Linda Sharretts, Bakke Norman’s office administrator, has been honored with the Unsung Heroes Lifetime Achievement award among Wisconsin law firms. The award recognizes her dedication to the legal profession and her achievements in the community.
Linda was nominated for her extensive efforts to create and maintain the St. Croix Valley Bar Association’s free legal clinic and for her lifetime of dedicated service to the lawyers at Bakke Norman. The editors of the Wisconsin Law Journal selected her from more than 50 nominees.
The legal clinic is held on the second Monday of every month at the St. Croix County Government Center in Hudson, where individuals can talk to an attorney without charge. Since the legal clinic opened in 2005, Linda has recruited local attorneys to volunteer at the clinic and has attended almost every monthly session over the past 7 years. Linda credits Attorney Maureen Wegleitner for being the catalyst to getting the legal clinic up and running and has great respect for the many local attorneys that take time to provide legal help without charge every month. Linda says, “It is personally very fulfilling to me to see the relief on the faces of the individuals seeking advice when they get an answer to a legal problem they are facing.” Linda says that it is necessary to have five or six attorneys present each month to cover a wide variety of legal practice areas at each session, including employment law, family law, landlord/tenant, small claims, criminal/traffic, estate planning, elder law, probate, real estate, business law, and debtor/creditor.
Linda plans to retire from Bakke Norman in 2012, but says she will continue to work with the legal clinic after retirement. Bakke Norman’s senior attorney, Gary Bakke, said that it is a true indication of Linda’s dedication to help those in need.