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  • Press Release
    August 26, 2020

    The State Bar Supports Kenosha's Legal Community

    Kathleen A. Brost, Larry J. Martin & Joseph M. Cardamone

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    To our colleagues in Kenosha County:

    The State Bar of Wisconsin joins the state and the nation in expressing deep concern for you and the Kenosha community following the Aug. 23 shooting of Jacob Blake and the ensuing riots, property destruction, and tragic deaths of two individuals. No words can adequately express our concern for all victims in the wake of this civil unrest. However, we can offer our support to you and our ongoing commitment to advancing a fair and just legal system. 

    The State Bar of Wisconsin may be of help to you and your family during this difficult time. Please feel free to contact:

    • WisLAP, our lawyer assistance program, (800) 543-2625. The WisLAP hotline, available to you at any time, provides confidential assistance to help you and your family cope with problems related to the stress you may be facing.

    • Practice411™, the State Bar’s Law Management Assistance Program, (800) 957-4670 or Practice411 can provide guidance to you as you reestablish your business or help you through other practice management issues.

    • The State Bar Ethics Hotline, (608) 229-2017 or (800) 254-9154, for any questions you may have regarding lawyer obligations during civil unrest. 

    The State Bar remains committed to racial equity. We stand for the rule of law and the right to peacefully protest. We also stand against violence and destruction to personal and public property. We must insist on real change by stepping up our efforts to combat racial injustice and disparities, advance equal justice, and promote diversity and inclusion. Jill Kastner, State Bar immediate past president, is leading our Racial Justice Leadership Group. We encourage you to visit our Racial Equity resource webpage to learn more. We welcome your ideas and suggestions on what more we can do.

    You are in our thoughts.


    Kathy A. Brost, President
    State Bar of Wisconsin               

    Larry J. Martin, Executive Director
    State Bar of Wisconsin

    Joseph M. Cardamone III           
    District 1 Governor

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