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The State Bar's Government Relations (GR) program works with State Bar members and state government officials (including legislators, executive branch and judicial branch agencies and their staff) to improve the administration of justice and the delivery of legal services in Wisconsin. The GR team is the lobbying arm of the State Bar and some of its practice sections. It is also responsible for tracking Supreme Court Rules and fostering effective communication and relations with the judicial branch.

The State Bar of Wisconsin takes legislative positions on general policy items of importance to the legal profession; these are expressed in the Board of Governor Policy Positions. In addition to positions on behalf of the entire membership, 15 practice sections lobby on behalf of their own members; these are expressed in the State Bar of Wisconsin Practice Section Positions.

For updates from inside the Capitol dome, read the State Bar of Wisconsin's monthly e-newsletter, the Rotunda Report.

For more information about members of the Wisconsin State Legislature, view the State Bar of Wisconsin's Legislative Directory.

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Second Chance Bill (AB 387/SB 308)

Help the State Bar of Wisconsin send a bill to the governor’s desk, which would return first-time, nonviolent 17-year-old offenders to juvenile court jurisdiction. Please take a moment to reach out to your state representative and senator to seek their support and assistance in passing the Second Chance Bill (Assembly Bill 387/Senate Bill 308). Time is running out on this legislative session with only a few short weeks before final adjournment – so please don’t delay in calling or emailing your legislators.

To help you take the next step in the process, the State Bar government relations team has prepared a sample message for your legislator that you can quickly copy and paste into the body of an email.

Please use http://legis.wisconsin.gov/Pages/waml.aspx to find your legislators. Once you’ve found your legislators, select the “Second Chance Co-Sponsors” document to determine whether your senator and/or your representative are a sponsor of this legislation. Some of you may also reside in majority party leadership districts as indicated in the “Legislative Leaders” document. Since members of the leadership team are responsible for the scheduling of bills, that message will be slightly different than the other two email options.

    • Use “Constituent Email A” if… Your senator or representative does not appear in the list of co-sponsors and is not a member of the majority party leadership team.
    • Use “Constituent Email B” if… Your senator or representative is listed in the attached list of co-sponsors.
    • Use “Constituent Email C” if… Your senator or representative is a member of the majority party leadership team.

After you have copied the appropriate message into a new email please update the highlighted areas with the correct information.

Getting this legislation signed into law is one of the State Bar’s top priorities, and we hope that you can take a few minutes out of your day to help achieve this goal. If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Government Relations Staff Sandy Lonergan at 608-250-6045 or org slonergan wisbar wisbar slonergan org or Katie Stenz at 608-250-6145 or org kstenz wisbar wisbar kstenz org.