The Third Branch
|Chief Judge Jeffrey A. Kremers speaks at the State Bar's award ceremony, where he was honored as Judge of the Year.||
Retired Outagamie County Circuit Court Judge Harold V. Froehlich accepts the State Bar's Lifetime Jurist Achievement Award at the awards ceremony at the Judicial Conference on Nov. 7.
The State Bar of Wisconsin has awarded retired Outagamie County Circuit Court Judge Harold V. Froehlich its Lifetime Jurist Achievement Award.
Froehlich was first appointed to the bench in 1981, and served until his retirement in 2011. He continues to serve as a reserve judge. While on the circuit court bench, he served as chief judge for the Eight Judicial District, president of the Wisconsin Trial Judges Association, and as a delegate for the National Conference of State Trial Judges.
Before his appointment to the bench, he served in the state Assembly for 10 years, four as as Assembly Speaker. He served one term in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was one of only a few Republicans to vote for the impeachment of then President Richard M. Nixon. He is also a former family court commissioner for Outagamie County, and the former director of the Outagamie County Child Support Agency.
"Harold Froehlich has had an enormous impact on Wisconsin government," Supreme Court Justice David T. Prosser, who served as Froehlich's administrative assistant in Washington, told the State Bar. "As a legislator, he strengthened the legislative branch by firming up legislative service agencies. When he became a circuit judge, he worked to strengthen and modernize the Wisconsin judiciary. His truly historic work for the judiciary will be remembered long after many other significant accomplishments with the judiciary have been forgotten."
The Lifetime Jurist Achievement Award recognizes the outstanding judicial service of judges who have served more than one full term as a circuit court judge.
Chief Judge Jeffrey A. Kremers, Milwaukee County Circuit Court, was named Judge of the Year by the State Bar. The award is given out to a circuit court judge who has exceeded the call of judicial duty.
Kremers' most recent example of going above and beyond came after the fire that damaged and temporarily shut down the Milwaukee County Courthouse this summer. Kremers was among the first at the courthouse to assess the damage.
"Although Jeff would be an outstanding candidate in any year, he is especially deserving of this distinction in 2013, with near heroic levels of services to our court and community," Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Richard J. Sankovitz wrote in his nominating letter. "As a result of Jeff's work, many of our courtrooms were fully functioning by the end of the same week and the rest of the courthouse was fully back in service in two weeks. With Jeff's leadership and tenacity, the backlog caused by the fire was put behind us long ago."
In his letter of nomination from the Milwaukee Trial Judges Association (MTJA), President Paul Van Grunsven, Milwaukee County Circuit Court, included the following comment from the Hon. Charles Kahn, MTJA Board member: "His hands-on direction of the restoration of court services after the July 2013 fire was nothing less than awesome."
Kremers was appointed Chief Judge in September 2008, following 16 years as a Milwaukee Circuit Court Judge. Among accomplishments as chief judge, Kremers has overseen development and implementation of the Praxis evidence-based bail setting system, redeveloped and enhanced the Day Reporting Center to reduce recidivism and provide education and rehabilitative services to non-violent offenders, worked with county officials to improve the effectiveness of the House of Correction and provided support for the continuation of the Milwaukee Justice Center.
Dane County Court Reporter Ann Albert accepts the Wisconsin Court Reporters Association's Distinguished Service Award from retired Dane County Circuit Court Judge Daniel R. Moeser.
The Wisconsin Court Reporters Association (WCRA) has named Ann Albert its 2013 Distinguished Service Award recipient. Albert has served on the board of the WCRA as a director and treasurer. The WCRA praised her for her professionalism in her own court branch, and in assisting in other branches as needed. Albert's award was presented to her by her husband, Dane County Circuit Court Judge John C. Albert; their son, Austin; and retired Dane County Circuit Court Judge Daniel R. Moeser.
Doris Pfeiffer of Eau Claire was named the recipient of the WCRA's 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. Pfeiffer worked as a court reporter from 1976 until August of 2013.
"Throughout the years, this reporter has quietly and very efficiently volunteered her time to further court reporting and the Wisconsin Court Reporters Association," an article in the WCRA newsletter read.