|For Immediate Release
||CONTACT: Teresa Weidemann-Smith
State Bar of Wisconsin
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Additional Candidate for 2005 State Bar Elections
MADISON, March 2, 2005 - In December 2004 the State
Bar of Wisconsin named attorneys Dean Deitrich ofWausau
and G. Jeffrey George of La Crosse as candidates for
the office of president-elect of the State Bar of Wisconsin. The State
Bar of Wisconsin announces a third candidate, Madison attorney
Steve A. Levine, who recently submitted a petition
signed by 100 active Bar members to the State Bar's Executive Director
and thereby qualified to be on the ballot.
Dean R. Dietrich, a partner with the Wausau Law Firm
of Ruder, Ware & Michler, L.L.S.C., represents private and public
sector employers in employment law. A graduate of Marquette University
in 1974 and Marquette University Law School in 1977, he has served on
the State Bar's Professional Ethics Committee since 1991 and
serving as chair in 2000-2002. He serves on the Wisconsin Supreme
Court-appointed committee to review and propose changes to the Rules of
Professional Conduct for Attorneys and currently serves as Treasurer of
the State Bar.
G. Jeffrey George ofMoen Sheehan Meyer Ltd. in La
Crosse holds law licenses to practice in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota.
He r eceived his Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University and a law
degree from the University of Iowa College of Law, with distinction in
1974. Prior to his legal career, he served in the United States Army
Military Intelligence Branch and later in the United States Army
Reserve. He was admitted to the Federal Courts for the eastern and
western districts of Wisconsin, the district of Minnesota and the United
States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Steve A. Levine of Madison, an Assistant General
Counsel for the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, graduated from
Georgetown University Law School in 1973 and received a Master of Laws
degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1984. Mr. Levine has also
served as an Army Reserve Officer. He is a member of the American Bar
Association and the Dane County Bar Association and is admitted to
practice in the Western District of Wisconsin, the 7 th Circuit Court of
Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Levine's legal work
focuses primarily on energy, telecommunications and water and sewer law
and he has presented Continuing Legal Education programs on
administrative law and public utility law. He has served two terms on
the State Bar Board of Governors and has participated on several State
Bar Committees including the Committee on Administration of Justice and
the Judiciary and the Board of Bar Examiners Review Committee.
The 2005 State Bar of Wisconsin elections will be held in April.
Those elected will be sworn in during the State Bar's Annual Convention
in May, and will officially take office July 1. The president-elect will
serve a one-year term before becoming president, the treasurer will
serve for two years and the Judicial Council representative serves a
three- year terms.
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.