Norman N. Gill Award – 2019 Winner

By Jeffrey Schmidt

Janet Schutz Nelson
Chief Legal Counsel, Milwaukee County Department of Child Support Services

Janet Schutz Nelson was hired as a staff attorney in Milwaukee County’s Department of Child Support Services in 1990 and became chief legal counsel within four years. She has held that position ever since and served as the department’s interim director on three separate occasions. Janet oversees a team of 15 attorneys in a department that handles more than 126,000 cases annually. Among her many accomplishments, she served as president of the Wisconsin Child Support Enforcement Association, a statewide association of county child support agencies; and served on two Legislative Counsel committees that helped shape state child support and family law. She has been previously recognized by the Milwaukee Bar Association as its E. Michael McCann Distinguished Public Service Award winner. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele says Janet “is a great example of the good that one can do in a career of commitment to public service.”