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    December 13, 2019

    Government Attorneys Top Slate of State Bar Officer Candidates

    Meet the 2020 State Bar of Wisconsin officer candidates, including two government lawyers who are nominees for State Bar president-elect. The candidates come from a wide variety of backgrounds and from across the state – get to know them before the election in April.

    Cheryl Daniels  

    Cheryl Daniels

    Michael May  

    Michael May

    Kristen Hardy  

    Kristen Hardy

    Charles Stertz  

    Chuck Stertz

    William Gleisner  

    William Gleisner

    John Orton  

    John Orton

    Dec. 13, 2019 – Cheryl Furstace Daniels and Michael P. May have accepted nominations to run for 2020 State Bar of Wisconsin president-elect.

    Both candidates are government lawyers in Madison. Daniels is with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection in Madison; and May is city attorney for Madison.

    The president-elect serves a one-year term before becoming president for the 2020-21 year.

    The nominees for secretary are Kristen Hardy of Briggs & Stratton Corporation, Wauwatosa; and Chuck Stertz, assistant district attorney with Outagamie County, Appleton.

    The candidates for Judicial Council representative are William C. Gleisner of William C. Gleisner III Attorney at Law, Waukesha; and John R. Orton of Curran, Hollenbeck & Orton SC, Mauston.

    “I encourage everyone to get to know the candidates – their backgrounds and accomplishments, as well as their goals and aspirations for the future,” said Kathleen Brost, current State Bar president-elect and chair of the State Bar's Nominating Committee, which nominates candidates for State Bar leadership positions.

    The Nominating Committee members, appointed by State Bar President Jill Kastner for the State Bar’s April 2020 election cycle, are:

    • State Bar President-elect Kathleen Brost, Neenah;

    • Michelle Behnke, Madison;

    • Grant Birtch, Neenah;

    • Laura Skilton Verhoff, Madison; and

    • Josh Kindkeppel, Madison.

    “The Nominations Committee worked hard to recruit a diverse slate of candidates from throughout the state,” Brost said. “While they vary in their backgrounds, they are all dedicated to serving our members and our justice system – and they are all terrific leaders.”

    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, 2020. 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.

    Vote in April: Look for Your Electronic Ballot

    All State Bar elections (including for State Bar divisions) will be held via an electronic ballot in 2020. Ballots are emailed by the second week in April, and the election closes at noon Central Time on April 24, 2020.

    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 on April 8, 2020.


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