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    News Release April 2003: Seven Milwaukee area lawyers elected to the Bar's Board of Governors

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    Seven Milwaukee area lawyers elected to the Bar's Board of Governors

    MADISON, April 25, 2003 - Seven Milwaukee County attorneys have been elected to the State Bar of Wisconsin Board of Governors, the body responsible for managing and directing the affairs and activities of the statewide association. The seven members elected last week to two-year terms will join six other local attorneys on the Board.

    As created by Supreme Court Rule, the State Bar is governed by a 48-member Board of Governors consisting of six officers, 34 members elected by State Bar members from the association's 16 districts, five elected by divisions of the State Bar, and three non-lawyers appointed by the Supreme Court. As policy makers, the Board of Governors and officers influence the future of the legal profession and the delivery of legal services in Wisconsin.

    Those elected from Milwaukee County include:

    JAMES M. BRENNAN has been very active in civil and family trial practice in the Milwaukee County Circuit Court system for the past 26 years; he currently serves as the Chief Staff Attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee, Inc.'s Civil Division. He received his J.D. from Marquette University Law School in 1976. A member of the Board of Governors since 1997, Brennan also serves on the association's Executive Committee, Lawyer Regulation Study Committee and Diversity Outreach Committee. In addition, he belongs to the Bar's Family Law and Litigation Sections, and acts as a liaison to the Legal Assistance Committee and Indian Law and Individual Rights & Responsibilities Sections. Brennan currently sits on Wisconsin's Federal Nominating Commission.

    BARBARA L. BURBACH, a shareholder in the firm of Burbach & Stansbury S.C., graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1975. She is a member of the State Bar's Alternate Dispute Resolution Section and Diversity Outreach Committee. Currently the head of the Milwaukee Bar Association Foundation, Burbach is a past president of the Milwaukee Bar Association (1990), the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - Wisconsin Chapter (1992) and the Leander J. Foley Inns of Court (2001).

    GWENDOLYN G. CONNOLLY, a solo practitioner, graduated with honors from Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa. From 2001-2002 she served as president of the Association for Women Lawyers. Connolly is actively involved in the American Bar Association, Milwaukee Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association and the Women Business Owners Network. She also teaches Law Practices Management at Marquette University Law School.

    WILLIAM J. DOMINA is the Corporation Counsel for Milwaukee County and a former Principal Assistant Corporation Counsel for Waukesha County. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a degree in business administration and from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Following law school, Domina spent two years with the Wisconsin Court of Appeals as a judicial clerk for Justices Robert Dean and Neal Nettesheim. He is a past president of the Waukesha County Bar Association., and is a frequent lecturer on a variety of legal topics. In his spare time, Domina serves his community as a four-time elected member and president of the Waukesha School Board, and has served as a member of the board of directors of the Waukesha Area Chamber of Commerce, Salvation Army and the Midwest Division of the American Cancer Society. He is also an appointed charter member of the Wisconsin Tobacco Control Board.

    D. MICHAEL GUERIN is a partner at the law firm of Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown. In 1974, he received his J.D. from Marquette University Law School, where he now serves as an instructor. A past president of the Milwaukee Bar Association, Guerin currently sits on the boards of Marquette University High School, Centra Legal and the Eastern District Wisconsin Bar Association. He is a former City of Milwaukee Police Officer and a proud graduate of the Harley Davidson Rider course.

    JOHN W. HEIN was admitted to the Bar in 1970, after graduating from New York University Law School. He then served as Law Clerk to the Hon. E. Harold Hallows, Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court from 1970-1971. Hein is the author of "Mitigation of Damages - The Law of Damages in Wisconsin" (1992), and is a member of the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, the Corporate Practice Institute, Presbyterian Homes of Wisconsin and the Skylight Opera Theatre. He is currently in private practice at Godfrey, Braun & Frazier, LLP.

    ELAINE E. RICHARDS is a Vice President at U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC (formerly Firstar). Prior to joining U.S. Bancorp in 1998, she spent three years in corporate legal practice at Reinhart, Boerner, Van Deuren, Norris and Rieselbach, S.C. Richards is currently serving as immediate past president of the Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers (WAAL), having previously served as president, president-elect and board member at large. She has also served on the board of Walker's Point Development Corporation, a community development corporation on the south side of Milwaukee. Richards received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Andrews University (Michigan) in 1991 and her J.D. from Howard University School of Law (Washington, D.C.) in 1995.

    The State Bar of Wisconsin is the mandatory professional association, created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, for attorneys who hold a law license in Wisconsin. With more than 20,000 members, the State Bar aids the courts in improving the administration of justice, provides continuing legal education for its members, and assists Wisconsin lawyers in carrying out initiatives to educate the public about the legal system.