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  • February 15, 2023

    The Benefits of Serving on the State Bar's Board of Governors

    State Bar service opportunities allow attorneys to give back to the legal profession while bettering their practices. Felicia Owen talks about her experience as member of the State Bar's Board of Governors.

    Feb. 15, 2023 – Representing District 2 on the State Bar’s Board of Governors has benefitted Felicia Owen in multiple ways.

    “You meet attorneys from across the state in various fields, which has been helpful,” said Owen. “I’ve had amazing conversations with attorneys that I otherwise never would have met.”

    Owen said her service on the Board of Governors has also made her better attorney. She recommends that attorneys thinking about running for the Board of Governors should go for it.

    “Don’t be quick to count yourself out or think that you are not qualified to be on the Board of Governors,” Owen said.

    About Running for State Bar Board of Governors' District Representatives

    Districts 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, and 15 elect governors in odd years. Districts 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, and 16 elect governors in even years. District 2 (Milwaukee County) elects seven governors in odd years and five governors in even years. District 6 (Waukesha County) elects one governor in odd years and two governors in even years. District 9 (Dane County) elects three governors in odd years and four governors in even years, and all other districts elect one governor. The Board of Governors is the State Bar's policymaking body. Governors serve two-year terms.

    To be considered for a seat on the board, members must submit a nominating petition signed by 10 active members in their district to the State Bar by March 1. If you are interested in nominating yourself (a perfectly acceptable practice) or nominating someone else to run for State Bar office, contact Jan Marks at

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