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  • February 16, 2022

    President-elect Hickey to Colleagues: Consider State Bar Committee Service

    There's so many ways to get involved in your State Bar, says State Bar President-elect Margaret Hickey. "Whatever your interest, my expectation is that there's a committee that would fit your interests."

    Feb. 16, 2022 – How important are the lawyers who volunteer their time on the State Bar of Wisconsin’s 15 committees?

    “Without the service of members on our committees, I don’t know that we could function as effectively as we do,” said State Bar President-elect Margaret Hickey. “Service by State Bar members on committees is integral to the work that we do.”

    Hickey said the committee work is as edifying as it is important.

    “I have found the work always interesting, challenging, and educational. That’s part of why I recommend it to others.”

    ‘It’s Really Rewarding’

    During her career, Hickey has served on a number of committees, including a 15-year stint on the Leadership Development Committee.

    Hickey worked with the committee’s mentorship program to help put young lawyers in touch with mentors.

    “It’s really rewarding, just in terms of making those connections,” Hickey said.

    Serving on a State Bar committee is an example of doing well by doing good, Hickey said.

    “It’s surprising how much I feel I’ve gotten back from serving on those committees.”

    Many Ways to Get Involved

    Hickey said her committee service played a role in convincing her to run for State Bar president.

    “Making those connections both individually and professionally helped me understand that maybe I could do the job of State Bar president, so it gave me some confidence to run for the position.”

    Hickey urged State Bar members to consider serving on a committee.

    “There’s so many ways to get involved. Whatever your interest, my expectation is that there’s a committee that would fit your interests.”

    Volunteer to Serve on a State Bar Committee; Submit Your Committee Volunteer Interest Form by April 15

    For more information, visit the Leadership Opportunities and Committees pages on

    Standing Committees

    • Communications
    • Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
    • Diversity and Inclusion Oversight
    • Legal Assistance
    • Legislative Oversight
    • Professional Ethics

    Special Committees

    • Bar Relations
    • Bench and Bar
    • Insurance and Member Benefits
    • Law Office Management Assistance Program (LOMAP) Advisory
    • Lawyer Referral and Information Service
    • Leadership Development
    • Resolution of Fee Disputes
    • Wisconsin Lawyers Assistance Program (WisLAP)
    • Wisconsin Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection

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