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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is pleased to announce today that Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Assistant Attorney General Clayton Kawski is being recognized tomorrow night in Milwaukee as a 2013 “Up and Coming Lawyers” honoree by the Wisconsin Law Journal. The Wisconsin Law Journal presents this annual award to outstanding attorneys with eight years or less of experience.
“I congratulate Clay on this much-deserved honor,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “Having been assigned cases presenting some of the most complex legal issues facing the DOJ in recent years, Clay has proven adept at developing comprehensive litigation strategy, as well as writing and arguing persuasively, well beyond his years of experience.”
Kawski joined the DOJ as an Assistant Attorney General in 2010 and has handled a number of significant and noteworthy cases, such as the constitutional challenges to the voter photo identification law, and the constitutionality of Wisconsin’s campaign finance laws in the federal district and appellate courts. Prior to joining the DOJ, Kawski graduated summa cum laude from Northern Illinois University College of Law, clerked for Justice David T. Prosser on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and worked as an associate attorney at Michael Best & Friedrich from 2008 to 2010.
In nominating him, the DOJ’s Administrator of the Division of Legal Services, Kevin Potter, wrote, “One cannot simply describe Clay as ‘promising’ or on a ‘fast track,’ because he is already an accomplished lawyer. We look forward, however, to watching Clay become one of the top attorneys practicing law in Wisconsin. DOJ and the public are fortunate that Clay has chosen to make a career in public service.”
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