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March 29, 2012

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Legendary Wisconsin basketball coach Dick Bennett and Mark Thibodeau, the recently retired longest serving district attorney in Wisconsin, will be at Viterbo University Monday, April 16 to share stories while discussing “Moral Leadership from the Court and Courtroom.”

The 7 p.m. presentation will be held in San Damiano Chapel as part of the annual Paula Ripple Comin Endowed Lecture Series. The event is free and open to the public.

According to Tom Thibodeau, distinguished professor of Servant Leadership who organized the event, both Bennett, the coach, and Mark Thibodeau, who was district attorney for Adams County, share a number of traits. “Both of these men have a long history of service to the State of Wisconsin in the professions of sport and law. They intend to share stories of how they had to follow their moral compass throughout their long careers.”

Bennett’s career path is well known to Wisconsinites. In the 1970s, he led Eau Claire Memorial High School to the state title game. In the 1980s, he led the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to an NAIA title game. In the early 1990s he brought the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to its first three NCAA tournament appearances. And in 2000, after five years at the flagship University of Wisconsin, he took the Badgers to the Final Four.

Meanwhile, Thibodeau found similar success in the courtroom, arguing a number of high profile cases over the course of 33 years while he managed a growing caseload in a profession that see many leave much earlier in their careers.

“The best district attorneys never forget there’s an awesome power and responsibility that goes with the office,” Thibodeau said.


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