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    December 03, 2021

    Meet the Candidates for State Bar President-elect, Secretary, and Judicial Council

    Meet the 2022 State Bar of Wisconsin officer candidates who are nominees for State Bar president-elect, secretary, and Judicial Council representative. The candidates come from a wide variety of backgrounds and from across the state – get to know them before the election in April.

    John Danner

    John E. Danner

    Dean Dietrich

    Dean R. Dietrich

    Robert Held Vander Wyst 

    Robert Held Vander Wyst

    Anna Muñoz 

    Anna Muñoz

    April Toy ​​

    ​April Toy

    Sarah Zylstra 

    Sarah Zylstra


    Dec. 3, 2021 – John E. Danner and Dean R. Dietrich have accepted nominations to run for 2022 State Bar of Wisconsin president-elect.

    The president-elect serves a one-year term before becoming State Bar president on July 1, 2023.

    Dietrich is with Weld Riley S.C., Wausau. Danner is shareholder and director with Harrold, Scrobell & Danner S.C., in Minocqua.

    The nominees for secretary are Robert Held Vander Wyst of Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc., Racine; and Anna Muñoz, senior director of Legal Operations, Licensing, and Risk, with Brookdale Senior Living in Milwaukee.

    The candidates for Judicial Council representative are April Toy, with Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Milwaukee; and Sarah Zylstra, a partner with Boardman & Clark LLP, Madison.

    The State Bar Nomination Committee was chaired by President-elect Margaret Hickey, Milwaukee. “Thank you to Nominations Committee members Bob Gagan, Kristen Hardy, Peggy Herlitzka, and Joel Skinner, for making these nominations with me and for the work needed to find excellent candidates,” Hickey said.

    “The committee members have brought together candidates who represent a diversity of practice areas, ages, and locations throughout Wisconsin. We know that each candidate will serve the State Bar well,” Hickey said.

    Members who wish to run for these positions must file a petition, signed by 100 active State Bar members, by Feb. 1, 2022. To receive a petition, contact Jan Marks via email or call (608) 250-6106, or (800) 444-9404, ext. 6106.

    Persons elected will take office July 1, 2022.

    Candidates Needed for Board of Governors and Division Leadership Positions

    Consider contributing your time and expertise as a Board of Governors’ representative – petitions are due by March 1, 2022 – or a Government, Nonresident, or Young Lawyers Division leader. Leaders of all experience levels are welcome. Find out about other State Bar leadership opportunities.

    Vote in April: Look for Your Email Ballot

    All State Bar elections (including for State Bar divisions and sections) will be held via an electronic ballot in 2022. Ballots are emailed by the second week in April, and the election closes at noon Central time on April 22, 2022.

    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 6, 2022.

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