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‘Deadpool’ in, ‘Silence’ out and more Globes film surprises

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association never fails to disappoint with their assortment of nominees, which always seem to include some expected picks, some inspired ones and some headscratchers too.

The nominations for the 74th annual Golden Globes certainly had some bombshells, too. Here are a few notable snubs and surprises.

OLD GUARD OUT

Past Globes glory didn’t seem to matter this year for Hollywood legends Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese and Warren Beatty, none of whom received directing nominations despite all having won in that category at least once. In fact, Eastwood’s “Sully” (that means no Tom Hanks nomination either) and Scorsese’s “Silence” were shut out completely, while Beatty’s big return to directing and acting, “Rules Don’t Apply,” scored only one nomination — for actress Lily Collins.

NO LOVE FOR ‘LOVE & FRIENDSHIP’

Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen adaptation “Love & Friendship” charmed audiences and critics, but was left without a single nomination — especially surprising in the case of Kate Beckinsale, whose performance as the conniving and ambitious Lady Susan Vernon has been widely regarded as one of her best. Instead, in the musical or comedy category, the HFPA singled out the little-seen John Carney musical “Sing Street.”

THE NAUGHTIEST SUPERHERO

Besides being a superhero movie, the irreverent and very R-rated “Deadpool” is about as far away as one can get from a stereotypically tasteful awards choice, but somehow still scored two nominations — one for best motion picture in the musical or comedy category and another for star Ryan Reynolds. Perhaps they draw the line at animated food orgy, though — “Sausage Party,” despite a big awards push, was left out of the fun.

LEFT FIELD ACTING CHOICES

The comedy and drama distinction always allows for a few out-of-nowhere contenders, but the best performance by an actor in a musical or comedy was stacked with unexpected picks, including Colin Farrell for his performance as a single guy looking for love in the dark as night comedy “The Lobster,” Ryan Reynolds for “Deadpool,” and Jonah Hill as a bro arms dealer in the generally panned “War Dogs.” In the supporting category, Aaron Taylor-Johnson sneaked in with a nod for his portrayal of a sadistic Texan in “Nocturnal Animals” and Simon Helberg for his crowd-pleasing piano player in “Florence Foster Jenkins,” which elicited a gasp from those in the room at the Beverly Hilton while the nominations were being announced.

MISS SLOANE TAKES CHARGE

“Miss Sloane,” the Jessica Chastain-led lobbying thriller, might have bombed at the box office this weekend and received generally tepid reviews from critics, but it didn’t stop the HFPA taking notice of Chastain’s performance as the always three steps ahead of the competition Elizabeth Sloane. Since 2012, Chastain has been nominated for four Golden Globes and won once, in 2013, for “Zero Dark Thirty.”

WOMEN BEHIND THE CAMERA

With the statistics of female representation behind the camera as dismal as they are, it might not be that much of a surprise to find zero films directed by women up for best picture or best director this year. Yet it is notable, especially with critically acclaimed fare like Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey” and Mira Nair’s “Queen of Katwe,” both of which were shut out completely. The one saving grace is in the foreign category, where Maren Ade’s comedy “Toni Erdmann” is the nominee from Germany and Uda Benyamina’s “Divines” is nominated from France.

Here’s the list of Oscar nominees

The Academy Awards nominees were announced today. The Oscar telecast will be Feb. 28 on ABC.

The nominees are …

BEST PICTURE

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies

Brooklyn

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Room

Spotlight

DIRECTING

The Big Short

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Room

Spotlight

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Matt Damon, The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Christian Bale, The Big Short

Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Sylvester Stallone, Creed

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara, Carol

Rachel McAdams, Spotlight

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Anomalisa

Boy and the World

Inside Out

Shaun the Sheep Movie When Marnie Was There

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Carol

The Hateful Eight

Mad Max: Fury Road The Revenant

Sicario

COSTUME DESIGN

Carol

Cinderella

The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Amy

Cartel Land

The Look of Silence

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

Body Team 12

Chau, beyond the Lines

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

The Girl on the River: The Price of Forgiveness Last Day of Freedom

FILM EDITING

The Big Short

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Spotlight

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

Ave Maria

Day One

Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut) Shok

Stutterer

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Embrace of the Serpent Mustang

Son of Saul

Theeb

A War

SOUND EDITING

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Sicario

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Mad Max: Fury Road

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared

The Revenant

SOUND MIXING

Bridge of Spies

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

ORIGINAL SCORE

Bridge of Spies

Carol

The Hateful Eight

Sicario

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

VISUAL EFFECTS

Ex Machina

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

ORIGINAL SONG

“Earned It,” Fifty Shades of Grey

“Manta Ray,” Racing Extinction

“Simple Song #3,” Youth

“Til It Happens To You,” The Hunting Ground

“Writing’s On The Wall,” Spectre

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

The Big Short

Brooklyn

Carol

The Martian

Room

PRODUCTION DESIGN

Bridge of Spies

The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Bridge of Spies

Ex Machina

Inside Out

Spotlight

Straight Outta Compton

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Bear Story

Prologue

Sanjay’s Super Team

We Can’t Live without Cosmos World of Tomorrow

 

Round 2: Trump underwhelms, Fiorina shines, Walker disappears

Republican voters fed up with Washington and anyone with a background in politics have cheered billionaire businessman Donald Trump as the ultimate 2016 outsider, making him the front-runner for the GOP nomination.

But Trump’s lack of experience with public policy was exposed throughout the second GOP presidential debate on Sept. 16, a three-hour marathon that delved deep into complicated issues at home and abroad.

It was a night that allowed others to shine, however briefly, as they showed off their command of issues and talked with precision about what they’d do if elected president.

After dominating the first debate a month ago, Trump faced fierce criticism from his Republican rivals from the outset of the debate at the Reagan Presidential Library outside Los Angeles. He disappeared for long stretches and even acknowledged at one point that he has a lot yet to learn about global affairs.

The former reality television star avoided any major gaffes, yet delivered an underwhelming performance by the conventional standards of presidential politics. “He had his tail between his legs tonight,” said Republican strategist Kevin Madden.

It may be some time before anyone knows if that will have any effect on Trump’s place in the field – his supporters have so far embraced his decidedly unconventional approach to presidential politics.

Another outsider, former technology executive Carly Fiorina, may have helped herself the most. Seizing her debut moment on the main debate stage, she attacked Trump as “an entertainer,” offered a passionate case against Planned Parenthood and spoke in specifics when talking about foreign affairs.

She delivered one of the debate’s most memorable moments when responding to a derogatory comment Trump made in a recent interview about her looks. Fiorina said simply, “I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said,” winning the first ovation of the night from the live audience.

Trump responded, “I think she’s got a beautiful face, and I think she’s a beautiful woman” – a line that won few cheers, if any at all.

The third Republican outsider, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, maintained a positive outlook throughout the night in keeping with his image as the GOP’s most likable candidate. Having surged in recent polls, he earned far more air time during the crowded debate than he did in the first event last month, but when given the opportunity, he offered few specifics on major issues such as immigration and national security.

“Real leadership is what I would hopefully bring to America,” Carson said in a tentative closing statement.

The focus on substance played to the strengths of a handful of candidates, among them former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

“You should ask him questions in detail about the foreign policy issues our president will confront, because you had better be able to lead our country on the first day,” Rubio charged when asked about Trump’s recent struggle to answer questions about world leaders.

“I will know more about the problems of this world by the time I sit (in the White House,)” Trump said, noting that he didn’t know as much about international affairs because he doesn’t have the experience that Rubio does as a member of the Senate.

Christie, mired at the bottom of the preference polls used to select which candidates get to take part in the GOP’s debates, made waves by making the case to Trump and Fiorina alike that voters don’t much care about their resumes.

“While I’m as entertained as anyone by this personal back-and-forth about the history of Donald and Carly’s career,” he said, “for the 55-year-old construction worker out in that audience tonight who doesn’t have a job, who can’t fund his child’s education – I gotta tell you the truth – they could care less about your careers.”

Bush flashed a clear knowledge of the issues – and his lack of smoothness as a speaker. But confronted with what some consider to be his greatest political liability, his last name, the son of one president and brother of another scored points with the crowd after Trump said, “Your brother’s administration gave us Barack Obama.”

Clearly prepared for the attack, Bush shot back, “As it relates to my brother, there’s one thing I know for sure: He kept us safe,” Bush said as the crowd erupted in applause.

The exchange was just one example in which Trump, usually a master in the spotlight, failed to score a clear victory. Such home-run moments were rare, especially for the candidate most in need of a strong performance: Scott Walker.

The Wisconsin governor was asked few questions by the debate’s moderators and faded after an early effort to inject himself into the scrum going after Trump in the debate’s first hour.

There remain more than four months before the first of those states, Iowa, will begin voting, and there are several more debates to come. Time enough for the GOP’s outsiders to continue making their case, including Trump, who didn’t seem to mind when called out as a mere “entertainer” Wednesday night.

“What I am, far and away greater than an entertainer, is a businessman, and that’s the kind of mindset this country needs to bring it back,” Trump said.

On the Web…

The debate transcripted and annotated, courtesy of the Washington Post: 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/09/16/annotated-transcript-september-16-gop-debate/# 

ACLU to Milwaukee Common Council | Regarding fire and police commission nominees

The following is a letter sent from ACLU of Wisconsin executive director Chris Ahmuty to Terry Witkowski, chairman of the Milwaukee Common Council Public Safety Committee.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin seeks to defend the civil liberties and civil rights of all Wisconsin residents.  Advocating for police accountability has been a priority of our organization for many years.  The ACLU of Wisconsin believes that the City of Milwaukee Board of Fire and Police Commissioners has important duties including oversight of the departments to ensure adherence to the rule of law and the provision of unbiased professional public safety service in every neighborhood. 

Mayor Tom Barrett has nominated Dr. Fred Crouther to the Milwaukee Board of Fire and Police Commissioners.  If confirmed, he would replace Commissioner Paoi Lor bringing the total number of sitting commissioners to seven until July, 2015 when Commissioner Morgan’s term expires.  State law allows the Mayor to appoint an additional two commissioners, which his office has indicated he will do after the hiring of an executive director. 

You and your colleagues on the Public Safety Committee are scheduled to review the Mayor’s nomination tomorrow, March 19, 2015. Regardless of the nominee the ACLU of Wisconsin believes that there are important criteria to guide the confirmation process. 

First, do council members have adequate information about the issues confronting the Board to determine the suitability of any nominee?  Over the last several years critical incidents, including deaths in custody, and policing strategies, including over 200,000 officer initiated stops a year have contributed to tension between some members of the community and the MPD.   Can the FPC Board’s oversight function help enhance police-community relations?  To what extent must the Board be independent from political pressure to enhance police-community relations?  Can board members ask the chiefs tough questions until they get satisfactory answers?  How often does a nominee question authority?

Second, has the confirmation process been open so that the public as well as council members are able to evaluate the suitability of any nominee?  Since the appointment of Commissioner Ann Wilson, the ACLU of Wisconsin among other community groups, has argued that well publicized listening sessions should be held at convenient locations and that the public be allowed to ask the nominee relevant questions.  Have there been adequate opportunities for public input?  If not, will confidence in the nominee suffer?   Hopefully tomorrow’s committee hearing will provide another opportunity.

Third, has the confirmation process been transparent for any nominee?  Has a background check been completed on the nominee?  Has he/she been asked about potential conflicts of interest?  Has the nominee been asked to serve a complete term?  Has he/she agreed to do so?

The ACLU of Wisconsin takes no position on the nomination of Dr. Crouther as a matter of policy.  I appreciate your consideration of some of the criteria suggested above. 

Christopher Ahmuty is the executive director of the ACLU of Wisconsin.

Democrats near decision on 2016 convention site

For Democrats, New York would offer a diverse tableau in liberal Brooklyn and a touch of Clinton nostalgia. Philadelphia would give the party a patriotic backdrop while Columbus would raise the curtain on another campaign showdown in Ohio.

Democrats are closing in on a final decision on where to hold their 2016 convention, a site that could serve as a passing of the baton from President Barack Obama to Hillary Rodham Clinton, the leading contender for the Democratic nomination should she run for president again.

With a price tag of at least $65 million, the choice will come down to whether to set the stage for Obama’s Democratic successor in a big city or in the confines of another battleground state. Obama was formally nominated in Denver in 2008 and in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2012, allowing his campaign to use the events to register new voters and recruit volunteers in states crucial to his political map. The three cities in the hunt for the 2016 host venue have been negotiating with the Democratic National Committee and a final decision is expected in late January or early February.

New York, the nation’s largest city, has been a popular choice in the past, holding Democratic conventions in 1976, 1980 and 1992, when former President Bill Clinton was first nominated at Madison Square Garden. The city has played up its diversity as the home to a large Latino population and organizers are confident that Brooklyn’s bid – the first time New York has pitched a political convention outside Manhattan – wouldn’t have trouble raising money.

Hillary Clinton represented New York in the Senate and the Clintons live in nearby Westchester County, where the former secretary of state’s presidential campaign is expected to be headquartered should she seek the nomination, as widely expected.

Philadelphia’s organizers point to the city’s heritage as the home of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were adopted, along with its convenient East Coast location and compact, easy-to-navigate community.

Columbus, meanwhile, would bring the convention to one of the nation’s top presidential battleground states and offer a convenient rebuttal to Republicans, who are holding their July 2016 convention in Cleveland.

Downplaying symbolism, party leaders say their choice will be based on practical matters such as finances, transportation, security and available hotel rooms. Organizers of the 2012 convention in Charlotte struggled with fundraising and some delegates at past conventions have complained of long commutes from far-flung hotels.

“This decision will primarily center around logistics, financing and security, but we have three excellent options and are looking forward to a diverse and inclusive 2016 convention that displays our party’s values,” said Lily Adams, a DNC spokeswoman.

Democrats also need to pick a date, which could factor into the party’s 2016 strategy. Republicans will hold their Cleveland convention from July 18-21. Democrats are considering either the week of July 25, immediately after the Republican event, or the week of Aug. 22, following the Summer Olympics.

Here’s a look at the three cities vying for the convention:

BROOKLYN

PROS: Brooklyn has become its own brand, a comeback story that is a symbol of youthful energy and urban cool. The convention would be held at the gleaming Barclays Center, arguably the nation’s most state-of-the-art arena, while delegates would split their time between Brooklyn and Manhattan just a few subway stops away. Along with its fundraising ability, New York’s Brooklyn has become a symbol of liberalism, embodied by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who will still be in office in 2016.

CONS: The ongoing rift between de Blasio and rank-and-file members of the New York Police Department threatens to overshadow the bid in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of two police officers and protests over police conduct in the Eric Garner case. The city’s tense relationship with the NYPD unions – who are working on an expired contract – could be a problem at Barclays, which will rely heavily on the department to provide security. A New York location could also put a spotlight on Clinton’s ties to Wall Street at a time when some liberals vilify the financial industry.

QUOTE: “Brooklyn matters, because Brooklyn has shown the way – this amazing renaissance over the last few decades, a place that was often the underdog is now the envy of the world.” – de Blasio.

COLUMBUS, OHIO

PROS: Columbus, Ohio’s capital city, sits at the heart of a coveted political swing state. The last Democrat to win the White House without carrying Ohio was John F. Kennedy in 1960 and no Republican ever has. One study found 147.5 million people, or 48 percent of the U.S. population, live within a day’s drive of Columbus. The convention would be held at Nationwide Arena, home of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, and the neighborhood includes a convention center and an array of restaurants, bars and hotels. Republicans’ choice of Cleveland might give Democrats an incentive to make a quick counterpoint before the state’s coveted voter base.

CONS: Columbus does not have the national reputation of its two rivals and has never staged a national convention for either party. The city lacks a robust subway system and its bus system doesn’t effectively serve some of the hotel clusters around Columbus’ outskirts, where delegates may be staying. The decision by local police to pepper spray crowds of fans celebrating Ohio State University’s national football championship could also be considered.

QUOTE: “There are few events that provide us the opportunity to showcase our city on a national stage, and we are ready to put forth our best effort and show the DNC and the entire nation just what Columbus is all about.” – Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman.

PHILADELPHIA

PROS: A highly walkable and historic city, Philadelphia has been the home to a variety of large events and played host to the Republican National Convention in 2000. The Vatican chose Philadelphia as the site for the World Meeting of Families, which Pope Francis will attend in September. Philadelphia has a booming millennial population, a demographic that Democrats want to capture in next year’s election. Clinton also has ties to Pennsylvania – her father was born in Scranton and she has longtime allies in the state such as former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, an ex-chairman of the DNC. Democrats have carried Pennsylvania in every presidential election since 1992 but Republicans hope for a breakthrough there.

CONS: Though the main political gathering would take place at the Wells Fargo Center sports arena, some smaller events would be held at a downtown convention center involved in a major dispute with the carpenters union. During the Republican convention in 2000, police were criticized for their heavy-handed dealings with protesters.

QUOTE: “The road to the White House leads right through the city of Philadelphia.” – Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.

Nominees for the worst films of the year are …

The nominations are out for the 35th annual Razzie awards to the worst films of the year.

The nominees include…

– Worst picture: “Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas”; “Left Behind”; “The Legend of Hercules”; “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”; “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”

– Worst actor: Nicolas Cage, “Left Behind”; Kirk Cameron, “Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas”; Kellan Lutz, “The Legend of Hercules”; Seth MacFarlane, “A Million Ways To Die in the West”; Adam Sandler, “Blended.”

– Worst actress: Drew Barrymore, “Blended”; Cameron Diaz, “The Other Woman,” “Sex Tape”; Melissa McCarthy, “Tammy”; Charlize Theron, “A Million Ways to Die in the West”; Gaia Weiss, “The Legend of Hercules.”

– Razzie redeemer award: Ben Affleck; Jennifer Aniston; Mike Myers; Keanu Reeves; Kristen Stewart.

– Worst supporting actress: Cameron Diaz, “Annie”; Megan Fox, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”; Nicola Peltz, “Transformers: Age of Extinction”; Brigitte Ridenour, “Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas”; Susan Sarandon, “Tammy.”

– Worst supporting actor: Mel Gibson, “The Expendables 3”; Kelsey Grammer, “The Expendables 3,” “Legends of Oz,” “Think Like a Man Too,” “Transformers: Age of Extinction”; Shaquille O’Neal, “Blended”; Arnold Schwarzenegger, “The Expendables 3”; Kiefer Sutherland, “Pompeii.”

– Worst director: Michael Bay, “Transformers: Age of Extinction”; Darren Doane, “Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas”; Renny Harlin, “The Legend of Hercules”; Jonathan Liebesman, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”; Seth MacFarlane, “A Million Ways To Die in the West.”

– Worst screen combo: Kirk Cameron and his ego, “Saving Christmas”; Seth MacFarlane and Charlize Theron, “A Million Ways To Die in the West”; any two robots, actors (or robotic actors), “Transformers”; Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, “Sex Tape”; Kellan Lutz and either his abs, pecs or glutes, “Legend of Hercules.”

– Worst screenplay: “Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas”; “Left Behind”; “Sex Tape”; “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”; “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”

– Worst remake, rip-off or sequel: “Annie”; “Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?”; “The Legend of Hercules”; “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

Johnson, Baldwin recommend Wisconsinites for federal district court

Wisconsin’s U.S. senators recently announced their joint recommendation that the White House consider three Wisconsinites for the federal bench in the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson, R, and Tammy Baldwin, D, recommended Beth J. Kushner, Pamela Pepper, and William S. Pocan, who were backed by a bipartisan federal nominating commission established last April.

Johnson, in a news release, said, “I appreciate all the hard work by the bipartisan judicial commission and state bar to help examine the highly qualified candidates that applied to serve the state of Wisconsin as a federal judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

He added, “I especially want to thank Senator Baldwin for working with me in a cooperative, bipartisan fashion.”

Baldwin, in the announcement, said, “The filling of judicial vacancies has been a top priority for me since I was sworn in to the U.S. Senate last year. The people of Wisconsin deserve to have these vacancies filled and this is an important step forward in providing Wisconsin with highly qualified public servants who will work hard for them in our judicial system. Each of the nominees Senator Johnson and I are recommending to President Obama are experienced, highly qualified, and would make an outstanding federal district judge.”

Kushner, a partner at von Briesen & Roper, handles complex litigation and construction law, according to the senators’ release. She has close to 30 years of litigation experience where she has handled a range of business and commercial disputes, product liability claims, fraud and RICO cases, antitrust disputes and class actions.

Kushner has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2007, and has been listed in Wisconsin SuperLawyers since 2005 and as one of their Top 25 Women Lawyers since 2011.

She is one of two Wisconsin attorneys in Benchmark Litigation’s “Top 250 Women in Litigation,” is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, and has a rating of AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. 

Before joining von Briesen, Kushner served as assistant general counsel for Rexnord Corporation in West Milwaukee and Brookfield.
 
She’s a 1975 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and 1979 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.

Pepper is the chief judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Pepper is a member of the Association for Women Lawyers, the American Bar Association, State Bar of Wisconsin, Seventh Circuit Bar Association, Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, Milwaukee Bar Association, NACTT Academy for Consumer Bankruptcy Education, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and American Bankruptcy Institute.

Previously, she served on the board of Federal Defender Services and the State Public Defender.

She is a former president of the Milwaukee Bar Association and former chair of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors.

She also serves as faculty member for the Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Practice Institute.

Before taking the bench, Pepper worked in private practice as a criminal defense attorney, representing clients in federal and state court. Between 1990 and 1997, Pepper was a federal prosecutor in Chicago and Milwaukee.  From 1989 to 1990, she clerked for the Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr. on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Pepper is a 1986 graduate of Northwestern University and a 1989 graduate of Cornell Law School.  She also obtained a graduate certificate in dispute resolution from Marquette University in 2003.

Pocan is a circuit judge in Milwaukee. He currently presides over the felony division.
 
For more than 20 years, Pocan worked at Jastroch & LaBarge, S.C. in Waukesha, where he first represented corporations and other business entities in the area of commercial litigation and later represented individuals in the area of consumer law.
 
Pocan is currently a member of the Wisconsin Court System’s Planning and Policy Advisory Committee, the Wisconsin Trial Judge Association Board of Directors, the Milwaukee Bar Association, and the Thomas E. Fairchild American Inns of Court.

Pocan has also been a member of the Legislative Committee of the Judicial Conference, the Judicial Conference Nominating Committee, the Adoption & Out of Home Care Committee of the Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council, the Wisconsin Legislative Council Special Committee on the Review of Spousal Maintenance Awards in Divorce Proceedings, State Bar of Wisconsin Consumer Protection Committee, State Bar of Wisconsin Public Interest Section, and the Milwaukee Bar Association Civil Bench/Bar Committee.

For many years, Pocan has been involved with organizing and presenting at Continuing Legal Education seminars put on for lawyers by such groups as the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Bar Association and other organizations, and has been a guest speaker at the University of Wisconsin and Marquette University law schools.
 
In 2006, Pocan was appointed to the circuit court, where he presided over juvenile and then civil cases before his latest move to the federal division.
 
Pocan is a 1977 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Pocan received an American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law while at the University of Wisconsin.

Milwaukee LGBT Center accepting board nominations

The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center is accepting nominations for its board of directors until 5 p.m. Jan. 11 at

Four people will be voted on to the board during the center’s annual meeting Feb. 28.

Nominations should include the name of the nominator, the nominee, an email address and phone number for the nominee and the reason the nominee would be valuable to the center board.

A list of candidates will be posted on the center website Feb. 1.

For more information, email board secretary Martin Palicki at .

The center website is www.mkelgbt.org.

Diverse & Resilient seeks awards nominations

Wisconsin’s Diverse & Resilient is seeking nominations for its Adult Leadership Awards, which will be announced the week of April 23 and made in five categories. The awards will recognize the significant contributions of individuals and organizations in the important work of LGBT adult development in the past year.

Nominations are due by March 2. Find the application here: http://www.newsite.diverseandresilient.org/images/uploads/resources/Award_Nomination_Adult_2011.pdf.

The organization also is seeking nominations in the youth category, with applications due by March 2. Find the application here: http://www.newsite.diverseandresilient.org/images/uploads/resources/Award_Nomintation_Youth_2011.pdf.

The adult awards include:

Community Leadership Award. This award honors the LGBT adult community member whose contributions to peers deserve acknowledgement. This “adult is dreaming big, taking on challenges, and moving toward a bigger life.”

Community Ally Award. The successful nominee “is a heterosexual ally to LGBT people who develops both interpersonal connections with LGBT people and works to eliminate homophobia or heterosexism in some specific setting.”

LGBT Program Award. Any adult LGBT program or LGBT organization in Wisconsin may be nominated for this award. Selection criteria will be based on their efforts to assure “the healthy development of LGBT individuals, the promotion of program partnerships, collaborations with other LGBT and allied organizations, community outreach, and community development.”

Program Staff Award. This award is only open to program staff of LGBT organizations in Wisconsin.

Adult Community Partner Award. From individual donors to foundations and corporations, LGBT organizations are supported by community partners. This award will be given to “the person or organization that provides financial, volunteer, or emotional support to Diverse and Resilient or any of the LGBT organizations with which it partners.”

The youth awards include:

Youth Leadership Award (14 to 18). This award honors the youth whose contributions to peers deserve acknowledgement. This youth “is dreaming big, taking on challenges, and moving toward a big life.”

Youth Leadership Award (19 to 24). This award honors the young adult whose “increasing acceptance of responsibility includes continued learning, an interest in being mentored or coached, and fostering the development of other youth.”

Adult Ally Award. The successful nominee for this award is an “adult lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or heterosexual ally to youth who develops both interpersonal connections with young people and works to eliminate adultism in some specific setting.”

LGBT Youth Program Award. Any RAY member program or other LGBT youth program in Wisconsin may be nominated for this award.

Youth Development Specialist Award. This award is only open to “youth development specialists in the Rainbow Alliance.”

Youth Community Partner Award. From individual donors to foundations and corporations, RAY member groups are supported by community partners. This award will be given to the “person or organization that provides financial, volunteer, or emotional support to the Rainbow Alliance or any of its member groups.”

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