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    December 07, 2018

    Neenah Attorneys Top Slate of State Bar Officer Candidates

    The 2019 State Bar of Wisconsin officer candidates represent differing practice areas and backgrounds – and all are excellent leaders, says State Bar of Wisconsin President-elect Jill Kastner.

    Grant Birtch

    Grant Birtch

    Kathleen Brost  

    Kathleen Brost

    Eric Andrews 

    Eric Andrews

    Kathryn Bullon 

    Kathryn Bullon

    Howard Bichler 

    Howard Bichler

    Sarah Zylstra 

    Sarah Zylstra

    Dec. 7, 2018 – Grant Birtch and Kathleen Brost have accepted nominations to run for 2019 State Bar of Wisconsin president-elect. Birtch is with Von Briesen and Roper S.C. and Brost is with Legacy Private Trust Co., both in Neenah.

    The president-elect serves a one-year term before becoming president for the 2019-20 year.

    The nominees for treasurer are Eric Andrews, McCoy Leavitt Laskey LLC, Waukesha; and Kathryn Bullon, Deerhaven Consulting Services, Sombra, Ontario, Canada. The treasurer serves a two-year term.

    The candidates for Judicial Council representative are Howard Bichler of Wisconsin Judicare, Cumberland; and Sarah Zylstra of Boardman & Clark LLP, Madison. The Judicial Council representative serves three years.

    “I encourage everyone to get to know each of the candidates to learn about their outstanding accomplishments and goals for the future,” said Jill Kastner, State Bar president-elect and chair of the Nomination Committee. “Each candidate is dedicated to serving our members and our justice system.”

    The candidates are nominated by the State Bar Nomination Committee. Committee members were appointed by State Bar President Chris Rogers for the State Bar’s April 2019 election cycle. Members are:

    • State Bar President-elect Jill Kastner, Madison
    • Joseph Cardamone, Kenosha
    • Makda Fessahaye, Madison
    • Robert Gagan, Green Bay
    • Deanne Koll, New Richmond

    “The Nominating Committee worked hard to recruit a diverse group of experienced leaders from across the state – and a nonresident lawyer,” Kastner said.

    State Bar members can also run for an officer position by filing a petition signed by 100 active State Bar members. The deadline to submit a petition is Feb. 1, 2019. For more information and to receive a petition, contact Jan Marks at (608) 250-6106, or (800) 444-9404, ext. 6106.

    Candidates Needed for Board of Governors and Division Leadership Positions

    Consider contributing your time and expertise as a Board of Governors’ representative or a Government, Nonresident, or Young Lawyers division leader. Leaders of all experience levels are welcome.

    Look for Your Election Ballots in April

    The State Bar mails election ballots no later than April 12, 2019, and they must be returned by April 26, 2019.

    Persons elected take office July 1, 2019.

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