Paul G. Swanson wins president-elect post.
April 22, 2016 – Paul Swanson of Steinhilber, Swanson, Mares, Marone & McDermott, Oshkosh, is the next president-elect of the State Bar of Wisconsin.
In the elections ending April 22, 2016, Swanson defeated John Danner of Harrold, Scrobell & Danner S.C., Minoqua, by 2,616 votes to 2,274.
Swanson will serve a one-year term as president-elect, beginning July 1, before succeeding Fran Deisinger as State Bar president on July 1, 2017.
"I am honored at the privilege the voting members have bestowed me with the election to this office. I thank you all,” Swanson said.
Swanson said he is looking forward to serving. “I will use every effort to encourage the delivery of value to the members for their dues and strive to make our State Bar more self-sufficient as well as efficient in its operations. I also hope to address the longstanding problems related to the funding or delivery of services to those in the State of Wisconsin that need them – both civil and criminal."
Members need to be the conscience of the Legislature, Swanson said. "We, collectively, should continue the effort to educate the public on the value of access to the legal system in a free and democratic society."
See more information about Swanson.
Mary Lynne Donohue wins secretary post.
Sherry Coley elected as Judicial Council representative
In Other State Bar Races
Mary Lynne Donohue of Sheboygan was elected to a two-year term as secretary, defeating Ann I. Brandau of Brandau & Waltz Law Offices LLP, La Crosse, by 2,535 votes to 2,007.
Winning a three-year term as Judicial Council representative is Sherry Coley of Green Bay, by 1,725 votes to 1,669 for Jesse B. Blocher of Waukesha, and 1,323 votes for Charles (Chuck) Stertz of Appleton.
Board of Governors
Those elected to serve two-year terms beginning July 1 as district representatives on the State Bar Board of Governors are:
District 2 (five vacancies)
- Karen Marie Bauer, Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee Inc., Milwaukee, U.W. 2009
- Andrew J. Chevrez, Milwaukee, U.W. 1994
- Jill M. Kastner, Legal Action of Wisconsin Inc., Milwaukee, UCLA 2000
- Randy L. Nash, O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C., Milwaukee, U.W. 1979
- Amy E. Wochos, Milwaukee County Courthouse, Milwaukee, U.W. 1996
District 4 (one vacancy)
- Jeffrey R. Wisnicky, Kewaunee County Corporation Counsel, Kewaunee, Northern Illinois University 2003
District 6 (two vacancies)
District 8 (one vacancy)
District 9 (four vacancies)
- Kathleen Chung, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Madison, Marquette 2001
- Catherine Dorl, State Public Defenders Office, Madison, U.W. 1994
- Christopher B. Hughes, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, Madison, Maurer School of Law, Indiana University Bloomington 1993
- Christopher E. Rogers, Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., Madison, U.W. 1995
District 10 (one vacancy)
District 12 (one vacancy)
District 14 (one vacancy)
District 16 (one vacancy)
- Amanda J. Ley, State Public Defenders Office, Wausau, Washington College of Law, American University 2011
Not sure which district is yours? See the district map on WisBar.org.
The State Bar’s Board of Governors is the policymaking body of the organization, and is represented by 52 board members (governors) in 16 districts who serve two-year terms.
Governors represent the district in which they work. In 2016, Districts 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, and 16 elected governors. District 2 (Milwaukee) elected five; District 6 (Waukesha) elected two; District 9 (Dane) elected four; and all other districts elected one.
New Division Officers and Board Members Announced
All terms begin on July 1. The presidents-elect serve a one-year term before becoming president and then serve one year as past president. The secretary and board members’ positions are two-year terms.
President-elect: Mary Schanning, Milwaukee
Michael P. May, Madison
Judith Schmidt-Lehman, De Pere
Hon. Lisa Marmet, Milwaukee
President-elect: David Werwie, St. Paul, MN
Kathryn Bullon, Sombra, Ontario, Canada
Paul Conrad, Washington, DC
Erik Guenther, St. Thomas, VI
Debra Kuper, East Greenwich, RI
H. Charles Stahmer, Bozeman, MT
President-elect: Steven Sorenson, Oshkosh
Dean Dietrich, Wausau
Myron LaRowe, Reedsburg
Anne Taylor Wadsack, Madison – elected to a second term
Earl Munson, Madison – elected to a second term
President-elect: Danielle Kranz, Sparta
Secretary: Chad Schimmelpfenning, Appleton
Elizabeth Bush, Brookfield
Amy Ferguson, Rhinelander
Michael Gentry, Madison
Jane Howard, Mequon
Richard Orton, Milwaukee