MADISON – The Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund (WEJF) is pleased to announce that Dr.
Thomas K. Zander will receive the 2022 Howard B. Eisenberg Lifetime Achievement
Award. The award honors those who have devoted significant time, talents, or
resources to the provision or advancement of pro bono civil legal aid in Wisconsin. Dr.
Zander’s 45-year career has displayed an extensive and consistent devotion to equal
justice under law: as a trial and appellate lawyer, as a class action litigator, as the 13-
year executive director of the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee, as a law professor at
Marquette, and as a forensic psychologist providing pro bono evaluations when retained
by lawyers for low-income litigants.
WEJF will also recognize Matthew V. Hayes, Director of the SeniorLAW program at
Legal Action of Wisconsin, with the Distinguished Service Award for 2022 for his
exemplary record of legal service to underserved populations.
The awards will be presented at WEJF’s annual Eisenberg Lifetime Achievement Award
Dinner on October 29, 2022 at Saint Kate, The Arts Hotel in Milwaukee. Registration for
the dinner is open now on the WEJF website, wejf.org/dinner-registration.
About Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund: The Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund (WEJF) is
a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Madison that raises funds to support three of
the largest pro bono civil legal aid organizations in the state: Legal Action of Wisconsin,
Wisconsin Judicare, and Disability Rights Wisconsin. WEJF’s Board of Directors
consists of 29 attorneys from private law firms and in-house legal departments across
Wisconsin. Since its inception in 1997, WEJF has raised over $6.8 million to help these
organizations address civil legal problems such as domestic violence, housing and
homelessness, and barriers to employment for Wisconsin’s poorest citizens.