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    April 24, 2020

    State Bar President-elect Post Goes to Cheryl Daniels

    Cheryl Daniels of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection in Madison is the next president-elect of the State Bar of Wisconsin. Here are results for State Bar officer and Board of Governors' elections for 2020-21.
    Kathleen Brost

    Cheryl Daniels of Madison said she is determined to help find solutions to the issues our members face in this challenging time.

    April 24, 2020 – Cheryl Daniels of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection in Madison is the next president-elect of the State Bar of Wisconsin.

    In the elections ending April 24, 2020, Daniels defeated Michael May, city attorney for Madison, by 1,704 votes to 1,454.

    Daniels will serve a one-year term as president-elect starting July 1, 2020, before succeeding Kathy Brost of Neenah on July 1, 2021, as State Bar president.

    As of July 1, 2020, with Brost as president, Milwaukee lawyer Jill Kastner as past president, and Daniels as president-elect, it will be the first time in the State Bar’s history in which the organization’s top three leadership positions are held entirely by women.

    “Together, we represent a great diversity of geography and legal practices – with Jill’s civil legal services practice, Kathy’s solo and small corporate practice, and my government law service,” Daniels said.

    Daniels, U.W. 1985, has worked as an assistant legal counsel with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection for 11 years. She is a past president of the State Bar of Wisconsin Law Foundation, and served on the State Bar Board of Governors and the boards of the Government and Young Lawyers divisions.

    “I will work hard to listen to all members,” Daniels said. “We have great leaders with Kathy and Jill – and together, we will find creative solutions to the issues our members face in this challenging time.”

    "I want to thank every attorney who took the time, during this unprecedented time, to vote in the State Bar elections,” Daniels said. “And I am grateful to my colleagues, my lawyer-husband Michael Rosenberg, and everyone who supports me as I work to serve all the lawyers of Wisconsin.”

    See more information about Daniels.

    Kristen Hardy

    Kristen Hardy of Wauwatosa wins secretary post.

    John Orton

    John Orton elected as Judicial Council representative.

    In Other State Bar Races

    Kristen Hardy of Briggs & Stratton Corporation, Wauwatosa, was elected to a two-year term as secretary, defeating Chuck Stertz, assistant district attorney with Outagamie County, Appleton, by 1,855 votes to 1,222.

    Winning a three-year term as Judicial Council representative is John R. Orton of Curran, Hollenbeck & Orton S.C., Mauston, defeating William C. Gleisner of William C. Gleisner III Attorney at Law, Waukesha, by 1,549 votes to 1,430.

    Board of Governors

    Those elected to serve two-year terms beginning July 1 as district representatives on the State Bar Board of Governors are:

    District 2 (five vacancies)

    District 4 (one vacancy)

    District 6 (two vacancies)

    • Jesse B. Blocher, Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., Waukesha, Marquette 2006
    • AnnMarie M. Sylla, Schott, Bublitz & Engel, S.C., Waukesha, New England School of Law 2013

    District 8 (one vacancy)

    District 9 (four vacancies)

    District 10 (one vacancy)

    District 12 (one vacancy)

    District 14 (one vacancy)

    District 16 (one vacancy)

    About the Election for the State Bar Board of Governors

    The Board of Governors is the State Bar's policymaking body. Governors serve two-year terms, which begin July 1, 2020.

    Districts 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, and 16 elected governors in 2020. District 2 (Milwaukee) elected five; District 6 (Waukesha) elected two; District 9 (Dane) elected four; and all other districts elected one.

    Not sure which district is yours? See the district map.

    Division Elections: Who Will Represent You in Your Division?

    Each of the State Bar of Wisconsin divisions – Government, Nonresident, Senior, and Young lawyers – choose new leaders for the upcoming term that begins July 1, 2020. Here are the new division officers and board members.

    The presidents-elect serve a one-year term before becoming president and then serve one year as past president. Secretary, treasurer, and board positions are two-year terms.

    Government Lawyers Division

    President-elect: Lisa Marmet

    Directors: Scott Franklin Brown, Joanne Bungert, Jeffrey Wisnicky

    Nonresident Lawyers Division

    President-elect: Erik R. Guenther

    Directors: Roya Bahrami, Kathryn Bullon, Alen Marcyne B. Lagazo, Viet-Hanh Nguyen Winchell, Melodie Wiseman

    Senior Lawyers Division

    New officers and directors will be announced in June.

    Young Lawyers Division

    President-elect: Emile Ovbiagele

    Secretary: Jenny Wang

    Treasurer: Jose Castro

    Directors: Ellen Atterbury, Lindsay Healless, Samantha C. Huddleston, Ashley Smith, Shannon Toole


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