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    June 03, 2024

    UW Admissions: Welcome to 200 New Wisconsin Lawyers

    The State Bar of Wisconsin celebrates 200 new Wisconsin lawyers, the 2024 graduates of the U.W. Law School. Welcome to the legal profession!

    Shannon Green

    three people throwing their arms up in the air

    New lawyer Hannah Fontaine (center) celebrates with her parents immediately after she became a Wisconsin lawyer. See more photos of the event on the State Bar of Wisconsin Facebook page for the noon and 2:30 p.m.​ ceremonies.

    June 3, 2024 – They are new attorneys ready to start their careers – 200 recent graduates of the U.W. Law School, now sworn in as new Wisconsin lawyers.

    Welcomed in two separate ceremonies by Chief Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler and members of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, 200 U.W. Law School graduates took the Attorney's Oath and signed the Attorney's Roll book, becoming new lawyers on May 29, 2024.

    “Today is one of those turning moments in life,” said Justice Brian Hagedorn, who spoke during the ceremony, “and is a time of celebration and reflection.”

    Your accomplishments are worth celebrating, he said to the soon-to-be new lawyers. But it is also useful to imagine looking back on your career after 50 years. “What do you want to see?”

    “It’s not what you know or even who you know that matters, but what you are,” Justice Hagedorn said.

    “Be patient with yourself,” Chief Justice Ziegler said. Getting settled into your practice takes a while. “It doesn’t happen overnight. But if you have perseverance and truly love the law, you will do well.”

    a photo of the Assembly Chamber showing people in seats on the floor and at the head of the room

    The admissions ceremony was held before members of the Wisconsin Supreme Court in the Assembly Chamber in the State Capitol building.

    These are Some of Wisconsin’s Newest Lawyers

    Kennedy Allison’s movant was Madison attorney and soon-to-be American Bar Association President Michelle Behnke, who spoke of the long line of lawyers in their family. “Education is just so important, and seeing Kennedy complete her degree is really exciting,” Behnke said.

    This day, Kennedy said, “it means a lot to be able to stand here. It also is the end of my schooling and the beginning of my career, and the ability to start exploring my passion for the law in my own direction.”

    Kennedy joins her brother Damon Etawlyah at the Madison firm Small Axe Cooperative, doing a variety of law. “I’m hoping to start our Native American law practice,” she said.

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    Kennedy Allison (standing left) is moved in by Madison attorney Michelle Behnke (standing at microphone), former State Bar president and incoming ABA president.

    Thomas Alexander Dee represents the fifth generation of lawyers in his family. He was moved in by his father, Judge Thomas Christopher Dee of Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

    Caitlin Hunt isn’t done studying yet. She will be taking the Pennsylvania bar exam in July and is headed there to work in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. That she can now practice law, after years of study and effort, is “weird” but “exciting,” she said.

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    Caitlin Hunt signs the Attorney’s Roll book in the Supreme Court Hearing Room.

    The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office is also where Edward Dance is headed. This moment of becoming an attorney feels “wild,” he said. “As an attorney, I will take the oath very seriously,” he said. Edward is eager to take his first steps in “accomplishing my goal of serving the community and the people. I’m very excited about what the future holds.”

    After years of effort, the great payoff of this day is seeing both herself and her friends finally becoming lawyers, said Toni Houston, who was president of the U.W. Black Law Students Association. It was one “eye-opening” class during her undergraduate years – criminal justice – that turned her on the path of law. “I felt like this is something I have to do,” she said.

    Her parents, Thomas and Patti Houston, both attended U.W.-Madison, and now Toni is a “double Badger.” “We are so proud,” said Patti. She knew her daughter had “that fight” in her to become a lawyer. Toni is from Georgia, and wants to work in a big city. She is headed to Chicago and the Cook County Public Defender’s Office – after she passes the Illinois bar exam.

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    With family members, Michael Williams (center) points to his name on the State Bar's name wall after becoming a Wisconsin lawyer.

    The act of signing the Attorney’s Roll book and taking the oath is a big moment, the culmination of a lot of work, said Michael Williams. He said he will “really live up to” the oath he just took. He decided on law after meeting with attorneys while he was in college, including U.W. Law Professor Richard Monette. “They inspired me to want to learn more and keep pursuing it.”

    As a member of the Oneida Nation, Michael is headed to work as a codification attorney with a group in Washington, D.C. – working remotely from his home in Wisconsin. “I'll work online with tribal nations and governments across the United States.”

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    U.W. Law School graduates take the Attorney’s Oath in the Assembly Chamber at the State Capitol in Madison on May 29, 2024.

    Welcome to These New Wisconsin Lawyers

    John Adam

    Jacquelyn K. Adamicki

    Mohammad Ahmad

    Talal Alkurdi

    Kennedy Allison

    Elliot Ambort

    Esthefany M. Archila

    Mackenzie Bailey

    Aubrie Nicole Bailie

    Thomas Baraldi

    Firuze Barimani

    Nicholas J. Bartschat

    Alex Jeffrey Becker

    McKenna Becker

    Montana McClelland Beeson

    John Best

    Jessica Biggott

    Rebecca R. Bisone

    Caitlin A. Blaine

    Julian Blecking

    Morgan Bloch

    Phillip Thomas Boldt

    Alexandria Lavonne Brown

    Lily Broyles

    Jared R. Bruttig

    Omar Andre Cancio

    Alexander Castro

    James Cimermancic

    George Carlo Clark

    Thomas J. Clark

    Abigail Clemons

    Michael Conlin-Brandenburg

    Alayna M. Connolly

    Gita Connolly

    Cesar O. Contreras

    Ambar Cornelio

    Jeffrey J. Crall

    Collin Crosswhite

    Maciej Czerlonko

    Lydia Dal Nogare

    Edward J. Dance

    Thomas Alexander Dee

    Emilie Dozer

    Claudia R. Drace

    Sean M. Dugan

    Anna Catherine Eager

    Nathaniel Edwards

    Christopher A. Fabrizio

    Lauren Felder

    Hunter Nathaniel Fite

    Hannah Fontaine

    William Bryan Fox

    Alexander J. Friedrich

    Samuel Fritz

    W. Cahler Fruchtman

    Armando Garcia, Jr.

    Jacob R. Gardner

    Natalie Gastevich

    Nicholas George

    Taylor Gilbertson

    Aimee Gilson

    Stephen Goettsche

    Clayton J. Goetz

    Lucas Graveley

    Matthew Gullickson

    Claire C. Hahn

    Emma Hahn


    Shane Hardy

    Ben Harpe

    Taylor A. Hatridge

    Amber M. Heidenreich

    Natalia Hernandez

    Rita Hirami

    Katrina Hochholzer

    Adam Hoefs

    Kayla Holmes

    Richard Hong

    Toni Houston

    Caitlin Ann Hunt

    Anthony Isaac

    Tenzin Jashar

    Rachael Johnson

    Fara Kaner

    Alex Kaplan

    Kendall Karon

    Madison S. Kelly

    Shannon A. Kennedy

    Jodi Anne Klagos

    Kole Kobel

    Madeline E. Koengeter

    Dongkyun Koh

    Cooper T. Kohlman

    Nicholas Kram Mendelsohn

    William Garhardt Krentz

    Greg Krueger

    Sarah Kuelbs

    Teresa Kulick

    Braden Kundert

    Frances Adelle LaBudda

    Jackson Larson

    Kevin Lee

    Anika Lillegard-Bouton

    Simin Ma

    Austin Anthony Maingot

    Anna Malcolm

    Danial Manzoor

    Lin Mao

    Matthew Parker Marcin

    Valeria Martinez

    Zechariah McGugan

    Elizabeth McIntire

    Mary Kathryn McKillop

    Charlotte Meltzer

    Adam Meyer

    Carter Mickelson

    Patrick Miller

    Kyle N. Minden

    Lillian E. Miossi

    Pierce Mobley

    Aisha Moe Lindvall

    Tomas Molina

    Lily Muelrath

    Blair Murphy-Pociask

    Mersadie Murray

    Sofia Nikolic

    Akouvi Evans

    Mallory Nordin

    Christian Thor Oehrlein

    Danielle Orie

    Katelyn Ottman

    Kathleen R. Parker

    Trevor Passmore

    Milan Pavlic


    Richardson Paye, Jr.

    Caroline Pellegrini

    Rosario D. Perez-Guerra

    Karen Perez-Wilson

    Anna Pesola

    Veronica Peterson

    Matthew Primozic

    Lily Puent

    Ami Punatar

    Andrew Patrick Quay

    James T. Radwill

    Craig Rapp

    Jules Redlinger

    Kasey F. Reese

    Rosemary Reniero

    Avery Renk

    Hayley Rich

    Nelson Ritthaler

    Cherie Rivas

    Sarah Ross

    James A. Ryan

    Evan Sadlon

    Clai Schlichting

    Joseph D. Schuh

    Anne Schwab

    Matthew S. Schwemmer

    James Scott Segee-Wright

    Zachary Shapiro

    Matthew Shulman

    Isaiah Simon

    Andrew Sironko

    Claire Sophia Skivington

    James Riley Slattery

    James Soo

    Timothy Spurlin

    Ari B. Sternberg

    Natalee Vanessa Stevens

    McKailah Strang

    Gabrielle Struik

    Nicholas J. Surprise

    Morgan H. Sweeney

    Ellie Szczupakiewicz

    Bennett Thering

    Miranda Tichareva

    Samuel Tooley

    Joshua Mitchell Topel

    David Treis

    Thomas A. Tretheway

    James M. Twieg

    Julia Ann Valgento

    Olivia Vande Hei

    Sarah Verzal

    Berenice Villalobos

    Cristina Villalovas

    Alexandria Virginski

    Jim Wagner

    Derek J. Wedige

    Michael Williams

    Edwin A. Willig

    Alex Witz

    Elizabeth Wojtowicz

    Ethan J. Woyak

    Alexander Wahim Yee

    Laura L. Yurs

    John Andrew Zordani

    Jalen D. Zubich

    Savannah Hope Zuzick

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