State Bar president-elect candidates
Patrick J. Fiedler
Jennifer Ann Stuber
Judicial Council nominees
Christine Rew Barden
Thomas W. Bertz
Dec. 16, 2011 – Madison attorneys Patrick J. Fiedler, Axley Brynelson LLP, and William White, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, have accepted nominations to run for 2012 State Bar president-elect. The president-elect serves a one-year term before becoming president.
“I’ve been a State Bar member since I graduated from Marquette Law School back in 1980. As a new lawyer, I never felt a connection with the bar,” Fiedler said. “Rather, it was something that I had to join and pay annual dues to. Over the years, I’ve come to realize how important the State Bar can be to its members if those members see it as being relevant to them. If I’m elected, one of my main areas of focus will be seeking input from all members, no matter their age or type of law which they practice. In my opinion, the State Bar needs continual member feedback to ensure that it is a resource for all lawyers and that those lawyers see membership as being something that is advantageous as opposed to something that is mandatory.”
White said, “I am pleased to be asked to stand for election as president-elect of the State Bar of Wisconsin. I expect to uphold the highest standards of professional conduct, which will allow us, as lawyers, to continue to lead by example. Being an attorney has been a satisfying experience, both personally and professionally, and I look forward to further service.”
The nominees for secretary are Marcia Y. Lucas, Northern Trust Co., Chicago, and Jennifer Ann Stuber, Hogan & Melms LLP, Rhinelander. The secretary serves a two-year term.
The nominees for Judicial Council are Christine Rew Barden, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren SC , Madison, Thomas W. Bertz, Anderson, O'Brien, Bertz, Skrenes & Golla, Stevens Point, and Nicholas Vivian, Eckberg, Lammers, Briggs, Wolff & Vierling PLLP, Hudson. The Judicial Council representative serves three years.
The candidates were selected by the State Bar Nominating Committee, chaired by President-elect Kevin G. Klein of Phillips.
Members interested in running for one of these offices can file a petition, which must be signed by 100 active Bar members, with the State Bar by Feb. 1. To receive a petition, contact Jan Marks at org jmarks wisbar wisbar jmarks org or call (608) 250-6106, or (800) 444-9404, ext. 6106.
Board of Governors
Districts 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, and 16 will elect governors in 2012. District 2 (Milwaukee) elects five; District 9 (Dane) elects four; and all other districts elect one. The Board of Governors is the State Bar's policymaking body. Governors serve two-year terms.
To be considered for a seat on the Board of Governors, members must submit a petition signed by 10 active members in their district at the State Bar by March 1, 2012. To receive a petition, visit Board of Governors or contact Marks.
The Board of Governors is the State Bar's policymaking body. Governors serve two-year terms.
The State Bar's Government Lawyers (GLD), Nonresident Lawyers (NRLD), Senior Lawyers (SLD), and Young Lawyers (YLD) divisions are selecting candidates to run in their 2012 elections.
GLD members will choose three division directors to serve two-year terms. Interested GLD members are invited to write to the GLD Nominating Committee in care of the State Bar by Feb. 1.
NRLD members will choose a president-elect for a one-year term, and five directors to serve two-year terms. Please note that only active and emeritus-status NRLD members can run for these positions. Interested NRLD members are asked to send resumes and letters of interest to the NRLD Nominating Committee chair in care of the State Bar by Jan. 13.
SLD members will choose a president-elect for a one-year term and four directors to serve two-year terms. Interested SLD members should send resumes and letters of interest to the SLD Nominating Committee in care of the State Bar by Jan. 15.
YLD members interested in running for division president-elect are invited to write to the YLD Nominating Committee Chair in care of the State Bar by Feb 3. YLD directors and other officers will be elected during 2012 Young Lawyers Leadership Conference on March 30 in Milwaukee, by nomination from the floor.
Send letters to the appropriate nominating committee State Bar, P.O. Box 7158, Madison, WI 53707-7158.
Election ballots will be mailed no later than April 13, 2012, and must be returned by April 27, 2012. Persons elected will take office July 1, 2012.