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  • December 05, 2018

    Boost Your Career: Run for a Position in the State Bar Board of Governors

    Getting involved with the State Bar Board of Governors reaps many benefits, say those who have served on it. Find out how to sign up to run for a 2019 position.
    Truscenialyn Brooks at BOG meeting

    Feb. 20, 2019 – “Get involved with the State Bar.” That is the advice Truscenialyn Brooks received from partners at her firm, Perkins Coie, in Madison. It was a way, they said, to connect with the legal community.

    It was good advice, according to Brooks – and has made a difference in her career.

    Brooks has served on the State Bar Board of Governors in various capacities since 2015. “I enjoy interacting with my colleagues and sharing ideas that could positively impact Wisconsin attorneys,” Brooks said.

    Serving on the board has helped her learn more about what the State Bar offers and what she, as a Wisconsin attorney, can gain from it. Brooks serves on its Policy Committee.

    “The price I pay for being involved – including preparing for and attending meetings – is very small compared to the reward from being a part of the State Bar. I have an opportunity to have my opinions heard and to represent attorneys from my district (and others I share common values with),” she said. “Plus, I have a hand in helping to solve State Bar issues and in making it a more accessible place for everyone.”

    The Board of Governors is the State Bar's policymaking body. Governors serve two-year terms.

    State Bar volunteers serve a vital role in providing member and public services while gaining the personal and professional satisfaction of making a difference in the profession and the legal system.

    BOG district map

    Petitions Accepted Before March 1

    Districts 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, and 15 will elect governors in 2019. District 2 (Milwaukee) elects seven, District 9 (Dane) elects three, and all other districts elect one.

    To be considered for a seat on the Board of Governors, members must submit a petition, signed by 10 active members in their district, to the State Bar by March 1, 2019.

    To receive a petition or for more information, visit the Board of Governors’ page on, or contact Jan Marks via email or call her at (608) 250-6106 or (800) 444-9404, ext. 6106.

    Voting Takes Place in April

    The State Bar will mail election ballots by April 12, 2019, and members must returned them by April 26, 2019.

    Persons elected will take office July 1, 2019.

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