Paralegal of the Year Award
The Paralegal of the Year Award is presented to a paralegal that has consistently demonstrated knowledge of the law, perseverance in their cases and to their attorneys’ clients, superior paralegal skills and whose commitment and overall attitude is an inspiration to other paralegals. Paralegals perform crucial work in helping their law firms get justice on their clients’ behalf. We hope that this award will help to bring well deserved attention to the crucial role that paralegals play in our civil justice system.
Nomination Deadline: Nominations are accepted through September 30th each year.
Award Requirements: Paralegal needs to be a WAJ member for 1 year.
Nominations Should Include the Following:
- Nominator contact information; nominee's current bio; contact information for nominee's current employer; a letter that describes how the nominee consistently demonstrates knowledge of the law, perseverance in their cases and to their attorneys’ clients, superior paralegal skills and whose commitment and overall attitude is an inspiration to other paralegals.
Types of Nominations Accepted: Self-nomination, attorney nominations and/or peer nomination.
Judging Committee: Chairs of the Paralegal / Legal Assistant Section, three additional member paralegals and WAJ's Executive Director will judge the nominations.
Award Presentation Time and Location: Award will be presented as part of WAJ's Winter Seminar & Annual Meeting. Normally at 8:30 am at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. Award will be presented by WAJ's Paralegal Co-chairs and the attorney of the winning paralegal.
Awarded: The Award recipient receives an engraved keepsake, free registration to the Winter Seminar to accept the award, a Banquet ticket for a guest, and a special gift.
Number of Awards Each Year: WAJ will award one Paralegal award each year.
Award Submission and Questions:
- Contact Bryan Roessler of WAJ at 608-210-3390
- Submit nominations to Bryan Roessler at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at 14 West Mifflin Street, Suite 207, Madison, WI 53703
Past Award Recipients:
2016 - Laurel A. Wirth, Appleton
Laurel A. Wirth, Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd
Laurel has been a member of the Wisconsin Association for Justice-Paralegal section since its inception. She has been a program coordinator for WAJ seminars and has spoken at WAJ seminars as recently as last year.
Laurel has been involved in a number of activities outside of work. She was a past Winnebago County 4-H General Leader; past paralegal of Wisconsin member. She is currently the Director of two boards at her church, Trinity Lutheran Church & School-Menasha. She also volunteers at the Wisconsin Potato Growers Auxillary at the Wisconsin State Fair.
Laurel has been married to her husband, Tim for 36 years. She has two children, Nathaniel and his wife Ashley and Amanda and her husband, Jasen. She is a happy Nana to Riley and another grandson is expected in January.