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Moving Forward By Giving Back

Edward E. Robinson is the WAJ President and
a partner at Cannon & Dunphy, S.C.

As I sit down to write this column, it is hard to believe that my tenure as President of this tremendous organization is half over.  Actually, talking in more positive terms, it is only half begun.  Time does not stand still, and there is still much I want to do before I pass the baton.

In my incoming President’s message, I spoke about the decades’ long attack on the public image of trial lawyers, and what we can do to fight back and attempt to turn back this tide of negative public opinion.  If we wish our profession to be viewed as a noble one, we must all strive to demonstrate to the public through our actions—both inside and outside of the courtroom—that we are persons of high character with compassion for others.  One way we can show this is by volunteering our time and talents toward making a positive difference in our communities.  By leading through example in helping to improve our communities, perhaps we, as trial lawyers, can reverse course and improve public perception.   But even if our good deeds go unrecognized, it is still the right thing for us to do, and that is reason enough for each of us to find ways to improve our communities, even in small ways.   Keep Reading


Incoming President's Message
Edward E. Robinson, WAJ President

It is my distinct honor and privilege to serve as the next president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice.  I am humbled by the opportunity to serve and help lead this great organization.   And a great organization it is.  We stand up for civil justice.  We stand up for the right to trial by jury.  We zealously fight to protect the right to have full and fair access to the courts to seek redress for harms.  And we will continue to do so. 

Over the past 62 years, our organization has been blessed with great leadership.  During periods of turbulent political storms with clouds of anti-civil justice legislation looming overhead, our past leadership has navigated us safely through these troubled seas.  At times, we have taken on water and been at risk of capsizing, but the able hands at our helm have kept us afloat.  At other times, we have been pushed dangerously close to rocky shores, only to be saved through the skill of our captains.  We have no doubt sustained some damage, but not complete and total destruction. Keep Reading


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