March 15, 2023 – In April, State Bar of Wisconsin members will vote for representatives on the State Bar’s Board of Governors, the organization's policymaking body. Governors serve two-year terms. Your vote for these candidates will make a difference in the future of your practice and your profession.
Together, they represent a diversity of practice areas as well as years in practice, and come from across the state. Check out the slate of
2023 Board of Governors’ candidates.
About the State Bar Board of Governors and State Bar Elections
Who Else Is Running? Get to Know the State Bar Officer Candidates
For more information on the 2023 State Bar elections, visit the
Board of Governors is the State Bar's policymaking body, and governors serve two-year terms.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, and 15 will elect governors in 2023. District 2 (Milwaukee) elects seven, District 9 (Dane) elects three, and all other districts elect one.
All State Bar elections (including for State Bar sections and divisions) will be held via an electronic ballot in 2023. Ballots are emailed by the second week in April. The election opens on Thursday, April 13, 2023, and the closes at noon Central time on April 28, 2023.
Get Your Ballot
To ensure you receive your State Bar election ballot, add
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 April 12, 2023.
Meet the Candidates for the Board of Governors
State Bar Board of Governors’ candidates for two-year terms that begin July 1, 2023. By district (see the district map), the candidates are:
District 1 (one vacancy)
District 2 (seven vacancies)
Karen M. Bauer, Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee Inc., Milwaukee, U.W. 2009
Daniel J. Blinka, Godfrey & Kahn SC, Milwaukee, U.W. 2009
Elisabeth Townsend Bridge, Amundsen Davis LLC, Milwaukee, University of Nebraska 1981
Basil J. Buchko, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc., Milwaukee, Notre Dame 1999
Monica L. Cail, Legal Action of Wisconsin Inc., Milwaukee, Marquette 2015
James E. Goldschmidt, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee, Harvard 2012
Jennifer L. Johnson, Legal Action of Wisconsin Inc., Milwaukee, Indiana University 2014
Russell J. Karnes, Gimbel Reilly Guerin & Brown LLP, Milwaukee, Marquette 2010
Thomas J. Pienkos, Amundsen Davis LLC, Milwaukee, U.W. 1999
Mary L. Schanning, Milwaukee World Festival Inc., Milwaukee, William & Mary 1997
Clyde Tinnen, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee, Columbia University 2006
District 3 (one vacancy)
District 5 (one vacancy)
District 6 (one vacancy)
District 7 (one vacancy)
District 9 (three vacancies)
Stacy A. Alexejun, Quarles & Brady LLP, Madison, Marquette 2009
Alison E. Helland, Madison Community Foundation, Madison, University of Iowa 2005
Jessica J. Shrestha, Fredrikson & Byron PA, Madison, U.W. 2009
Annabelle K. Vang, Kowalski Wilson & Vang LLC, Madison, Marquette 2014
District 11 (one vacancy)
District 13 (one vacancy)
Tatiana Shirasaki, Dodge County Corporation Counsel, Juneau, Toledo Brazil 1998, U.W. 2014
District 15 (one vacancy)
Elizabeth Stinebaugh, Legal Action of Wisconsin Inc., Racine, University of the District of Columbia 2013
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
divisions elections information in the divisions page on WisBar.org.
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 section candidates, see the
section elections page on WisBar.org.
Find out about other State Bar
leadership opportunities through divisions, sections, and committees.