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News and developments from the State Bar of Wisconsin.

Every day, we see examples of members who donate their time and talent not only to the State Bar of Wisconsin, but also to the communities in which they work and call home.Attorneys and judges are busy people. Sometimes it may feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to volunteer between other professional activities, all while trying to achieve work-life balance. But countless State Bar members volunteer every day, with or without recognition.Your volunteer efforts – whether
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Nov. 3, 2022 – Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Annette Ziegler used her second State of the Judiciary address on Nov. 2 to highlight the need to bolster judicial security for the state’s 272 judges.Ziegler began her address, which took place at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin Judicial Conference, by paying homage to the five judges who died since the conference’s 2021 annual meeting.Among those judges was Judge John Roemer.Roemer, a retired Juneau County Circuit Court judge,
Continue Reading State of the Judiciary: Chief Justice Ziegler Calls Attention to Judicial Security Issue

​​Oct. 28, 2022 – With the Nov. 8 election looming, candidates for Wisconsin Attorney Gene​ral – incumbent Josh Kaul and challenger Eric Toney – squared off yesterday (Oct. 27) to debate the issues facing Wisconsin.

The State Bar of Wisconsin hosted the debate at the State Bar Center in Madison, in partnership with
WisPolitics.com and Wisc-TV.

News 3 Now Anchor Eric Franke moderated the debate with questions from panelists Emilee Fannon (CBS-58), Will Kenneally (Wisc-TV), and JR Ross (WisPolitics).
Continue Reading Candidates for Wisconsin Attorney General Debate at State Bar Center

Oct. 18, 2022 – The State Bar of Wisconsin, along with its partners,
WisPolitics.com and
WISC-TV, will host a debate between the candidates for Wisconsin Attorney General,
District Attorney Eric Toney and
Attorney General Josh Kaul.

  • ​ When: Thursday, October 27, 4:00 p.m.
  •  Where: State Bar Center, 5302 Eastpark Blvd., Madison, WI

RSVP by Oct. 25Join the pre-debate reception at 3:30 p.m. in the State Bar Center Rotunda. As the debate will be broadcast live
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Sept. 27​, 2022 – Members of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors engaged in a substantive discussion of proposed revisions to the State Bar’s current position on bail reform at its first meeting of the fiscal year, Sept. 23 in Elkhart Lake.The 52-member board represents member-constituents in
16 districts and sets the organization’s policy positions. The board welcomed 17 new members this term.A previous board adopted the current policy position on bail reform in 2018. It says
Continue Reading State Bar Board Discusses Bail Reform at First Meeting of Fiscal Year

Zamir Abid points to his name on the sign welcoming new Wisconsin lawyers, following a swearing-in ceremony before the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Visit the
State Bar’s Facebook page for more photos of this event.Sept. 14, 2022 – These are among the 55 new Wisconsin lawyers, taking the final steps Sept. 13 in a ceremony before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, taking the Attorney’s Oath and signing the Wisconsin Supreme Court Roll book. Jacquelynn B. Rothstein, director of the Board of
Continue Reading Welcome to 55 New Wisconsin Lawyers: September Admissions

Sept. 2, 2022 – Dozens of lawyers have spent part of this summer preparing asylum applications for Afghans who were evacuated to the U.S after the fall of the Afghan government in August 2021.This is a short profile of one team of four attorneys:
Kendall Harrison and
Linda Schmidt at Godfrey & Kahn S.C. in Madison, and Chester (“Chet”) Isaacson and Megan McKenzie in the legal department at American Family Insurance.
How did they get involved with
Continue Reading Pro Bono Spotlight: Helping Afghan Evacuees with Asylum Applications

Jill Hartley discussed developments in labor law during the State Bar’s annual Health, Labor, and Employment Law CLE on Aug. 19.Aug. 23, 2022 – The State Bar of Wisconsin held the Health, Labor and Employment Law (HLE) Institute and the 10th annual Indian Law CLE program in-person this year, both at the Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells on Aug. 18-19.Post-Dobbs LandscapeDuring an HLE session held on Friday, Aug. 19, panelists surveyed the legal landscape
Continue Reading Sports Betting, Dobbs, and NLRB Headline Indian Law and Health, Labor and Employment Law Programs

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