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    11
    2001

    Supreme court seeks volunteers to study fee arbitration

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    The Wisconsin Supreme Court seeks six volunteer lawyers and nonlawyers to sit on a new committee that will study and review existing programs for resolving lawyer-client fee disputes in Wisconsin.

    Supreme court seeks volunteers to study fee arbitration

    July 11, 2001

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court seeks six volunteer lawyers and nonlawyers to sit on a new committee that will study and review existing programs for resolving lawyer-client fee disputes in Wisconsin.

    The Fee Arbitration Committee will review existing fee-dispute committees in Wisconsin and in other states and propose a model for Wisconsin. Among other things, the committee will study the pros and cons of mandatory and voluntary fee arbitration programs. The State Bar of Wisconsin currently runs a voluntary program, which received 67 requests for help resolving fee disputes in fiscal year 2000. In 31 of those cases, the lawyer who submitted the disputed bill opted not to participate in the arbitration. The Milwaukee Bar Association runs a similar program, and handled 30 fee disputes last fiscal year.

    The study committee also will include a representative from the State Bar and the Milwaukee County Bar, and their respective committees that handle fee disputes. It will also include a representative of the Office of Lawyer Regulation, the agency of the supreme court that handles discipline of lawyers licensed to practice in Wisconsin.

    The supreme court's Appointment Selection Committee will accept letters of interest and resumes through August and will recommend members to the court in early September. Interested applicants should send letters of interest and resumes to Cornelia Clark, Clerk of the Supreme Court, P.O. Box 1688, Madison, WI 53701-1688, fax to Clark's attention at (608) 267-0640, or email cornelia.clark@courts.state.wi.us. Positions are filled on a continual basis and resumes will be kept on file for consideration for future opportunities.