I opened Bolgert Mediation in August of 2016 to offer an alternative to traditional court resolution. Prior to that, my practice included family law, criminal law, civil litigation and probate.
I value my time on the bench and respect the process.
However, litigation is by its nature confrontational. Conflicts sometime escalate during litigation. There is a lack of communication. Parties feel disempowered, and decisions are imposed on them by others.
Mediation seeks to improve communication, establish mutual respect and look to the present and future, rather than focusing on past events and who was right or wrong.
The orange gavel was given to me by the courthouse staff at my retirement in July of 2016.
For 15 years, I've chaired the Orange Book Club. Lawyers meet over lunch at the YMCA on the last Wednesday of each month to discuss newly-published Wisconsin Supreme Court cases.
These cases are published by Callaghan in an advance sheet book with an orange cover; i.e., the Orange Book.
The Orange Book Club was started in 1974 by Attorney Alex Hopp. Alex led the monthly meetings for over 25 years and was the first recipient of the orange gavel, which was presented to his son, Pastor Andy Hopp, at the 40th anniversary event at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in September of 2014.
"I value my time on the bench and respect the process."