Dean Dietrich of Wausau said he plans to work with State Bar leadership and members toward lawyer wellness and expanding legal services throughout the state.
April 22, 2022 – Wausau attorney Dean Dietrich is the next president-elect of the State Bar of Wisconsin.
In the elections ending April 22, 2022, Dietrich defeated John Danner of Minocqua by 1,850 votes to 1,231.
Dietrich will serve a one-year term as president-elect starting July 1, 2022, before succeeding Margaret Hickey of Milwaukee on July 1, 2023, as State Bar president.
Dietrich is a veteran attorney with a long history in State Bar leadership. Dietrich has spent more than 45 years traveling across the state representing local governments and advising lawyers on ethics issues. That experience has given him a good look at the state of the profession and the state of the State Bar organization. He grew up in Milwaukee, but has made Wausau his home since 1979. In addition to municipal law, Dietrich's practice focuses upon employment law and lawyer professional responsibility.
"I am very honored to be selected," Dietrich said. "I am very excited about the opportunity to work with State Bar leadership, staff, and Wisconsin lawyers toward wellness for lawyers and expansion of legal services throughout the state."
"I want to thank John Danner for a very enjoyable campaign and for the support of my staff, my firm, and my friends in the Bar," he said.
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Anna F.C. Muñoz of Milwaukee wins secretary post.
Sarah Zylstra of Madison elected as Judicial Council representative.
In Other State Bar Races
Anna F.C. Muñoz of Brookdale Senior Living, Milwaukee, was elected to a two-year term as secretary, defeating Robert Held Vander Wyst of Legal Action of Wisconsin Inc., Racine, by 1,781 votes to 1,152.
Learn more about Muñoz.
Winning a three-year term as Judicial Council representative is
Sarah Zylstra with Boardman & Clark LLP, Madison, defeating April K. Toy of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Milwaukee, by 1,638 votes to 1,247.
Learn more about Zylstra.
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)
Ryan M. Billings, Kohner, Mann & Kailas S.C., Milwaukee, Harvard Law School, 2004
Randal J. Brotherhood, Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C., Milwaukee, Washington University School of Law, 1981
Lisa M. Lawless, Husch Blackwell LLP, Milwaukee, Indiana University-Bloomington Maurer School of Law, 1992
Felicia L. Owen, Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Marquette University Law School, 2021
Nicholas C. Zales, Zales Law Office, Milwaukee, Marquette University Law School, 1989
District 4 (one vacancy)
Julie F. Stodolka, Plymouth, University of California-Los Angeles School of Law, 1987
District 6 (two vacancies)
Alexandra K. Evans, Hippenmeyer, Reilly, Blum, Schmitzer, Fabian & English S.C., Waukesha, Marquette University Law School, 2021
AnnMarie M. Sylla, Schott, Bublitz & Engel S.C., Waukesha, New England School of Law, 2013
District 8 (one vacancy)
Gregory J. Banchy, Banchy Law Center LLC, Eau Claire, Marquette University Law School, 1987
District 9 (four vacancies)
Elizabeth A. Fernandez, Wisconsin Education Association Council, Madison, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2001
C. Kai Hovden, DeWitt LLP, Madison, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2017
Mitch, University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2003
Sarah A. Zylstra, Boardman & Clark LLP, Madison, University of Wisconsin Law School, 1998
District 10 (one vacancy)
Starlyn R. T. Miller, Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Keshena, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2008
District 12 (one vacancy)
Shanna M. Sanders, State Public Defenders Office, Janesville, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2011
District 14 (one vacancy)
Rachel E. Maes, City of Green Bay, Hamline University School of Law, 2014
District 16 (one vacancy)
Lawrence J. Wiesneske, O'Melia, Schiek & McEldowney S.C., Rhinelander, University of Wisconsin Law School, 1982
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, 2022.
Districts 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, and 16 elected governors in 2022. District 2 (Milwaukee) elected five; District 6 (Waukesha) elected two; District 9 (Dane) elected four; and all other districts elected one.
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