Kathleen M Baird Dolphin Award

Kathleen M Baird Dolphin Award

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The CFLCW Dolphin Award grew out of an effort of a group of collaborative professionals in California as they sought to develop a symbol for their work. They selected a dolphin that was the centerpiece of a unique wall hanging that contained the challenge of “breath deep, fly high, seek peace.” CFLCW adopted that symbol as the centerpiece of its first dolphin award given in 2005 to those members who through extraordinary and unselfish service to the council exemplify the very best effort in meeting that challenge.

In 2013, the CFLCW Board adopted a proclamation naming the Annual Dolphin Service Award in honor and memory of Kathleen M. Baird, JD, the 5th Chair of CFLCW.

“I am gratified when my clients use the words ‘professional’ and ‘compassionate’ to describe my work. It means I am serving them well. – Kathy Baird, JD

 


2021
JANICE WEXLER, JD

Elisabeth Bach-Van Horn JD, announcing the 2021 recipients:

The first recipient of the 2021 Dolphin Award is a proud Madison native and UW Law School graduate.  She served her local, state, and national bar associations in a wide variety of roles.

She was involved in a number of Council committees and public outreach efforts, all of which helped lead to her nomination as Chair of CFLCW. As Chair, she prodded her colleagues to “think big” and to stay focused on policy and not minutiae.

After her term of office, she remained engaged. She offered – offered – to be an Annual Meeting Sponsor every year, without a prompt. She agreed to take on the Dane Collab Group Chapter Chair position after all her past positions of service, because we needed her help.

She has been a mentor and a strong supporter of Collaborative for two decades. She has been truly invaluable to our community and our cause. Perhaps as telling as anything else, she has a dog named Moxie, just as you would expect it to be.

Our first recipient for 2021is attorney Janice K. Wexler.

2021
STEVEN A. BACH, JD

Elisabeth Bach-Van Horn JD, announcing the 2021 recipients:

Our second recipient is also one of our earliest members, someone dedicated right from the beginning.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, his involvement in family law began long before I knew him. Like many of the Council’s early members, he served as a leader in several organizations and received numerous accolades as “super lawyer” and “top lawyer.”

Even after his term on the Board, he remained active, participating in advanced training sessions, often going off-script just to make it interesting. He mentored members of his firm – and many others – throughout his years of his involvement.

When the idea of the Collaborative Foundation emerged, he served on its very first Board of Directors. He was and remains a great supporter of the Collaborative- now Family Law – Golf Outing.

In all that time, he attended every Annual Meeting and gave generously as a Sponsor without ever asking for anything in return. He committed to this community and supported it wholeheartedly.

He still does today, which again exemplifies the meaning behind the Dolphin.

You may know him as the 3rd Chair of CFLCW, or the one in the race with Janice to see who can register first for the Annual Meeting.

I know him as Dad.

Our second recipient this year is Attorney Steven Bach.


DOLPHIN AWARD RECIPIENTS BY YEAR

Members in Bold are 2021 Dolphin Award Sponsors for the 2021 Annual Meeting

2020
GAYLENE STINGL, CPA
CHRISTINE D'ANGELO, JD

2019
SCOTT WILDMAN, CPA

2018
ROBERT MACMILLAN ARTHUR, JD

2017
REBECCA OETTINGER, PHD, JD

2016
DANIEL K. SMITH, CDFA

2015
KAREN D. JULIAN, RN, JD

2014
THE ZIELINSKI FAMILY

2013
NANCY CANNON, PSYD
MEGANN HENDRIX, JD

2012
KAREN ZIMMERMANN, JD
ELLEN STERN, PHD

2011
MARK BOEBEL, CPA
CHRISTY BROOKS, JD
GARRICK ZIELINSKI, CFP

2010
KATHY BAIRD, JD
DIANE DIEL, JD
GARRICK ZIELINSKI, CFP

2009
STEVE BACH, JD
GREG HILDEBRAND, JD
SUE HANSEN, JD
KATHY GEHL, JD

2008
DIANE MADER, JD
KATHY BAIRD, JD
SUSAN SCHROEDER, LPC

2007
GARRICK ZIELINSKI, CFP
KARYN GIMBEL YOUSO, JD

2006
ROBERT NOHR, PHD
JEANNE SCHROEDER, PSYD
GARRICK ZIELINSKI, CFP

2005
DIANE DIEL, JD
CARLTON STANSBURY, JD
KARYN GIMBEL YOUSO, JD
JENNIFER WALL, JD
KAREN TUCKER, JD