Howard Eisenberg exemplified the best in the legal profession by consistently maintaining an active and prodigious pro bono law practice.
Among his many accomplishments in his career, he served as the chief State Public Defender of the State of Wisconsin for six years, as Executive Director of the National Aid and Defender Association for five years, and as Dean of Marquette University Law School for seven years. Dean Eisenberg received several awards recognizing his deep commitment to pro bono legal services.
In his honor, Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund recognizes two individuals annually for their lifetime achievement in the delivery and development of pro bono legal services at our annual Howard B. Eisenberg Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner.
2022 Eisenberg Dinner
This year, we will be honoring Dr. Thomas K. Zander with the Howard B. Eisenberg Lifetime Achievement Award and Matthew V. Hayes of Legal Action of Wisconsin with the Distinguished Service Award at the Dinner on Saturday, October 29, 2022 at Saint Kate, The Arts Hotel in Milwaukee. The reception begins at 5:30 PM and the dinner and program begin at 6:30. John Pollock, a national expert on the right to counsel, will provide the keynote speech. Business attire is suggested.
You may register for the event here or by email by Thursday, October 20. Hotel rooms are available for the night of October 29 at a rate of $179 for a single room. Hotel room arrangements should be made through WEJF Executive Director Aly Lynch at email@example.com. This year’s dinner choices are:
- Grilled Filet of Beef with thyme scented potato pave, roasted asparagus, caramelized onion sauce espagnole
- Grilled Semi Boneless Chicken Breast with rosemary-dijon spaetzle, braised red cabbage, tart cherry crème fraiche
- Honey Glazed Sweet Potato Rye-sotto with caramelized pea tendrils (Vegan)
All three choices may be modified to be gluten free (GF) or dairy free (DF) or both, so please indicate any needed modifications when you register.
If local or state governments require any changes to the event, we will notify registrants by email.
About the Awards
The Howard B. Eisenberg Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have dedicated their careers to the development and delivery of civil legal services. This may include direct provision of legal services, development of innovative methods to deliver services, participation in legislative or litigation-based efforts to increase access to pro bono legal services, or working to raise the awareness of the legal needs of underserved populations.
The Distinguished Service Award honors an employee of one of WEJF’s member legal services law firms who has an exemplary record of service to underserved populations. Recipients of this award are chosen by the directors of our beneficiary organizations.
To nominate someone for the 2023 Howard B. Eisenberg Lifetime Achievement Award, please submit a letter or e-mail describing the nominee’s record of outstanding effort and accomplishments in one or more of the following areas:
- Direct provision of legal services to underserved segments of the population.
- Development of innovative methods for the delivery of legal services.
- Participation in and support of legislative or litigation-based initiatives to increase access to pro bono legal services.
- Improvement of awareness of the legal service needs of underserved populations.
Letters of nomination may be submitted by e-mail or postal mail to the address below.
PO Box 46103
Madison, WI 53744