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Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office (SPD) Awards


Eisenberg Award
Awarded annually, the Eisenberg Award is handed out by the Public Defender Board in recognition of one’s tirelessly work for the rights of our poorest citizens. The award is named in honor of former Marquette Law School Dean Howard Eisenberg.

Wisconsin Cares About Kids Award
The Wisconsin Cares About Kids Award formally recognizes the efforts of individuals and organizations across the state that makes a difference in their communities. By working with our youth, the recipients help to create a better future for all our children.

Chiarkas Award
Awarded annually starting in 2011, the Chiarkas Award is handed out by the SPD in recognition of the leadership efforts of a current SPD staff member. The award is named in honor of former State Public Defender Nick Chiarkas.

Rubin Society
In recognition of the SPD staff who spend much of their free time working with children, the SPD inducts them into the Rubin Society. The recognition, named in honor of former SPD attorney Peter Rubin, recognizes the Following current and Former SPD staff members that contribute to the kids in their communities.