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  • April 06, 2022

    State Bar Elections: Electronic Ballots are Due April 22

    Help set the direction and policies of the State Bar of Wisconsin by voting in the upcoming elections. Look for your email ballot. Here's what you need to know to cast your vote.

    April 20, 2022 – The State Bar of Wisconsin election closes at noon Central time, April 22, 2022. Members will elect a president-elect, a secretary, a Judicial Council representative, district governors, and division and section officers and board members. State Bar election ballots were emailed to members the second week in April. 

    The winning candidates take office July 1. For general information on State Bar elections, see the elections page on

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    Get to Know State Bar President-elect, Secretary, and Judicial Council Candidates


    John E. Danner
    John E. Danner, Minocqua
    About |  Q&A  |  Campaign Flyer  |  Email 
    Dean R. Dietrich
    Dean R. Dietrich, Wausau
     About |  Q&A  |  Campaign Flyer  | Email


    Robert Held
    Robert Held Vander Wyst, Racine
    About | Email
    Anna Munoz
    Anna Muñoz, Milwaukee
    About | Email

    Judicial Council

    April Toy
    April Toy, Milwaukee
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    Sarah Zylstra
    Sarah Zylstra, Madison
    About | Email

    Candidates for the State Bar Board of Governors

    The State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors (board) sets the organization’s policy direction. Your vote for these candidates will make a difference in the future of your practice and your profession.

    State Bar members will elect board representatives during April. Board representatives, elected in 16 districts, govern State Bar policies and strategic priorities. Governors serve two-year terms.

    District 2 (Milwaukee) will elect five governors. District 6 (Waukesha) will elect two. District 9 (Dane County) will elect four. Members will elect one governor in all other districts in play.

    Meet the State Bar Board of Governors’ candidates for two-year terms that begin July 1, 2022. Together, they represent a diversity of practice areas as well as years in practice, and come from across the state. By district, the candidates are:

    District 2 (five vacancies)

    • Ryan M. Billings, Kohner, Mann & Kailas S.C., Milwaukee, Harvard Law School, 2004
    • Randal J. Brotherhood, Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C., Milwaukee, Washington University School of Law, 1981
    • Lisa M. Lawless, Husch Blackwell LLP, Milwaukee, Indiana University-Bloomington Maurer School of Law, 1992
    • Felicia L. Owen, Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Marquette University Law School, 2021
    • Nicholas C. Zales, Zales Law Office, Milwaukee, Marquette University Law School, 1989

    District 4 (one vacancy)

    • Julie F. Stodolka, Plymouth, University of California-Los Angeles School of Law, 1987

    District 6 (two vacancies)

    • Alexandra K. Evans, Hippenmeyer, Reilly, Blum, Schmitzer, Fabian & English S.C., Waukesha, Marquette University Law School, 2021
    • AnnMarie M. Sylla, Schott, Bublitz & Engel S.C., Waukesha, New England School of Law, 2013

    District 8 (one vacancy)

    • Gregory J. Banchy, Banchy Law Center LLC, Eau Claire, Marquette University Law School, 1987

    District 9 (four vacancies)

    • Elizabeth A. Fernandez, Wisconsin Education Association Council, Madison, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2001
    • C. Kai Hovden, DeWitt LLP, Madison, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2017
    • Mitch, University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2003
    • Sarah A. Zylstra, Boardman & Clark LLP, Madison, University of Wisconsin Law School, 1998

    District 10 (one vacancy)

    • Starlyn R. T. Miller, Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Keshena, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2008

    District 12 (one vacancy)

    • Shanna M. Sanders, State Public Defenders Office, Janesville, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2011

    District 14 (one vacancy)

    • Rachel E. Maes, City of Green Bay, Hamline University School of Law, 2014

    District 16 (one vacancy)

    • Lawrence J. Wiesneske, O'Melia, Schiek & McEldowney S.C., Rhinelander, University of Wisconsin Law School, 1982

    State Bar Division Elections

    Members of three State Bar divisions will elect officers and representatives for their division this spring. For more information on division elections and the candidates, see elections information on the divisions page on

    State Bar Section Elections

    Members of the seven State Bar sections with contested elections will elect officers and directors for the upcoming term. For more information on the candidates, see the section elections page on

    Find out about other State Bar leadership opportunities through divisions, sections, and committees.​​

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