CONTACT: Lisa Roys
State Bar of Wisconsin
(800) 444-9404, ext. 6128
Attorney's Association Ups Reward Related to Arson Attack
MADISON, June 20, 2006 - The State Bar of Wisconsin,
through its president, D. Michael Guerin, announced today that it would
pledge up to $5,000 toward the reward being offered in response to the
arson attack on the law firm of Brenner, Wall and Gay in Waukesha.
During the early morning hours of Memorial Day, May 29, 2006, an
apparent arsonist broke into the law firm, located at 520 N. Grand
Avenue, and ignited a fire which caused in excess of $100,000 damage and
forced the relocation of this small family law practice.
"While the motive in this case remains unclear, we are concerned that
the attack occurred against a building whose sole occupant is a family
law office," said Guerin. "It is basic to individual access that they
can rely on the safety and stability of the lawyers who provide advocacy
in the legal system."
The State Bar of Wisconsin, first organized in 1878, is the mandatory
professional association, created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, for
attorneys who hold a Wisconsin law license. With more than 20,000
members, the State Bar aids the courts in improving the administration
of justice and assists Wisconsin lawyers in carrying out community
service initiatives to educate the public about the legal system and the
value of lawyers.
By making these additional funds available, the State Bar of
Wisconsin hopes that the potential reward initially established by the
Wisconsin Arson Insurance Council will increase the likelihood that the
case will be resolved. Anyone with information leading to the arrest and
prosecution of the individual or individuals that are responsible for
this arson attack can call the Wisconsin Arson Insurance Council's
hotline anonymously at (800) 362-3005.