These awards are for volunteers who did outstanding work to support the Partners in Giving Campaign.
• Doug Palm Community Service Award: Volunteer demonstrating creativity, resourcefulness, enthusiasm, integrity and outstanding achievement.
• Partners in Giving Excellence Award: A dedicated reliable, grassroots involved person who did an outstanding job in making the campaign a success.
• Robert A. Alesch Award: Volunteer who has served in multiple Partners in Giving leadership roles over an extended period.
• Partners in Giving Innovation Events Award: Individual or individuals within an agency, school or unit who initiated or conducted a special event or events which measurably improved the agency’s, school’s or unit’s campaign over prior years.
You must be a State Bar member to view the awards page. To qualify for the competition the primary author must be a State Bar member in good standing and the brief must have been submitted to an appellate court, but it doesn't need to have been the winning brief. Briefs are judged on clarity of writing, depth of analysis, and persuasiveness – not on the apparent merits of any issue.
Through "That's a Fine Idea! Legal Innovation Wisconsin," the State Bar of Wisconsin welcomes nominations from the legal profession and public that help tell the story of legal innovation in Wisconsin.
This award recognizes an exceptional senior lawyer who has made significant contributions to the legal community, has shown respect for the legal system, and has demonstrated a love for the law and what it seeks to accomplish.
UW Law School’s annual teaching awards demonstrate the value we place on excellent teaching. Our faculty engage and inspire UW Law students through thoughtful pedagogy, and we are proud to honor them for this important work. Awards include
• Classroom Teacher of the Year
• Clinical Teacher of the Year
• Adjunct Teacher of the Year
The Academic Staff Excellence awards honor nine academic staff members annually in the following categories:
• Chancellor’s Hilldale Award for Excellence in Teaching
• Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Research (two awards)
• Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Service to the University
• Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Leadership (two awards)
• Robert and Carroll Heideman Award for Excellence in Public Service and Outreach
• Martha Casey Award for Dedicated Service to the University
• Ann Wallace Career Achievement Award
Administrative Improvement Awards recognize outstanding work at UW-Madison in process design or redesign, innovation, development or customer service that resulted in improved efficiency, increased revenue channels, cost savings and/or improved service delivery. The award may go to an individual or team.
The Libraries Staff Service Awards, which is inclusive of all UW Madison campus libraries, recognize service in the following areas:
Exemplary working relationships with library colleagues and/or library patrons
Contributions to establishing a welcoming and inclusive learning and research environment
High productivity coupled with teamwork, leadership, and/or cooperation
Creativity, initiative, and independence that positively influences library services
Achievements and work products that significantly benefit library services
Individual faculty members, departments, and student organizations are invited to submit nominations of faculty members whose teaching is of such quality that it merits recognition and award. The committee encourages the nomination of any exceptional distinguished teacher, regardless of specialty or rank. The UW-Madison faculty distinguished teaching awards include:
• Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Awards (5 awards)
• Chancellor’s Inclusive Excellence Award recognizes achievements in diversity and inclusion (2 awards)
• Class of 1955 Teaching Excellence Award is designated for an Assistant or Associate Professor
• Emil Steiger Teaching Award
• Van Hise Outreach Teaching Award recognizes excellence in outreach teaching
• Excellence in Community-Based Learning Teaching Award celebrates the incorporation of meaningful community engagement into courses
• Chancellor’s Teaching Innovation Award recognizes innovation in approach to learning
The Community–University Engagement Award, a program started under the leadership of LaMarr Billups, recognizes the work of UW–Madison faculty, staff, and students, and their community partners across the state of Wisconsin, as they address pressing public issues in Madison and the surrounding region.
These awards acknowledge and honor women of color among UW-Madison faculty, staff, students (undergraduate or post-baccalaureate) and in the greater Madison community, who have made outstanding contributions in one or more of the following areas:
• social justice, activism and advocacy on behalf of disadvantaged, marginalized populations
• community service
• scholarly research, writing, speaking and/or teaching on race, ethnicity and indigeneity in U.S. society, and
• community building on- or off-campus, to create an inclusive and respectful environment for all
Fellowship in the Teaching Academy is an honor bestowed on individuals who have demonstrated teaching excellence, are recognized and nominated by their peers, and are committed to advancing the mission of the Academy. Each year, a faculty or staff member is selected by a peer committee to receive the Academy Award for excellence in teaching.
The University Staff Recognition Award is presented each year to those employees who are recognized for their outstanding achievements. Everyone who is nominated, regardless if they are among the final 10 winners or not, will have their names published on a ‘Roll of Honor’. The Elizabeth S. Pringle Award is limited to those members of the University Staff who hold Office Support Titles which includes many Law School staff
The William F. Vilas Trust Estate provides funding for numerous awards each year including the following: Research Professorship Award, Associates Award, Distinguished Achievement Professorship Award, Faculty Mid-Career/Early Career Investigator Award, Research Investigator Award, Life Cycle Award, Retirement Award, Fellowships and Scholarships Award, and Supplemental Research Funds Award.
The Vilas Faculty Early Investigator Award recognizes research and teaching excellence in faculty who are relatively early in their careers. The Vilas Faculty Mid-Career Investigator Awards to recognize research and teaching excellence in mid-career faculty members. These awards provide between $25,000 and $100,000 in flexible funding over two years.
The purpose of the Regents Academic Staff Excellence Awards is to recognize the dedicated work, vital services, and outstanding contributions of the UW System’s non-instructional academic staff. The funds for these awards are designated to support professional development or other activities approved by the recipients that enhance a university program or function.
This award recognizes institutional change agents (individuals, departments, programs, units, and teams) who have established a successful record in fostering greater access and success for students who are members of historically underrepresented populations (including African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American, and Southeast Asian), first-generation and/or economically disadvantaged.
The purpose of the Regents Teaching Excellence Awards is to recognize outstanding teaching in the UW System. The funds for this award are expected to be used for further program enhancements, such as professional development or teaching-related supplies and expenses.
The purpose of the Regents University Staff Excellence Awards is to recognize the dedicated work, vital services, initiative, and outstanding contributions of the UW System’s university staff. The funds for these awards are designated to support professional development or other activities approved by the recipients that enhance a university program or function.
Successful candidates will be LGBTQ+ people or their allies whose contributions have advanced the work of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence in the following ways:
• Whose advocacy, activism, or scholarship has fostered social justice and organizational change
• Who have created positive transformation within their institutions and/or the community to achieve the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion
• Whose efforts are improving the climate for, or status and visibility of, LGBTQ+ people
The Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award honors women of color from around the state for their leadership in making significant and lasting contribution to their campuses, their communities, or both. Successful candidates will be women of color whose contributions have advanced the work of diversity, equity, and Inclusive Excellence. UW System faculty, staff, student, or community members are eligible.
The Gordon Sinykin Award of Excellence recognizes a lawyer, law firm or group of lawyers who are Bar members and have worked to fulfill a single, significant work in a law-related education or public service project during the previous year.
Awards are given to individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a significant contribution toward creating a diverse and inclusive business/academic/social community though the implementation of policies, procedures, initiatives, and/or programs.
Lawyers in Wisconsin do outstanding work. But where would they be without the members of their support staff who work hard behind the scenes to get it all done? The Wisconsin Law Journal is honoring the state’s unsung legal heroes. Law Librarian is one of a number of categories recognized.
Up and Coming Lawyers: An attorney or support staff who have displayed excellence during their first 8 years in the field.
Leaders in the Law: An attorney or support staff who have at least 15 years in the legal community and have excelled at their chosen profession.