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    Wisconsin Lawyer
    June 01, 2006

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    Vol. 79, No. 6, June 2006

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    State Bar welcomes 175 new members

    Michael Guerin, John Kosobucki, and Joseph Kearney

    State Bar President Michael Guerin, Wisconsin BBE Director John Kosobucki, and Marquette Law School Dean Joseph Kearney, at swearing-in ceremony.

    Marquette Law School class sworn in at Capitol

    On May 22, 175 Marquette Law School graduates were admitted to practice. The new lawyers were welcomed to the profession by the Wisconsin Supreme Court justices, Marquette Law School Dean Joseph D. Kearney, State Bar President D. Michael Guerin, and Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners Director John E. Kosobucki.

    Following each swearing-in ceremony, Justice N. Patrick Crooks spoke to the new lawyers, "We have every reason to take great pride in our profession and have the most solemn obligation to all others who have gone before us to carry on our functions as lawyers and judges in a manner so as to pass on this heritage undiminished and untarnished. On the matter of professional pride and integrity, I suggest that these are the hallmarks which distinguish the true lawyer from the mere attorney-at-law."

    This brings State Bar membership to 22,160. U.W. Law School graduates will be sworn in on June 20.

    Kosobucki is new BBE director

    John KosobuckiOn April 24, the Board of Bar Examiners (BBE) wel-comed John E. Kosobucki, a retired U.S. Army colonel, as its new director.

    "The BBE looks forward to working with John and the State Bar on a number of ways to improve service to Wisconsin-licensed lawyers," says BBE Chair Hon. Charles H. Constantine of Racine. "John brings more than 30 years of service in leadership positions exercising command over 20,000 Army Reserve soldiers in six states."

    Marinette attorney James A. Morrison, BBE vice chair, cites automating the filing of CLE reporting forms and character and fitness applications as examples of changes that will make the credit recording and bar application processes more user friendly and efficient.

    "I look forward to working with the BBE board and the State Bar to streamline these processes," says Kosobucki. "I'm also looking forward to meeting with attorneys as I travel the state and listening to concerns they have with the BBE. I'm particularly interested in talking with attorneys interested in drafting questions for the bar exams we administer. There's a great deal of expertise among the law school professors and practicing attorneys, which I hope to draw on.

    "Finally, my main role is to protect the public by assuring that only qualified candidates who meet the competence standards and the character and fitness requirements are admitted to the bar. That's the foremost challenge. I'm excited about the opportunity to serve the public and Wisconsin-licensed attorneys."

    Kosobucki's military career began in the ROTC at Marquette in 1971. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a distinguished military graduate in the Adjutant General's Corps. His most recent assignment was as deputy commander for readiness with the 88th Regional Readiness Command at Fort Snelling, Minn.

    Kosobucki earned a law degree and a certificate in labor/management relations from Marquette University and a master's degree in management from Webster University in St. Louis.

    Contact Kosobucki at (608) 261-2347.

    Mandatory court form updates: juvenile forms

    • As of May 23, 2006, the Wisconsin Records Management Committee has updated the following Juvenile forms.
    • JC-1605 Petition for Appointment of Relative as Guardian/Notice of Plea Hearing
    • JC-1606 Dispositional Order Concerning Petition to Appoint Relative as Guardian
    • JC-1644 Notice of Right to Seek Postdisposition Relief
    • JD-1753 Notice Concerning Grounds to Terminate Parental Rights

    Forms and summaries are available in PDF or MS Word format at For more information, contact Terri Borrud at (608) 266-7143.

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