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The State Bar annually elects a president-elect, treasurer or secretary, and a Judicial Council representative. A Nomination Committee, appointed by the president, chooses two or more candidates to run for these offices. The Nomination Committee announces its slate of candidates by Dec. 15. Members also can self-nominate by submitting to the State Bar a petition signed by 100 active Bar members by the first business day of February. For more information or to receive a petition, contact org jmarks wisbar Jan Marks at (800) 444-9404, ext. 6106, (608) 250-6106.

Board of Governors. Districts 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, and 15 elect governors in odd years. Districts 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, and 16 elect governors in even years. District 2 (Milwaukee County) elects seven governors in odd years and five governors in even years. District 6 (Waukesha County) elects one governor in odd years and two governors in even years. District 9 (Dane County) elects three governors in odd years and four governors in even years, and all other districts elect one governor. The Board of Governors is the State Bar's policymaking body. Governors serve two-year terms.

To be considered for a seat on the board, members must submit a petition signed by 10 active members in their district to the State Bar by the first business day of March.

For more information, contact org jmarks wisbar Jan Marks at (800) 444-9404, ext. 6106, (608) 250-6106.


The State Bar's divisions hold annual elections in April.

The 2016 division officer elections for the Government Lawyers Division, the Non-Resident Lawyers Division, and the Young Lawyers Division will be conducted electronically. For the Senior Lawyers Division, elections will be conducted by mail. According to the Senior Lawyers Division bylaws, if the election is uncontested, no ballots will be mailed.

To ensure that you receive your ballot to vote in the Division election on April 6, 2016, please remember the following:

  • Only the State Bar Divisions identified above are handling elections electronically. If you do not open your mail, alert your assistant not to discard your State Bar of Wisconsin paper Ballot for President-Elect, Secretary, Board of Governor and Judicial Council offices. It is clearly marked “BALLOT” on the outside of the envelope.
  • Add net noreply directvote directvote noreply net as an approved sender in your inbox today. This prevents the ballot from being identified as spam.
  • If you are a member to more than one Division, the email you receive will contain all of the ballots and candidate statements for any Division in which you are eligible to vote.
  • If you have placed any “holds” on email from the State Bar, you may not receive an electronic ballot. You might want to phone Customer Service to verify that your account is set up to receive your email ballot. They can be reached at 1-800-444-9404.
  • Elections will begin with an email notice on April 6, 2016 and close at midnight on April 22, 2016.

The following officer positions are up for election:

Government Lawyers Division

  • President-Elect
  • Board of Directors (three)

Non-Resident Lawyers Division

  • President-Elect
  • Board of Directors (five)

Young Lawyers Division

  • President-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Board of Directors (five)

Senior Lawyers Division

  • President-Elect
  • Board of Directors (three)