Candidate for Treasurer
McCoy Leavitt Laskey LLC, Waukesha
I am honored to accept the nomination as a candidate for State Bar treasurer. I believe that diversity within the State Bar is a necessity rather than an added bonus, and that the interests of the State Bar as a whole are best served when diversity exists within the State Bar’s leadership. Diversity within the State Bar’s leadership is imperative to the formulation of new approaches and tactics to ensure that the State Bar remains financially healthy, and I am committed to bringing this approach to the State Bar if I am elected as State Bar treasurer.
After graduating from Marquette University Law School in 2012, I served on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers (WAAL) from 2012-17, including as President from 2014-15. My first encounter with State Bar leadership came through my service as WAAL’s Board of Governors Minority Bar Liaison from 2015-16. This experience not only gave me a better understanding of the inner workings of the State Bar, but it also allowed me to communicate the needs of WAAL members directly to State Bar leadership.
In 2016, I accepted a nomination from the District 2 (Milwaukee) Board of Governors contingency to finish the term of Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Hannah Dugan, who had recently won the general election and was unable to continue serving as a District 2 governor. I served as a District 2 governor from 2016-17. I presently serve on the State Bar Diversity and Inclusion Oversight Committee (2014-present) and the Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation (WisTAF) Board of Directors (2017-present), and I have been a Wisconsin Law Foundation Fellow since 2016.
However, one of the accomplishments that I am most proud of was serving as a mentor through the YMCA Sponsor-A-Scholar Mentorship Program (the Program). The Program matched mentors from the professional community with potential first generation college students. I am proud to say that my mentee, a sophomore at Riverside High School at the time I began mentoring him, is now a senior at Marquette University.
If elected State Bar treasurer, I will be diligent in ensuring that State Bar’s finances remain healthy so that the organization can best serve the needs of its members. I will achieve this task through general financial oversight of State Bar activities; participation in State Bar financial planning and budgeting activities; and advising on the State Bar’s fundraising strategies, among other things.
I am currently an associate in the Waukesha office of McCoy Leavitt Laskey LLC. I received my undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in Political Science, and my law degree from Marquette University Law School. While at Marquette Law, I served as a paralegal and law clerk for Crivello Carlson, S.C. and was a member of the Marquette Law’s Black Law Student Association.
After graduation in 2012, he began practicing as an associate attorney at Crivello Carlson, S.C. I served on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers (WAAL) from 2012-17, and was the WAAL president for the 2014-15 calendar year. I have continually been selected as a Wisconsin Super Lawyers Magazine “Rising Star” since 2016, and I also serve on the Wisconsin Defense Counsel Amicus Committee.
State Bar of Wisconsin
- Board of Governors, 2015-2017
- Diversity Inclusion and Oversight Committee, 2014-present
- Leadership Development Summit, 2015
- Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers, 2012-17
- Board of Governors Strategic Plan Joint Review Committee, 2015-17
- Board of Governors Planning Committee, 2015-17
- Civil Rights & Liberties Section Board, 2016-17
- Wisconsin Law Foundation Fellow, 2016-present
Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation
- Board Member, 2016-18
- Secretary, 2018-19
Marquette University Law School (2012)
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire (1998)
I live in Shorewood with my wife, Lindsay, our two children, Amaya (12) and Amani (4), and our orange tabby cat, Ginger. We like to call ourselves “The A Team.”