|For Immediate Release
||CONTACT: Christi Powers
State Bar of Wisconsin
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Door County attorneys participate in hometown hotline
MADISON, October 8, 2003 - As part of the State Bar
of Wisconsin's Lawyer Hotline program, seven local attorneys provided
free volunteer legal advice to citizens from throughout Wisconsin during
a recent "hometown hotline" held in Sturgeon Bay.
Attorneys Tom Reynolds, Steve Johnson
and Philip Johnson (local solo practitioners) were on
hand along with Dana Brooks and Charles
Wingrove (Brooks & Moeller, SC), and Mark
Jinkins (Pinkert Law Firm LLP). Attorney Steve
Kase arranged for the location at Baylake Bank and Attorney
Jennifer Moeller (Brooks & Moeller, SC) coordinated
the effort by State Bar members who answered simple legal questions and
provided general legal information during the hotline session.
"This is a truly meaningful service that the State Bar is able to
provide through the assistance and cooperation of volunteer attorneys,"
said Shell Goar, hotline coordinator. "Any time we as an association can
somehow bridge the gap between attorneys and the public, the opportunity
must be utilized."
In existence for more than 20 years, the hotline program is a
component of the State Bar's Lawyer Referral and Information Service,
which provides information, resources and referrals to more than 50,000
consumers seeking legal assistance annually. Most hotline questions
involve landlord/tenant, small claims, family law, simple wills,
bankruptcy and traffic issues.
"We get a variety of questions," Goar said. "People want advice on
how to deal with the tree limb hanging in their yard, or questions about
who is legally entitled to the engagement ring if a couple decides not
to get married."
To access the State Bar's Lawyer Referral and Information Service,
call (800) 362-9082 or visit www.legalexplorer.com.
The State Bar of Wisconsin is the mandatory professional association,
created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, for attorneys who hold a law
license in Wisconsin. With more than 20,000 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.