Mackall, Crounse & Moore, PLC has joined Dewitt Ross & Stevens S.C.

The newly formed DeWitt Mackall Crounse & Moore S.C. will provide clients with enhanced legal services
and efficiencies as well as access to more than 100 attorneys practicing in nearly 30 areas of
law in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

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Jack DeWitt Pro Bono Award

Luca Vais-Ottosen

Luca Vais-Ottosen, of our Madison office, received the 2017 Jack DeWitt Pro Bono Award for her efforts in a compelling, life or death, immigration pro bono matter. She assisted a foreign family facing a life-threatening medical issue that would subject one of their children to severe persecution in the event of returning to their home country.

Attorney Vais-Ottosen compiled and submitted an extensive asylum package on very short notice. The application is under review and brought the family a sense of security that their child could remain in the United States legally, while also receiving vital medical treatment.


Pro Bono Award Winners

  • 2016 Jack DeWitt Pro Bono Award Recipient – Beth T. Morrison

  • 2015 Jack DeWitt Pro Bono Award Recipient – Megan Senatori


About the Jack DeWitt Pro Bono Award:

Jack DeWitt

The Jack DeWitt Pro Bono award annually recognizes one attorney (or team of attorneys working on a matter) in the firm for his/her Pro Bono efforts. As many know, studies show that more than 80 percent of the legal needs of low-income individuals in the United States go unmet and millions of people find themselves in court each year without legal representation. Jack DeWitt was one of the founding partners of DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. He passed away in 2012 at the age of 93.

Born in Oklahoma in 1918, Jack moved to Wisconsin when he was 14 years old. From a young age, he was committed to excellence and determined to succeed. He obtained his B.A. and L.L.B. (now referred to as a J.D.) degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. At the age of 23, he finished his law degree one semester early so he could voluntarily enlist in the military during the height of World War II in 1942.

After a short stint as an enlisted soldier, Jack set his sights on becoming a commissioned officer. He quickly worked his way up the military ranks and finished his officer candidacy training in three months. Jack was eventually sent to France in 1944 where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. By the end of his tour as an infantry officer, Jack had earned a number of prestigious medals for his valor and bravery, including the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, the Purple Heart and the British Cross. His history with the military extended beyond the war, as he continued to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves and eventually retired as a Brigadier General and as the Assistant Division Commander of the 84th Division of the U.S. Army.

Jack’s legal career was equally remarkable. He was one of the five founding partners of the firm Immell, Herro, Buehner, DeWitt and Sundby in the 1950s, which evolved throughout the years to become DeWitt Porter and eventually merged with Ross & Stevens in 1994 to become DeWitt Ross & Stevens. He practiced in the areas of Business, Litigation, Legislative, and Estate Planning. He was a prominent civil litigator who authored the interpretive commentaries in West’s Wisconsin Statutes Annotated and co-authored West’s Wisconsin Practice Methods and served as a mentor to many young lawyers throughout his career. He also was the Chair of John F. Kennedy’s campaign in Wisconsin in 1960.

During his career, Jack played an important role in the enactment of numerous legislative acts and court rules involving court organization and administration. He handled civil litigation and appellate work for state agencies, municipal corporations, school districts, national and state veterans’ organizations, major business corporations, and professional organizations such as the American Bar Association. He provided legislative representation for professional organizations, veterans’ organizations, and major corporations, and was a leader in working for successful adoption of state constitutional amendments. Jack also represented businesses and municipalities before the Public Service Commission, the Aeronautics Commission, and the Interstate Commerce Committee. He served as an acting District Attorney in Dane County and an adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Jack also served as the chairman of the Advisory Committee of Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.

He was the President and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the President of the Dane County Bar Association, and Trustee of the National Conference of Bar Foundations. Jack received the Charles L. Goldberg Distinguished Service Award from the Wisconsin Bar Foundation, the Leonard L. Loeb Award from the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Wisconsin Law School Alumni Association and the McNulty Service Award from the Fellows of Wisconsin Law Foundation.

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