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    News Release April 2003: Wisconsin State Bar officials attend Leadership Institute

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    For Immediate Release
      CONTACT: Christi Powers
    State Bar of Wisconsin
    (800) 444-9404, ext. 6025
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    Wisconsin State Bar officials attend Leadership Institute

    MADISON, April 18, 2003 - Joining some 300 other national lawyer-leaders in Chicago last month, State Bar of Wisconsin officials attended the American Bar Association's (ABA) Leadership Institute to explore local, state and national legal initiatives.

    State Bar Executive Director, George C. Brown, was accompanied by Michelle A. Behnke and Earl H. Munson who are both candidates for the president-elect post. Votes are due Friday, April 25 from more than 20,000 members who will elect a candidate for the 2004 presidential term.

    Left to right: Dennis W. 
    Earl H. Munson,Michelle A. Behnke, George C. Brown, Madison, Alfred 
P. Carlton, Jr.

    Photo from left to right:
    Dennis W. Archer, Detroit, Michigan -- American Bar Association, President-Elect, Earl H. Munson, Madison -- Wisconsin State Bar President-Elect candidate, Michelle A. Behnke, Madison -- Wisconsin State Bar President-Elect candidate, George C. Brown, Madison -- Executive Director, State Bar of Wisconsin, Alfred P. Carlton, Jr., Raleigh, North Carolina -- American Bar Association, (current) President

    Munson, a partner with the Madison firm of Boardman, Suhr, Curry & Field, has practiced law for more than 40 years in the areas of trial, class actions and commercial tort. As a member of the State Bar board of governors since 2000, Munson has served on numerous committees including the Legal Assistance, Bench/Bar and Professionalism committees. He is a former lecturer at the UW-Madison Law School and also was a board member for the Dane County Legal Services Center.

    Behnke, a solo practitioner in Madison, has practiced law since 1988 and has been a State Bar executive committee member since 1997. Having served on the State Bar board of governors since 1994, Behnke was named chair in 2001, and has also participated on various committees including the Rules and Bylaws, Diversity Outreach and Law Education committees. Behnke previously served as treasurer for the Wisconsin Equal Justice Coalition and has also taught classes and seminars at the UW-Madison Law School.

    Brown, Behnke and Munson attended the ABA Bar Leadership Institute which provides a forum on governance, finance, communications and planning initiatives that benefit the legal community. The seminar is held annually in Chicago for incoming officials of state and local bars, special-focus lawyer organizations, and bar foundation members.

    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.