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  • March 15, 2023

    Why Serve on a State Bar Committee? You Can 'Do Amazing Things'

    Serving on a State Bar of Wisconsin committee is a way to make a difference quickly in the legal profession and in the justice system, says T.R. Williams, who previously served on the State Bar's Leadership Development Committee.

    March 15, 2023 – As a new lawyer, Madison attorney T.R. Williams knew she wanted to become involved with State Bar leadership.

    In 2014, Williams joined the State Bar Leadership Development Committee, and spent the next several years serving on the committee. “Each year, they ask me if I want to leave,” Williams said, “and I say ‘of course not.’”

    Why stay?

    “On this committee, I’ve had the opportunity to do amazing things for the state and for the State Bar,” Williams said.

    “Very seldomly – particularly as a criminal defense attorney – do you see your work come to fruition very quickly,” Williams said.

    The State Bar allows attorneys to have a leadership role where you can truly make a difference, Williams said.

    “And it’s been awesome,” she said.

    Join a Committee – Make a Difference

    If you are interested in serving on a State Bar committee, visit to view the Leadership Opportunities and Committees pages, then submit a Committee Volunteer Interest Form.

    ​Find out more about the time commitments for each committee.

    ​Appointments to standing committees are for three years, and appointments to special committees are for one year. All committee appointments begin July 1 – the beginning of the State Bar’s next fiscal year.

    The deadline to submit the interest form is April 15.

    Volunteer to Serve on a State Bar Committee; Submit 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

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

    For more information, visit the Committees page on WisBar. Submit an Interest Form by April 15 to be considered for an appointment.

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