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“With her gifted legal mind and incredible dedication, Sally has made Wisconsin a safer place to call home,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.
MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is pleased to announce today that Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Assistant Attorney General Sally L. Wellman is being recognized tomorrow night in Milwaukee as a 2013 “Women in Law” honoree by the Wisconsin Law Journal. The Wisconsin Law Journal presents this annual award to “honor outstanding achievement by the top women in the practice of law.”
“I congratulate Sally and thank her for her tremendous public service throughout the past 30 years,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “With her gifted legal mind and incredible dedication, Sally has made Wisconsin a safer place to call home. She has handled many of the most difficult and important criminal appeals on behalf of the state and has made significant contributions to criminal law at the national level as well.”
Wellman joined the DOJ as an Assistant Attorney General, assigned to the Criminal Appeals Unit, in 1979 and considers this position her “dream job.” The Criminal Appeals unit represents the state in all felony appeals before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. Prior to joining the DOJ, Wellman taught emotionally disturbed and delinquent teenagers at Taylor Children’s Home in Racine and attributes her experience working with those teenagers, and their prior legal proceedings, to her pursuing a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.
In nominating her, the DOJ’s Administrator of the Division of Legal Services, Kevin Potter, wrote “What is truly remarkable about Ms. Wellman, however, is how she has so generously served as an informal teacher, mentor, and role model to dozens of DOJ lawyers and law student assistants in addition to brilliantly handling her own demanding workload.”
Wellman’s colleague, Assistant Attorney General Christine Remington, added, “She always takes the time to listen and offer advice on any criminal law issue no matter how pressing her own deadline, and I am often impressed at how easily she can point me in the right direction.”
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