University of Wisconsin–Madison

Michele LaVigne receives 'Leaders in the Law' award

Michele LaVigne, a University of Wisconsin Law School professor, has won Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2019 Leaders in the Law award.

The award honors top judges, attorneys and legal professionals who have made a difference in Wisconsin’s legal community.



LaVigne directs the Public Defender Project, in which law students are placed as interns in public defender offices throughout Wisconsin. She also teaches courses in criminal law, professional responsibility and trial advocacy

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Several UW Law alumni join LaVigne on this year's Leaders in the Law list:

  • Colleen Ball ’91, Wisconsin State Public Defenders Office

  • John Birdsall ’89, Birdsall Law Offices
  • Maggie Cook ’09, Godfrey & Kahn

  • James Egle ’92, Stafford Rosenbaum

  • Jeff Hynes ’84, Hynes & Kuhn

  • Tara Jenswold ’98, Wisconsin Department of Justice

  • Nancy Peterson ’83, Quarles & Brady

Honorees will be formally recognized at a February 21 dinner in Milwaukee.

Submitted by Law School News on March 28, 2019

This article appears in the categories: Faculty, Features, UW Women in Law

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