michael Skwierawski was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award (posthumous).

As previously reported by the Wisconsin Law Journal, Milwaukee may have lost of a legal legend, but Judge Michael Skwierawski‘s legacy will live on throughout Wisconsin’s legal community and beyond.

Mary Ferwerda, Chief Deputy Clerk of Circuit Court, Milwaukee County was awarded with MBA’s Lawyer of the Year Award.

Attorney Tom Reed received MBA’s 2024 distinguished service award. Reed currently serves as Regional Attorney Manager and Milwaukee Trial Assistant State Public Defender

The following is a list of MBA‘s 2024-2025 Board of Directors.

President Michelle Wagner Ebben, Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP

President-Elect Leila Nadim Sahar, Kravit, Hovel & Krawczyk, S.C.

Vice President Joseph M. Russell, von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

Secretary/Treasurer Olivia M. Kelley, DeWitt, LLP

Director Mark J. Goldstein, Goldstein Law Group SC

Director Kristen D. HardyNorthwestern Mutual

Director Hannah R. Jahn, Milwaukee City Attorneys Office

Director Kristina J. Matic, Foley & Lardner LLP

Director Melissa Papaleo, Selective Insurance Company of America

Director Lisa Procaccio, Milwaukee County Office of Corporation Counsel

Director Allen Schlinsog, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.

Director Emily Logan StedmanHusch Blackwell LLP

Isaiah Burroughs, Marquette University Law School Student Liaison, 2L

Twinkle Dutta, Marquette University Law School Student Liaison, 2L

Dominique Fortune, Marquette Law School Student Liaison, 3L

During an interview with the Wisconsin Law Journal on Thursday, Hardy said, “It’s been a pleasure to serve on the board for the past 5 years, and particularly special to serve this past year with my friend and colleague Emil at the helm. I look forward to continuing the great work of the MBA with our new president, Michelle, and to once again serve with newly elected board members Emily Stedman and Judge Kori Ashley, who I’ve had the pleasure of working with through various State Bar initiatives. I am also excited to continue serving as co-chair of the MBA’s Strategic Planning Task Force to ensure an even better Bar for both members and the community.”


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