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    Additional Candidate for 2005 State Bar Elections Announced

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    For Immediate Release
      CONTACT: Teresa Weidemann-Smith
    State Bar of Wisconsin
    (800) 444-9404, ext. 6025
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    Additional Candidate for 2005 State Bar Elections Announced

    MADISON, March 2, 2005 - In December 2004 the State Bar of Wisconsin named attorneys Dean Deitrich ofWausau and G. Jeffrey George of La Crosse as candidates for the office of president-elect of the State Bar of Wisconsin. The State Bar of Wisconsin announces a third candidate, Madison attorney Steve A. Levine, who recently submitted a petition signed by 100 active Bar members to the State Bar's Executive Director and thereby qualified to be on the ballot.

    Dean R. Dietrich, a partner with the Wausau Law Firm of Ruder, Ware & Michler, L.L.S.C., represents private and public sector employers in employment law. A graduate of Marquette University in 1974 and Marquette University Law School in 1977, he has served on the State Bar's Professional Ethics Committee since 1991 and serving as chair in 2000-2002. He serves on the Wisconsin Supreme Court-appointed committee to review and propose changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys and currently serves as Treasurer of the State Bar.

    G. Jeffrey George ofMoen Sheehan Meyer Ltd. in La Crosse holds law licenses to practice in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota. He r eceived his Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University and a law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law, with distinction in 1974. Prior to his legal career, he served in the United States Army Military Intelligence Branch and later in the United States Army Reserve. He was admitted to the Federal Courts for the eastern and western districts of Wisconsin, the district of Minnesota and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

    Steve A. Levine of Madison, an Assistant General Counsel for the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, graduated from Georgetown University Law School in 1973 and received a Master of Laws degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1984. Mr. Levine has also served as an Army Reserve Officer. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Dane County Bar Association and is admitted to practice in the Western District of Wisconsin, the 7 th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Levine's legal work focuses primarily on energy, telecommunications and water and sewer law and he has presented Continuing Legal Education programs on administrative law and public utility law. He has served two terms on the State Bar Board of Governors and has participated on several State Bar Committees including the Committee on Administration of Justice and the Judiciary and the Board of Bar Examiners Review Committee.

    The 2005 State Bar of Wisconsin elections will be held in April. Those elected will be sworn in during the State Bar's Annual Convention in May, and will officially take office July 1. The president-elect will serve a one-year term before becoming president, the treasurer will serve for two years and the Judicial Council representative serves a three- year terms.

    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.