The Joseph P. Mettner Foundation awarded their second annual scholarship to University of Wisconsin Law School student Scott Zehr. The foundation was established to honor Joe Mettner '92, a career public servant and former Chairman of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission. Mettner’s public service began while he was at UW Law School with work in Governor Tommy G. Thompson’s office and continued through appointments to the Wisconsin Tax Appeals Commission and Public Service.
The scholarship winner, third-year law student Scott Zehr, has
demonstrated the type of devotion to public service that was so important to Joe Mettner.
Zehr is a decorated veteran of the US Army who served his country
in Afghanistan, and intends to practice law as a public defender upon
graduation from law school. He is currently participating in the Public Defender Project,
a multi-faceted clinical experience that involves substantial class
work, trial skills, and a summer immersion internship. Scott is also a
student attorney at the Wisconsin Innocence Project,
a non-profit legal organization committed to overturning wrongful
convictions. Zehr will receive a $10,000 scholarship for his final year
of law school with funding provided by the foundation.
“Despite many qualified applicants, the Foundation Scholarship Committee had an easy decision selecting Scott Zehr for this year’s scholarship,” said Michelle Mettner, who, along with friends of Joe, formed the foundation in honor of her late husband. “Scott’s previous service to our country, his current work at the law school as well as his commitment to serve others through public service in the future exemplifies the mission of the Foundation.”
Submitted by Law School News on August 21, 2012
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