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Incoming President's Message

Beverly Wickstrom, WAJ President and 
a partner with Gingras Thomsen & Wachs, LLP

My parents taught me to believe in fairness, equality and justice. They taught me the importance of working to make these values a reality for everyone. I try to live out those principles now both at work and in my personal life.

At WAJ, I am surrounded by people who share the same values and dedicate their lives to make them a reality for everyone, one client at a time. I am honored to be in your company and to have been selected as your next president.

Over the next year, in addition to continuing to develop and nurture the positive programs started by my predecessors, and supporting the hardworking chairs and co-chairs of existing committees and caucuses, I plan to work on several initiatives to continue moving our ideals forward. Keep Reading


A Tribute to Justice Shirley Abrahamson

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

Trailblazer. Driven. Tireless. Fair and impartial. Brilliant legal scholar. These are just a few of the many terms that describe Shirley Abrahamson.

In July of this year, Shirley Abrahamson stepped down from the Wisconsin Supreme Court after completing her fourth 10-year term. In her 43 years on the state’s highest court, almost half of them as our Chief Justice, she has left behind an unparalleled legacy, wherein she authored more than 535 majority opinions, 491 dissenting opinions, and 325 concurring opinions.1 These figures  do not include the tens of thousands of petitions for review, bypasses, certifications and lawyer and judicial disciplinary cases to have come before the Court during her tenure.  She has certainly earned her retirement.  Keep Reading


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


 


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