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  • December 15, 2021

    Raise Your Hand: Run for Government, Nonresident, or Young Lawyers Division Board Positions

    Serving in a leadership position in a State Bar of Wisconsin division helps lawyers lead the profession and make connections throughout the state. Learn how to run for a leadership position in your division.

    Dec. 15, 2021 – The benefits are many, say those who have served as leaders in their State Bar of Wisconsin divisions. Now is the time to apply to run for a leadership position.

    Three State Bar divisions are accepting nominations for candidates for their 2022 elections: The Government Lawyers Division; Nonresident Lawyers Division; and Young Lawyers Division.

    Information about Division Leadership Elections

    • Most positions are for two-year terms. The president-elect serves a one-year term before serving a one-year term as president, followed by serving another year as past president.
    • Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to run for all State Bar leadership positions.
    • Persons elected take office July 1, 2022.
    • Nominations for all positions are due Jan. 31, 2022.

    Members of the Senior Lawyers Division with questions about division elections should contact Karen Beall at the State Bar.

    Jump to information about elections for:

    Lisa Marmet

    “Serving on the GLD Board has been an amazing experience. I have enjoyed becoming better acquainted with the inner workings of the State Bar,” said Lisa Marmet, GLD president.

    Government Lawyers Division: Nominations Due Jan. 31

    The Government Lawyers Division (GLD) addresses the concerns of government-employed attorneys. The division includes state attorneys, state public defenders, state prosecutors, corporation counsel, family court commissioners, city attorneys, U.S. attorneys, and others.

    “Serving on the GLD Board has been an amazing experience. I have enjoyed becoming better acquainted with the inner workings of the State Bar,” said Lisa Marmet, GLD president. “Further, as a career government attorney, working with the Bar to advocate on behalf of the interest of government attorneys is a way to make a difference. On a personal level, meeting attorneys in many different roles from diverse locations across Wisconsin has been very rewarding,” Marmet said.

    Open positions for GLD leadership for next year are:

    • president-elect (3-year term: one as president-elect, one as president, and one as past president); and
    • three board of director positions (2-year term).

    The GLD board typically meets three times per year in person and two times via teleconference. Mileage is reimbursed. The GLD president typically represents the division on the State Bar’s Board of Governors.

    To apply: GLD members should email a statement of interest and a headshot photo to Karen Beall by Jan. 31, 2022. Please limit statement of interest to 250 words.

    Erik Guenther

    “I have had the pleasure of serving on the NRLD board for several years. It is an excellent experience. I developed true friendships – not just ‘contacts’ – with lawyers from all over the U.S. and even Canada,” said NRLD President Erik Guenther.

    Nonresident Lawyers Division: Nominations Due Jan. 31

    The Nonresident Lawyers Division (NRLD) promotes greater communication and business opportunities among nonresident lawyers, and organizes and oversees the growing network of local State Bar chapters nationwide.

    NRLD President Erik Guenther urges division members to run for officer and board member positions for 2022-23.

    “I have had the pleasure of serving on the NRLD board for several years. It is an excellent experience. I developed true friendships – not just ‘contacts’ – with lawyers from all over the U.S. and even Canada.”

    “Networking through the NRLD even helped me develop my career and find a job in the Caribbean. NRLD has been – and still is – one of the core anchors of my professional career,” Guenther said.

    Open positions for NRLD leadership for next year are:

    • president-elect (3-year term: one as president-elect, one as president, and one as past president);
    • secretary (2-year term); and
    • five board of director positions (2-year term).

    The NRLD board typically meets two times per year in person and four times via teleconference. Travel is reimbursed. Five representatives of the NLRD also serve on the State Bar’s Board of Governors: the president, president-elect, the immediate past president, and two additional elected members.

    To apply: NRLD members should email a statement of interest and a headshot photo to Karen Beall by Jan. 31, 2022. Please limit statement of interest to 250 words. A nominating committee will recommend a slate of candidates for the election.

    Emil Ovbiagele

    “As our State Bar tackles important issues, it is more important than ever for young lawyers to be a part of these conversations and solutions. Be a part of the solutions. Run for a YLD board position,” said YLD President Emil Ovbiagele.

    Young Lawyers Division: Nominations Due Jan. 31

    The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) is committed to providing leadership training, continuing legal education, and networking opportunities to its members.

    “Serving on the YLD board has been a meaningful way to get involved with the State Bar,” said YLD President Emil Ovbiagele. “During my time on the board, I’ve been dialed in on important matters affecting young lawyers and the State Bar at large. From discussions with other State Bar leaders, and serving on special initiative committees, the YLD board provides young leaders with a seat at the table.”

    “And as our State Bar tackles important issues, such as diversity, inclusion, and equity, as well as lawyer shortages in rural parts of the state, it is more important than ever for young lawyers to be a part of these conversations and solutions. Bring your ideas, bring your drive, and bring your commitment to service. Be a part of the conversation. Be a part of the solutions. Be a voice for young lawyers across the state. Run for a YLD board position,” Ovbiagele said.

    Open positions for YLD leadership for next year are:

    • president-elect (3-year term: one as president-elect, one as president, and one as past president);
    • secretary (2-year term); and
    • five board of directors positions (2-year terms).

    The YLD includes lawyers within their first five years of practice or under the age of 36. The YLD board typically meets four times per year in person, and one time via teleconference. Travel is reimbursed. The YLD’s immediate past president typically represents the division on the State Bar’s Board of Governors.

    To apply: YLD members should email a statement of interest and a headshot photo to Karen Beall by Jan. 31, 2022. Please limit statement of interest to 250 words.

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    Vote in April: Look for Your Email Ballot

    All State Bar elections (including for State Bar divisions and sections) will be held via an electronic ballot in 2022. Ballots are emailed by the second week in April, and the election closes at noon Central time on April 22, 2022.

    To ensure you receive your State Bar election ballot, add noreply@directvote.net as an approved sender in your inbox sometime before April 1. This prevents the ballot from being identified as spam.

    Please note: If you have placed any holds on emails from the State Bar, you may not receive an electronic ballot. Contact Customer Service at (800) 444-9404 to verify that your account is set up to receive your email ballot.

    State Bar members with no email address on file will receive paper ballots. Paper ballots will be mailed on April 6, 2022.


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