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Updated April 8, 2020 at 3:30 p.m.

The State Bar of Wisconsin is committed to doing our part in helping to reduce transmission of COVID-19 and protect those who are at higher risk with as little disruption as possible.

Our primary goal is your safety, health and well-being, as well as that of our State Bar team. We are also focused on providing continued assistance and services to our members. Please know that the State Bar is committed to assisting you as best we can while trying to minimize disruption.

While we are limiting in-person functions, the core functions of the organization continue, including support from WisLAP, Practice 411 and the Ethics hotline programs. The State Bar has greatly reduced the number of empl​oyees working in the State Bar office through remote work arrangements, but our dedicated team will be working just as hard to assist you. Here are some of the other measures the State Bar is taking:

Webcast Programming Continues

Although the State Bar has indefinitely suspended in-person PINNACLE® programming and meetings, we’ve ramped up the use of technology to keep our members informed and connected. Meanwhile, PINNACLE webcast replays and OnDemand seminars​ continue as scheduled.

Find a listing of coronavirus-related CLE programming on the WisBar Marketplace. This programming includes topics on telecommuting, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, business continuity and disaster planning, ethical and logistical considerations, public health and due process, counseling employers, small business economic relief, issues of employee benefits raised by the COVID-19 pandemic, and more.

In lieu of cancellation of in-person seminars, members who were registered to attend in-person PINNACLE seminars may participate via live webcast. Members may also request refunds on any paid in-person event registrations indefinitely.

Hear Recordings of the Free, One-Hour Town Hall Meeting Forums

Covering 20-plus different practice areas, the town hall forums provide a place for practitioners to share how they’ve been coping with the abrupt disruptions caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak. Up next:

COVID-19 Financial Relief for Law Firms

Thursday | April 9 | 3-4 PM

Use This Link to Join the Meeting

Previously recorded forums are available in your OnDemand link in the myMedia area of your myStateBar page on To see the list, search town hall if necessary.

Town Hall Meeting Forum recordings are available for these practice areas:

  • Bankruptcy, Insolvency, and Creditors’ Rights

  • Criminal Law & Appellate Practice

  • Elder Law

  • Family & Children and the Law

  • Government

  • Health & Insurance

  • Labor and Employment & Business

  • Litigation

  • Public Interest & Civil Rights & Immigration & International Law

  • Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law & Estate Planning

  • Solo, Small Firm, & General Practice

  • Taxation

Lawyers Can Obtain Up to 30 CLE Credits On-Demand

At the request of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has temporarily eased CLE rules. Through the end of the year, lawyers can now get all 30 credits through on-demand programs.

Lawyers must obtain 30 credits per two-year reporting period. CLE rules limit the number of on-demand CLE credits to 15. However, the court’s temporary order means lawyers who must obtain their 30 credits by the end of this year can obtain all of them through on-demand programs, rather than live in-person or live webcast programs.

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New Coronavirus & the Law Blog

The blog will serve as a repository of articles from attorneys and others, addressing the legal impact of the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the practice of law in Wisconsin and elsewhere.

The blog provides another channel for lawyers to stay informed about what’s happening amidst this pandemic, and to contribute information. Members can subscribe to the RSS feed to receive notification when new information is posted.

Scheduled In-person Meetings Will Be Held Via Teleconference

All in-person board, committee, section and task force meetings will be held in a teleconference format indefinitely. This is inclusive of meetings at the State Bar Center and in off-site locations. For more information, please contact your board, committee, or section liaison.

Major events canceled or postponed. Major upcoming State Bar-sponsored events are canceled or postponed indefinitely.

Limiting visitors at the State Bar Center. The State Bar Center in Madison is closed to non-State Bar employees. Please contact customer service if you need assistance, (608) 257-3838, (800) 728-7788 (nationwide), or by email at org service wisbar wisbar service org.

Ethics, Business Continuity and Disaster Planning

If you have confidential questions, please direct those to the Ethics Hotline at (800) 254-9154 or Practice411 at (800) 957-4670. For additional resources, turn to the Wisconsin Law Firm Self-Assessment section on business continuity and disaster planning.

Ongoing Efforts. The State Bar is actively and regularly monitoring this evolving situation and taking direction from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), and other national and local health organizations.

We will continue to make adjustments for both our members and staff as the situation warrants, and keep you informed on the developments on this webpage and in other communication channels.

Wisconsin Court Developments

Supreme Court Order re Extension of Order on Appellate Court Operations, Deadlines (April 2, 2020)

Supreme Court Order re Remote Administration of Oaths at Depositions Via Remote Audio-Visual Equipment During the Covid-19 Pandemic (March 25, 2020)

Supreme Court Order re Admission to the Bar During The Covid-19 Pandemic (March 25, 2020)

Supreme Court Order re Jury Trials during COVID-19 (March 22, 2020)

Supreme Court Order re Videoconferencing during COVID-19 (March 22, 2020)

Supreme Court Order for Cancellation of 3-30-20 and 4-1-20 Arguments (March 22, 2020)

Circuit Court and Tribal Court Emergency Orders

Wisconsin Court System News Feed

Appellate Courts Remain Operational With Some Limitations in Service (March 18, 2020)

Supreme Court Temporarily Eases CLE Rules, Lawyers Can Get More On-Demand Credits (March 18, 2020)

Supreme Court Issues Order on Appellate Court Operations, Deadlines During Pandemic (March 18, 2020)

Federal Court Developments

Judiciary Provides Public, Media Access to Electronic Court Proceedings (April 3, 2020)

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Other U.S. Court Orders and Updates

Government Orders

State of Wisconsin Executive Orders Page

Audit and Collection Relief Related to COVID-19 - proposed guidance document – March 27, 2020

Gov. Evers Emergency Order 12: Safer at Home Order – March 24, 2020

Gov. Evers Emergency Order 9: Order to the Department of Corrections – March 20, 2020

Gov. Evers Emergency Order 8: Updated Mass Gathering Ban – March 20, 2020

Gov. Evers Emergency Order 7: Order to the Department of Workforce Development Regarding Unemployment Insurance​ – ​March 18, 2020

Gov. Evers Emergency Order 6: Order Restricting the Size of Child Care Settings – ​March 18, 2020

Gov. Evers Emergency Order 5: Order Prohibiting Mass Gatherings of 10 People or More – March 17, 2020

Gov. Evers Emergency Order 1: Order for Statewide School Closure – March 13, 2020

Executive Order 72, Relating to Declaring a Health Emergency in Response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus – March 12, 2020

State of Wisconsin Press Releases

State of Wisconsin Press Releases Page

Gov. Evers Directs DHS to Issue Safer at Home Order – March 24, 2020

Gov. Evers Suspends Utility Rules and Allows for Additional Consumer Protections​ –​ March 22, 2020​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Gov. Evers Announces New Order Relating to Department of Public Instruction​ –​ March 22, 2020​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Gov. Evers Urges Wisconsinites to Stay Home​ –​ March 21, 2020​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Gov. Evers Announces Federal Approval for Disaster Loans for Small Businesses​ – March 20, 2020​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Gov. Evers, DHS Announce Updated Mass Gatherings Order​ –​ March 20, 2020​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Gov. Evers Urges the Public to Help Keep Our Healthcare Workers Safe​ –​ March 19​​, 2020​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Gov. Evers Waives Work Search and Modifies Availability Requirements for Unemployment Benefits​ – March 18​​, 2020​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Gov. Evers Orders Scaling Down of all Child Care Settings​​ –​ March 18​​, 2020​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Gov. Evers Submits Request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance for Small Wisconsin Businesses​​ –​ March 18​​, 2020​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Gov. Evers Directs DHS to Limit Gatherings t​​​o Less Than 10 to Slow Spread of COVID-19​​ – March 17​​, 2020​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Gov. Evers Directs DHS to Mandate Statewide Closure of All K-12 Wisconsin Schools​​ – March 13​​, 2020​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Gov. Evers Declares Public Health Emergency Due to COVID-19​ –​ March 12​​, 2020​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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