Amy Wochos

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Candidate for Judicial Council Representative

Amy E Wochos

Amy E Wochos

Milwaukee County Courthouse, Milwaukee

Email: gov amy.wochos wicourts wicourts amy.wochos gov

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I am honored to have been chosen as a nominee for the position of State Bar representative to the Judicial Council. I have both State Bar and professional experience that I could use to be a productive member of the Council. I have been involved in the process of evaluating and making improvements to policy and procedure through my work with the State Bar, which includes 10 years on the YLD Board (until they finally realized I was no longer, in fact, “young”) and 5 years on the Board of Governors. Last year, I was the chair of the Board of Governors’ Public Policy, wherein I spearheaded our work in reviewing, analyzing the current need for, and revising a quarter of the public policy positions of the State Bar. I was honored to receive a President’s Award from then-President Jim Brennan for this effort.

In my daily professional life, I already work closely with judges, commissioners, attorneys, and other staff members in developing and implementing Milwaukee County policies and procedures, as well as analyzing and overseeing implementation of statutes and court rules. I gained a new perspective on policy and procedure through my work in the Milwaukee Justice Center, as I have been able to see how even the most mundane procedures can have huge effects on litigants, particular poor, unrepresented litigants. I would be able to draw these experience and perspectives on the Judicial Council. It would be my privilege, if elected, to serve.

Practice

Legal Counsel – Courts, Milwaukee County. In this role, I am currently housed in the Probate Division of the courts. Before that, I was the Legal Director of what is currently the Milwaukee Justice Center. Prior to joining Milwaukee County, I was a civil litigator with Piper & Schmidt, Milwaukee.

Lecturer, UW-Milwaukee, Political Science Department (Law and Society, Constitutional Law-Civil Rights and Liberties).

Education

University of Wisconsin-Madison, J.D., cum laude (1996). Symposium Editor, Wisconsin Law Review.

University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., with honors (1991).

Admissions to Practice

State Bar of Wisconsin

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Professional Activities

State Bar of Wisconsin: Board of Governors (2007-12), Chair, Board Public Policy Committee (2011-12); Executive Committee (2007-08); Client Protection Fund committee (2008-present, currently Vice Chair); Young Lawyers Division (YLD), president (2006-07), board member (1998-2008); Convention Committee (2007-08).

American Bar Association: House of Delegates (2003-04); YLD Member Service team (2002-03); YLD Public Service team (2003-04); YLD Professional Development team (2004-05); YLD Meetings Coordinator (2005-06).

Milwaukee Bar Association: Legal Services to the Indigent Committee (2007-present); Milwaukee Justice Center Steering Committee (2007-present); Probate Bench/Bar Committee (2011-present).

Association of Women Lawyers – member

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