CRISTINA BORDÉ AND WISCONSIN LATINO EXONERATION PROGRAM RECEIVE ACCOLADES
Cristina Bordé was named one of 2018’s “Women to Watch” by Brava magazine. Bordé was recognized for launching the Wisconsin Latino Exoneration Program. Housed within the Wisconsin Innocence Project, the program provides legal assistance to Latino inmates in the state who have been wrongfully convicted and whose innocence can be shown by conducting DNA testing of the evidence. The program was also named a 2017 Wisconsin Legal Innovator by the Wisconsin State Bar.
UW Law School is ranked fourth in the nation for graduates working in government and public interest jobs. Using 2017 graduation employment data from the American Bar Association, a new Law.com report shows which schools had the highest percentage of graduates in employment categories, including government and public interest.
J. J. WATT’S CHARITABLE FOUNDATION GOT ITS START AT UW LAW SCHOOL
When former Badger football player J. J. Watt wanted to set up his charitable foundation, he was still an undergraduate at UW–Madison. Watt, now a defensive end for the Houston Texans, turned to the student attorneys at UW Law School’s Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic for help. Last year, Watt’s foundation raised more than $37 million to help Hurricane Harvey victims. Watt was named the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year, an award that recognizes one NFL player each year for excellence both on and off the football field. And in April, Watt was included in Time Magazine’s list of Most Influential People for 2018. Learn more about how the L&E Clinic helped J.J. Watt form his charitable foundation.
STEVEN BARKAN HONORED FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT BY WISCONSIN LAW JOURNAL
Steven Barkan has been named to Wisconsin Law Journal’s list of 2018 “Leaders in the Law.” The award recognizes Wisconsin attorneys, judges, and educators who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, vision, and expertise in the legal profession. Barkan, a UW Law professor and former director of the UW Law Library, received one of two special lifetime achievement awards at a February 15 ceremony honoring this year’s recipients. This spring, he retired from UW Law School after more than twenty years of service.
PROFESSORS CHARO AND GAINES PRESENTED AT 2017 TEDMED
Professors Alta Charo and Meg Gaines took the stage at TEDMED, the annual conference that showcases the latest ideas in health and medicine. They were two of approximately thirty international thought leaders chosen from thousands who were considered for the event. In her TEDMED talk, Charo examined how researchers can balance understandable public fears around scientific advances with potentially life-saving benefits. Gaines outlined her vision for the future of health care, in which patients and clinicians join as partners to co-create care plans and achieve better health outcomes.
UW LAW SCHOOL HONORS GODFREY & KAHN WITH LEO TRAILBLAZER AWARD
UW Law School has recognized the law firm Godfrey & Kahn with a special award for the firm’s ongoing commitment to UW Law students. Since 2004, Godfrey & Kahn has contributed more than $670,000 in scholarships to LEO students. Recipients are awarded a full-tuition scholarship for each of the three years they are enrolled at UW Law, along with mentoring by Godfrey & Kahn attorneys and employment as a first-year summer associate at the firm.
PEGGY HACKER NAMED AN ‘UNSUNG HERO’ BY WISCONSIN LAW JOURNAL
Peggy Hacker has been named a 2017 “Unsung Hero” by Wisconsin Law Journal. The award draws attention to the contributions and hard work that legal support staff bring to Wisconsin’s law offices, courts, and law schools. Hacker, who has worked at UW Law School for more than two decades, currently serves as senior administrative program specialist at the Frank J. Remington Center.