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News and developments from the State Bar of Wisconsin.

Executive coach and author Alonzo Kelly (center) gave a presentation on the power of diversity and inclusion. Visit the
State Bar’s Facebook page for more photos of this event. June 22, 2022 – For the first time in three years, judges, lawyers, and other legal professionals gathered in person last week in Lake Geneva for the State Bar of Wisconsin’s
Annual Meeting and Conference (AMC). The State Bar’s Board of Governors kicked off the three-day event on June 15
Continue Reading AMC Round-up: In-Person Gathering for the First Time Since 2019

Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Annette Ziegler (right)​ administers the oath of office to Margaret Hickey, incoming president of the State Bar of Wisconsin. HIckey’s term starts July 1.June 15, 2022 – For Margaret Hickey, who’s spent her legal career practicing family and elder law, service to the profession has been a passion. Hickey has chaired the Elder Law (1998-99) and the Family Law (2002-03) sections and the Board of Governors (2006-07), as well as serving a State Bar
Continue Reading Change Agent: Margaret Hickey Sworn in as 67th State Bar President

Judge Randy Koschnick, Director of Wisconsin State Courts, gives an update on the state court system, including how the courts are dealing with large pandemic-related backlogs.​June 16, 2022 – “We are heading in the right direction.”That was Judge Randy R. Koschnick, Director of State Courts, describing the state of Wisconsin’s judicial system in remarks given to the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors during its meeting on June 15 in Lake Geneva.It was the second consecutive board meeting
Continue Reading State Bar Board Finalizes Business at Annual Meeting & Conference

By Cheryl Daniels, President of the State Bar of Wisconsin

Yesterday (June 3), one of our members, retired Juneau County Judge John Roemer Jr., was reportedly shot and killed in an attack at his home in New Lisbon.

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul held a press conference and noted that the investigation is ongoing, but said the suspected killer’s motivation may have stemmed from a court case.

“The individual who’s a suspect appears to have had other targets as
Continue Reading Threats and Acts of Violence against the Judiciary are a Threat to Democracy

The family of new Wisconsin lawyer Erica Young (second from right) point to her name on the list of new lawyers, graduates of U.W. Law School, on June 1. With Erica are her husband, Marquis Young Sr. (left), Amaya Young (age 12), and Marquis Young Jr. ​​(age 7).Visit the
State Bar’s Facebook page for more photos of this event, or
click here.June 3, 2022 – The six ceremonies were a return to the Wisconsin Supreme Court Hearing Room, after
Continue Reading U.W. Law School Admissions: Welcome to 170 New Wisconsin Lawyers

According to his colleagues, Mike Guerin’s ability to relate to regular people and his enthusiasm for the law set him apart from other lawyers.

Outside the courtroom, Guerin’s warm heart and caring nature made him lifelong friends in the profession.

Guerin, 82, a former president of the State Bar of Wisconsin and a Milwaukee lawyer, died on May 31, 2022 after a long illness.

“For those of us who knew Mike, he was a great leader, lawyer, and most
Continue Reading Former State Bar President Michael Guerin was ‘One of the Naturals’

Maggie McLoone and Ali Mohammed Mahmood make a heart around their names on the list that welcomes them as new Wisconsin Lawyers. Visit the State Bar’s Facebook page for more photos of this event, or click here.May 25, 2022 – Before the Supreme Court, in five separate ceremonies, 156 new Wisconsin lawyers – new alumni of Marquette University Law School – took the Attorney’s Oath and signed the Attorney’s Roll book, becoming new Wisconsin lawyers.

They also received
Continue Reading Marquette Admissions: Welcome to 156 New Wisconsin Lawyers

Congratulations to the Class of 2021 Fellows of the Wisconsin Law Foundation. See more photos of the event on the
State Bar of Wisconsin Facebook page.May 10, 2022 – It was a night of celebration and speeches – and the first gathering since 2019 for the Fellows of the Wisconsin Law Foundation. After two years of COVID-19 pandemic cancellations, nearly 200 lawyers and their friends and family members gathered to celebrate two years of new Fellows at a
Continue Reading 45 New Fellows Inducted into the Wisconsin Law Foundation

District 14 Governor Sherry Coley, a member of the finance committee, discusses the proposed FY 2023 budget. (Photo by Shannon Green) May 2, 2022 – The State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors recently approved the organization’s budget for fiscal year 2023, among other actions.

At its April 29 meeting at the State Bar Center, the 52-member board unanimously approved the proposed $12.7 million budget recommended by the Finance Committee.

State Bar Chief Financial Officer Paul Marshall said the
Continue Reading State Bar Board Approves FY 2023 Budget, Well-Being Task Force Report

Dean Dietrich of Wausau said he plans to work with State Bar leadership and members toward lawyer wellness and expanding legal services throughout the state.

April 22, 2022 – Wausau attorney Dean Dietrich is the next president-elect of the State Bar of Wisconsin.In the elections ending April 22, 2022, Dietrich defeated John Danner of Minocqua by 1,850 votes to 1,231.Dietrich will serve a one-year term as president-elect starting July 1, 2022, before succeeding Margaret Hickey of Milwaukee on
Continue Reading State Bar President-elect Post Goes to Dean Dietrich

Accompanied by his daughter Gabriella, 3 1/2, Gregory James Mayew signs the Attorneys Roll book following an admissions ceremony in the Supreme Court Hearing Room on April 12, 2022. April 15, 2022 – Two U.S. Navy veterans. A former paralegal. A Madison native happy to return after practicing in Chicago. A lawyer headed to rural practice. These are among the 19 new Wisconsin lawyers, taking the final steps April 12 after passing the bar exam. Seventeen passed the Wisconsin
Continue Reading Welcome to 19 New Wisconsin Lawyers, Admission by Bar Exam

Brookfield Central’s mock team took first place in the state finals on March 9. Pictured, front row, from left: Jana Gharia, Greta Stalter, Alisha Saeed, Max Hsu (pictured on an iPad). Back row, from left: Teacher-coach Jon Vogt, team co-captain Abbey Prudlow, Ben Kim, team co-captain Cynthia Lu. March 10, 2022 – The
State Bar of Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Tournament, held virtually for the second year in a row, declared its 2022 winner recently: Brookfield Central
Continue Reading Mock Trial Competitors ‘Wow’ Judges, Attorneys

​​March 2, 2022 – Hoping to learn more about Wisconsin’s lawyer regulation system and the State Bar of Wisconsin’s structure and programming, a delegation from the Bar Council of the Maldives (BCM) visited the State Bar Center in Madison last week.

The delegation, led by BCM President Maumoon Hameed, was visiting the U.S. to study and observe administration of the bar exams in Illinois and Wisconsin and learn about best practices for bar association management and operations.

BCM is
Continue Reading State Bar Hosts Delegation from the Bar Council of the Maldives

Feb. 28, 2022 – The State Bar of Wisconsin’s 52-member Board of Governors recently approved recommendations outlined in a Racial Justice Task Force Report to cultivate a more diverse and equitable legal system.

The Racial Justice Task Force was formed in 2020 following the officer-involved murder of George Floyd and other deaths of Black Americans at the hands of police officers, which sparked a summer of national, state, and local protests.

The group, formally created by then-president Kathy Brost,
Continue Reading State Bar Board Approves Recommendations of Racial Justice Task Force, Takes Other Actions

 ​​​Feb. 22, 2022 – Due to icy road conditions in the Madison area, the State Bar of Wisconsin building (State Bar Center) is closed today. However, the State Bar is still officially open as most team members are working remotely.A limited number of staff – including the customer service team and others who cannot currently work from home – will not be available today. Again, if you have immediate needs or questions, the State Bar’s remote staff is
Continue Reading State Bar Open Today Despite Building Closure, Some Services Limited

 Wisconsin Supreme Court Adopts New CLE Requirements for Reactivated LawyersJeff M. BrownDec. 17, 2021 – The Wisconsin Supreme Court has issued an
order, effective Jan. 1, 2022, establishing new continuing legal education (CLE) attendance and reporting requirements for lawyers who reactivate their State Bar of Wisconsin membership or who are readmitted or reinstated to the State Bar.The State Bar filed the petition in 2021, seeking CLE rule changes to create a “comity rule” for “inactive” members who practice
Continue Reading Wisconsin Supreme Court Adopts New CLE Requirements for Reactivated Lawyers