Schimel rips state bar for handing award to felon

Attorney General Brad Schimel is criticizing the state bar for giving a felon an award.

The bar announced Tuesday that Stephan Addison had won the 2018 Jack DeWitt WisLAP Volunteer Award, which recognizes a lawyer, judge or group that helps the Wisconsin Lawyers Assistance Program. The program helps attorneys deal with stress.

Addison was convicted in 2006 of recklessly endangering safety and misdemeanor sexual gratification in connection with a 2005 sexual assault.

Schimel issued a news release Wednesday saying Addison doesn’t deserve the award and questioning the message the bar is sending to sexual assault victims.

Bar spokeswoman Kristen Durst didn’t immediately respond to messages. The bar’s website indicates Addison is currently practicing in Illinois. He didn’t immediately reply to an email.