MADISON, WI (May 30, 2007)— Daniel W. Hildebrand, a senior litigator with DeWitt Ross & Stevens in Madison, received the Charles L. Goldberg Distinguished Service Award. The Wisconsin Law Foundation presents this award, which recognizes lifetime achievement of legal professionals who have a record of service to the profession and to the public.
“For 15 years, Dan has helped shape important ABA policies in an extraordinary range of legal and social issues – from protecting civil rights and civil liberties for all in our country, to enhancing access to the justice system for the more than 40 million Americans who live in poverty,” says Kathleen Grant, WLF president. “His service and commitment to the Bar and the public have been extraordinary.”
Hildebrand has over 40 years of legal experience, with a major focus in appellate work as well as in all areas of business and professional litigation, and professional ethics matters. He is a former president of the State Bar, the Wisconsin Law Foundation, and the Dane County Bar Association. He has served as a member and chair of the Wisconsin Judicial Commission, a member of the board of Legal Action of Wisconsin Inc., and chair of the Wisconsin Supreme Court Code of Professional Responsibility Review Committee. He is a Fellow of the Wisconsin Law Foundation and the American Bar Association (ABA).
Hildebrand chairs the Wisconsin Ethics 2000 Committee, appointed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to review Chapter 20, the Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys.
Hildebrand was appointed by the president of the ABA to its Amicus Curiae Briefs Committee where he participates in reviews of all amicus curiae briefs filed by the ABA in the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the ABA Litigation Section’s Trial Practice Committee. He served six years as a member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, 14 years as a Wisconsin delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, and recently completed a three-year term with the ABA Board of Governors. He is also a member of the American Law Institute and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.
Hildebrand regularly accepts appointments to represent indigent criminal defendants who desire to appeal their convictions to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.