FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 18, 2012
Andrea Gage, J.D.
State Bar of Wisconsin
(608) 630-0432 (cell)
(800) 444-9404, ext. 6025
Kelli Thompson Named Chair of State Bar Board of Governors
Madison, WI – Attorney Kelli S. Thompson was
elected 2013 chair of the State Bar of Wisconsin Board of Governors
during the board’s annual meeting last week in the Wisconsin
Dells. Thompson succeeds Attorney Patricia Struck of Madison as board
Thompson, the Wisconsin State Public Defender, has served in a number
of leadership roles at the State Bar, including chair of the Bench Bar
Committee and member of the Access to Justice Commission.
Thompson is committed to securing appropriate funding for the criminal
justice system, educating the public on the legal system, and improving
services and resources for new lawyers.
“I am honored to be selected chair, and I look forward to working
with the Board of Governors as they address timely and important topics
in the coming year,” said Thompson. “As Wisconsin's
State Public Defender, I see the value of collaboration and effective
communication and am hopeful the same approaches help to advance our
Thompson is also a member of the National Legal Aid and Defender
Association Board of Directors, and the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s
Planning and Policy Advisory Committee. Thompson is also very active in
her community, serving as president of Wisconsin Women in Government,
past-president of the Wisconsin Literacy Council, and volunteer for the
Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation.
Thompson received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from
the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993, and her law degree from
Marquette University in 1996.
The State Bar of Wisconsin is the mandatory professional
association, created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, for attorneys who
hold a Wisconsin law license. With more than 23,000 members, the State
Bar aids the courts in improving the administration of justice, provides
continuing legal education for its members to help them maintain their
expertise, and assists Wisconsin lawyers in carrying out community
service initiatives to educate the public about the legal system and the
value of lawyers. For more information, visit www.wisbar.org.