About the SPD
Awarded annually, the Eisenberg Award is handed out by the Public Defender Board in recognition of
one’s tirelessly work for the rights of our poorest citizens. The award is named in honor of Dean
WISCONSIN CARES ABOUT KIDS AWARD
The Wisconsin Cares About Kids Award formally recognizes the efforts of individuals and organizations
across the state that makes a difference in their communities. By working with our youth, the recipients
help to create a better future for all our children.
Awarded annually starting in 2011, the Chiarkas Award is handed out by the State Public Defender in
recognition of the leadership efforts of a current SPD staff member. The award is named in honor of
former State Public Defender Nick Chiarkas.
In recognition of the SPD staff who spend much of their free time working with children, the SPD
inducts them into the Rubin Society. The recognition, named in honor of former SPD attorney Peter
Rubin, recognizes the Following current and Former SPD staff members that contribute to the kids in
The Wisconsin Forward Award recognizes organizations that demonstrate significant achievements in
continuous improvement and performance management. The SPD is a proud recipient of a Wisconsin Forward