The Wisconsin Association for Justice
MADISON — Wisconsin's largest statewide voluntary bar association today officially changed its name from the Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers to the Wisconsin Association for Justice (WAJ). The organization previously announced their membership had unanimously voted in favor of the change at their annual meeting on Friday,
November 30, 2007 in Milwaukee.
“Our new name, the Wisconsin Association for Justice, properly highlights the organization's mission and our member's work to protect the right of everyone to seek justice - even when taking on the most powerful interests,” said WAJ President Christine Bremer Muggli. “We are more than just an organization of trial attorneys. We are an organization of advocates for a system that ensures justice for any person who suffers injury due to misconduct, or negligence.”
The new name, the Wisconsin Association for Justice, better articulates what is at stake in the fight to strengthen and protect the civil justice system, ensuring justice for all, not just a privileged few. The name appropriately reflects a renewed commitment to justice and the work of member attorneys. The organization's new mission statement outlines this commitment:
The Mission of the Wisconsin Association for Justice is to promote a fair and effective justice system - one that ensures justice for all, not just a privileged few. The Association supports the work of attorneys to ensure any person harmed due to work place injury or injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can have a fair day in court, even when taking on the most powerful interests.
The Association strives to achieve and maintain the highest standards of professional ethics and competency while educating and training in the art of advocacy. The Association and its members are dedicated to benefiting communities across Wisconsin through local events and charitable giving.
Since the members voted in favor of the new name, WAJ has been working on the numerous logistical items associated with the name change. In the coming days and weeks, WAJ will be unveiling many new methods by which the organization will communicate with the media, elected officials and the public. This will include such things as a revamped website and publication as well as additional member services.
“This change provides us with a tremendous opportunity,” said Bremer Muggli. “We have the ability to help ensure everyone in Wisconsin can seek justice when they have been wronged. Everyone in this state deserves a voice. Everyone in this state deserves someone on their side. We have the opportunity to be that voice, that advocate for consumers.”
The abbreviated name for the Wisconsin Association for Justice is pronounced as W-A-J. Each letter is said separately.
WAJ will unveil a new website at a later date, however, their address, phone and fax numbers will remain the same.