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  • April 05, 2017

    Who Will Represent You? Vote by April 28 in State Bar Officer, Board of Governors, and Division Elections

    Look in the mail this week for the State Bar of Wisconsin election ballots. Voting in the State Bar elections gives you a chance to have a say in setting the direction and policies of the State Bar. Here’s what you need to know to cast your vote.

    April 5, 2017 – This month, State Bar members will elect a president-elect, a treasurer, a Judicial Council representative, district governors, and division officers and board members. For State Bar officers and district governors, ballots will be mailed this week, and are due by April 28.

    The winning candidates will assume their offices July 1. For general information on State Bar elections, see the elections page on

    Elect a President-elect, Treasurer, and Judicial Council Representative

    The State Bar’s officers influence the future of the State Bar as well as set its policy direction. Your vote for officers will make a difference in the future of the organization that supports the practice of law in Wisconsin.

    Officer positions up for election are president-elect, treasurer, and Judicial Council representative.

    The 2017-18 officer candidates are:

    State Bar President-elect:

    State Bar Treasurer:

    Judicial Council Representative:

    To find out more about the candidates for State Bar president-elect, see “State Bar President-elect Candidates Pitch Ideas, Talk Value for Members,” InsideTrack, Feb. 15, 2017, and “What Makes a Good State Bar President? A Q&A With Election Candidates,” InsideTrack, March 15, 2017.

    The president-elect serves a one-year term before becoming president. The treasurer holds the position for two years, while the Judicial Council representative serves a three-year term.

    Candidates for State Bar Board of Governors – 18 Governor Positions Open for Election

    You have a say in who will represent your district on the State Bar Board of Governors. The Board of Governors is the State Bar's policymaking body. Governors serve two-year terms.

    Members vote for representatives of their district. Not sure which district is yours? See the district map on

    The Board of Governors’ candidates represent a wide variety of experience and practice areas. By district, the candidates are:

    District 1 (one vacancy)

    District 2 (seven vacancies)

    District 3 (one vacancy)

    District 5 (one vacancy)

    • Craig R. Steger, Hale, Skemp, Hanson, Skemp & Sleik, La Crosse, Ave Maria School of Law 2005

    District 6 (one vacancy)

    • Daniel P. Fay, Oakton Avenue Law Offices SC, Pewaukee, Marquette 1977

    District 7 (one vacancy)

    • Bradley A. Yanke, Anderson, O'Brien, Bertz, Skrenes & Golla LLP, Stevens Point, Marquette 2011

    District 9 (three vacancies)

    District 11 (one vacancy)

    District 13 (one vacancy)

    • Adam Y. Gerol, Ozaukee County District Attorneys Office, Port Washington, Drake University 1988

    District 15 (one vacancy)

    Division Members: Watch for Electronic Ballots

    The State Bar divisions promote greater communication, networking, and business opportunities among member lawyers with similar interests and experience. The board members of each division set the tone for each division, and send representatives to the State Bar’s Board of Governors. For the Government, Nonresident, and Young Lawyers divisions, membership is free if you qualify.

    This month, division elections will be conducted via electronic ballot, sent to the email address on record with the State Bar, to members of the Nonresident, Government, and Young Lawyers divisions. Ballots will go out by email by April 10, 2017. Completed ballots must be received by the State Bar by midnight on Friday, April 28, 2017.

    Election and candidate information for each division is available:

    • Nonresident Lawyers Division: Look for information in your electronic ballot.

    • Government Lawyers Division: In the April 2017 issue of GLD News.

    • Young Lawyers Division: In the March 2017 issue of Fresh Perspectives.

    For any election-related questions regarding the State Bar divisions, please contact Jerry Vang, member services manager, at

    Ballot Reminders

    • For State Bar president-elect, treasurer, Board of Governors, and Judicial Council offices: ballots are received by mail. If you do not open your mail, alert your assistant not to discard your State Bar of Wisconsin paper ballot. It is clearly marked “BALLOT” on the outside of the envelope.

    • Division members should add as an approved sender in their email inbox. This prevents the ballot from being identified as spam.

    • If you belong to more than one division, the email you receive will contain all of the ballots and candidate statements for any division in which you are eligible to vote.

    • If you have placed any holds on email from the State Bar, you may not receive an electronic ballot. Contact Customer Service to verify that your account is set up to receive your email ballot. They can be reached at (800) 728-7788.

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