Patti Mackesey | Boardman Clark Law Firm

Exceptional Women 2020
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Patti Mackesey, Boardman Clark Law Firm

A standard poodle named Hazel goes to work daily with Patti Mackesey, a paralegal at Boardman Clark.

It’s a way for Hazel to get used to behaving in public, part of her training to become a service dog for Custom Canines Service Dog Academy, which provides service dogs to people with varying needs. Hazel has become a popular guest at the law firm over the past several months.

“She brings a smile to everyone’s face,” Mackesey said.

Mackesey is glad her commitment to volunteering is shared by Boardman Clark, a law firm with century-old roots in Madison. The firm’s employees are encouraged to take a day of paid volunteer time to help at their favorite local charities. They also organize employee volunteers for events such as Brat Fest and the Special Olympics.

“It’s a fun way to get to know your coworkers,” Mackesey said. “It’s a team-building activity.”

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