April 5, 2023 – This month, State Bar of Wisconsin members elect a president-elect, a treasurer, a Judicial Council representative, district governors, and division and section officers and board members.
State Bar election ballots are emailed by the second Friday in April. The election closes at noon Central time, April 28, 2023.
The winning candidates assume their offices July 1. For general information on State Bar elections, see
the elections page on WisBar.org.
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State Bar members with no email address on file will receive paper ballots. Paper ballots will be mailed April 12, 2023.
Candidates for the State Bar Board of Governors
The State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors influence the future of the State Bar as well as set its 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 of Governor representatives during April. The Board of Governors is the State Bar's policymaking body. 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.
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.