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    News Release October 2003: Door County attorneys participate in hometown hotline

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      CONTACT: Christi Powers
    State Bar of Wisconsin
    (800) 444-9404, ext. 6025
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    Door County attorneys participate in hometown hotline

    MADISON, October 8, 2003 - As part of the State Bar of Wisconsin's Lawyer Hotline program, seven local attorneys provided free volunteer legal advice to citizens from throughout Wisconsin during a recent "hometown hotline" held in Sturgeon Bay.

    Photo: From left to right: Steve Johnson, Mark 
Jinkins, Steve Kase, Charles Wingrove, Tom Reynolds, Dana Brooks and 
Phil Johnson.
    Attorneys Tom Reynolds, Steve Johnson and Philip Johnson (local solo practitioners) were on hand along with Dana Brooks and Charles Wingrove (Brooks & Moeller, SC), and Mark Jinkins (Pinkert Law Firm LLP). Attorney Steve Kase arranged for the location at Baylake Bank and Attorney Jennifer Moeller (Brooks & Moeller, SC) coordinated the effort by State Bar members who answered simple legal questions and provided general legal information during the hotline session.

    "This is a truly meaningful service that the State Bar is able to provide through the assistance and cooperation of volunteer attorneys," said Shell Goar, hotline coordinator. "Any time we as an association can somehow bridge the gap between attorneys and the public, the opportunity must be utilized."

    In existence for more than 20 years, the hotline program is a component of the State Bar's Lawyer Referral and Information Service, which provides information, resources and referrals to more than 50,000 consumers seeking legal assistance annually. Most hotline questions involve landlord/tenant, small claims, family law, simple wills, bankruptcy and traffic issues.

    "We get a variety of questions," Goar said. "People want advice on how to deal with the tree limb hanging in their yard, or questions about who is legally entitled to the engagement ring if a couple decides not to get married."

    To access the State Bar's Lawyer Referral and Information Service, call (800) 362-9082 or visit

    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 to help them maintain their expertise, and assists Wisconsin lawyers in carrying out community service initiatives to educate the public about the legal system and the value of lawyers.