Board of Governors District Elections 2016

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Candidates for Board of Governors

District 2 (five vacancies)

District 4 (one vacancy)

  • Jeffrey R. Wisnicky, Kewaunee County Corporation Counsel, Kewaunee, Northern Illinois University 2003

District 6 (two vacancies)

District 8 (one vacancy)

District 9 (four vacancies)

District 10 (one vacancy)

District 12 (one vacancy)

District 14 (one vacancy)

District 16 (one vacancy)

  • William Drengler, Drengler Law Firm, Wausau, Marquette 1976
  • Amanda J. Ley, State Public Defenders Office, Wausau, Washington College of Law, American University 2011

More about the candidates...

District 2

ERIC L. ANDREWS of Milwaukee. Marquette University, J.D. 2012. Crivello Carlson, S.C., Milwaukee. Member American Bar Association, State Bar of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Bar Association, Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, Wisconsin Defense Counsel, Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers (“WAAL”), Defense Research Institute. Member of Diversity and Inclusion Oversight Committee. WAAL’s Liaison to the Board of Governors. Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club Board Member.

KAREN M. BAUER of Milwaukee. University of Wisconsin, J.D., 2009. Karen is a consumer protection attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee. She is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and the National Association of Consumer Advocates. Her practice focuses on litigation of consumer rights, including those of student loan debtors. She has written articles for the Wisconsin Lawyer and has taught CLE courses on student loan repayment, and currently sits on the New Lawyers Challenges Committee, helping to address the concerns of new lawyers about student loan debt issues. She is the current Chair of the Public Interest Law Section, and has been a member of the Section’s board since 2010. Karen served three terms on the Young Lawyers Division Board ending in 2013, and was a founder of the Marathon County Bar Young Lawyers Division. She volunteers as a Wisconsin Lawyers Assistance Program peer assistant and monitor, and has served on the WisLAP Committee since 2013. Karen was named the Young Lawyers Division Outstanding Young Lawyer in 2014.​

JOHN A. BIRDSALL of Milwaukee. Attorney John A. Birdsall has distinguished himself as one of Wisconsin’s top trial attorneys having successfully defended dozens of individuals accused of serious felonies. Formerly associated with the Milwaukee law firm of Borgelt, Powell, Peterson and Frauen, S.C., and former head of the Criminal Defense Division for one of the largest minority owned firms in the nation, Gonzalez, Saggio, Birdsall & Harlan, L.L.P., Attorney Birdsall currently is the President of Birdsall Law Offices, S.C. located in downtown Milwaukee. Attorney John A. Birdsall has extensive experience in state and federal courts including reversals of felony convictions in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Attorney Birdsall received a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School where he was named to the Dean’s List. Birdsall Law Offices, S.C. serves clients statewide and in both federal districts and is dedicated to the defense of the wrongly accused, exposing government corruption and coercion and vigorously upholding the fundamental freedoms of the Bill of Rights.

John A. Birdsall Campaign Statement

Attorney John A. Birdsall has been an active board member of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin for 20 years and has contributed his expertise in criminal law as an important voice on the Board of Governors. With his background in criminal defense litigation, he has offered his unique perspective for Wisconsin’s Second Chance legislation, expungement, and a re-write of the criminal procedure code. He hopes to continue this work with the Board for another term as a governor.

ANDREW J. CHEVREZ of Milwaukee. University of Wisconsin-Madison, J.D. 1994. Solo practitioner. Member, State Bar of Wisconsin, State Bar Board of Governors, District 2 Governor (2014-present), (2013-14), (2004-06), State Bar Executive Committee (2014-present), (2004-05), Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association liaison to the BOG (2001-2004). Diversity and Outreach Oversight Committee (2014-present), State Bar Consumer Information and Protection Committee (1996-2004), Vice-Chairperson (2002-04), Unauthorized Practice of Law Policy Committee (2005-13), Chairperson (2011-13), Local Bar Relations Committee (1999-2001), Multidisciplinary Practice Commission (2001-03), State Bar Diversity Task Force (2013). Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association, President (1996-97), Treasurer (1995-96), Milwaukee Bar Association, Director (2000-03), MBA Community Relations Committee (2000-04). Fluent in Spanish.

JILL M KASTNER of Milwaukee. UW-Oshkosh, 1997; UCLA School of LAW, JD, 2000. Staff attorney at Legal Action of Wisconsin working with the Center for Veterans Issues on the Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) Program to provide free civil legal services to veterans at risk of homelessness. Jill has worked with Legal Action since 2009. Prior to that, she worked at Reinhart, Boerner Van Deuren in Milwaukee and McDermott, Will & Emery in the Silicon Valley. Jill currently serves as Chair of the State Bar Board of Governors (BOG); BOG Member 2012-15; Young Lawyers Division President (progressive term – 2009-12). Jill also serves as Chair of the Community Outreach Committee of the Association for Women Lawyers (AWL), organizing charitable events and volunteer opportunities, such as with Habitat for Humanity and Hunger Task Force. Jill lives in Glendale, WI with her husband and two children.

Jill M. Kastner Campaign Statement

These are challenging times for the profession – particularly our youngest lawyers. That is why it is so important that the State Bar and its leaders remain focused on effectively and efficiently using its resources to help its members be better lawyers and meet the challenges facing the profession. This means focusing on Member Services, Member Education, and Pro Bono/Public Service.

For nearly a decade, I’ve served on various State Bar committees and boards – this year serving as Chair of the Board of Governors (BOG). I started with the Young Lawyers Division (YLD), serving as Treasurer and President. While with the YLD, we started the Wills for Heroes program to provide free basic wills for first responders. Wills for Heroes not only gave volunteers a very fulfilling pro bono experience, but it also provided free estate planning training and CLE for volunteers. While President-elect of the YLD, I also chaired the committee that developed the first Young Lawyers Leadership Conference—now an annual event providing leadership training and CLEs for young lawyers. When I transitioned to the Board of Governors (a nice way of saying “got too old for the YLD”), I worked on committees dealing with important issues such as Unauthorized Practice of Law and Strategic Planning. While Strategic Planning may not sound glamorous, this committee develops the priorities for the State Bar and ensures that those priorities are being implemented effectively. This past year, we created a joint committee between Strategic Planning and Finance for the specific purpose of reviewing the work and expenditures of each of the state bar’s committees, divisions and commissions to eliminate duplication and/or inefficiency and ensure that every dues dollar being spent went to a cost-effective, results-driven programs benefiting members.

If elected to the Board, I plan to continue my work ensuring that the State Bar remain focused on serving its members. This means:

  • keeping and improving current programs that are highly valued by members, such as the Ethics Hotline and LOMAP;
  • eliminating or replacing programs that have run their course or no longer provide high value to members;
  • keeping up-to-date on challenges to the profession and developing CLE and other programs to help members compete and meet these challenges;
  • promoting diversity and inclusion;
  • supporting programs that help struggling young lawyers;
  • promoting pro bono and public service opportunities for members that focus on helping the poorest and most vulnerable members our community;
  • fighting against the unauthorized practice of law; and
  • improving the administration of justice.

And yes, this also means keeping an eye on the bottom line to ensure the proper balance between the benefits offered and costs to members, whether as a user fee or as part of annual dues.

JILL KASTNER is a staff attorney at Legal Action of Wisconsin, working with the Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) program providing free civil legal services to qualifying veterans facing homelessness. She lives in Glendale, WI with her husband and two children.

RANDY L. NASH of Milwaukee.  University of Wisconsin Law School - J.D. 1979.  Partner at O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C. in Milwaukee, WI.  Member of the American, Wisconsin and Milwaukee Bar Associations.  Past Member and Chair of the Media-Law Relations Committee and the Professionalism Committee of the State Bar.  Past Member of the Wisconsin Assistance to Lawyers Committee.  He frequently represents businesses and individuals in litigation.  He served for 5 years as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Marquette University Law School teaching trial advocacy, wrote a chapter in the Contract Law in Wisconsin State Bar book, and annual supplements.  He has been certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Specialist, is a Fellow in Litigation Counsel of America, and a Fellow in the Wisconsin Law Foundation, and has been named one of Wisconsin’s top 100 litigation lawyers by the American Society of Legal Advocates.  He volunteers for the Milwaukee Justice Center.

Randy L. Nash Campaign Statement​

I have been an active member of the State Bar of Wisconsin since 1979. While much has changed since then, lawyers expect and even anticipate change. The organized Bar is very important to the practice of law. The organized bar helps us see beyond our day-to-day efforts at practicing law. It binds us together. The Bar’s priorities should be service to its members and to the broader public. We should advise the legislature and government and be advocates for our clients. We should consider and protect constitutional and civil rights. The Bar should engage in additional efforts to inform and educate lawyers, present better, more economical continuing legal education and try to better address the needs of all of the Bar’s membership. While the Bar faces significant financial pressures, it still needs to promote understanding and collegiality among the membership. Our word should be our bond at all times. The organized Bar should promote professionalism, care and integrity. We should seek to be respected in the community, with the desire to leave a true legacy to the next generation of lawyers.

RENEE RUFFIN NAWROCKI of Milwaukee. Marquette University, J.D. 2010. She is an attorney at Diane S. Diel, S.C., in Milwaukee. Her practice focuses on family law. She represents her clients in traditional litigation and the collaborative process. She also serves as a mediator and a Guardian ad Litem. She is a current member of the Board of Governors, appointed in 2015. Presently, she sits on the Board of Governors’ Strategic Planning Committee and has been appointed as the Board’s liaison to the Elder Law Section Board of Directors. She is also a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin; the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Leadership Development Committee (Chair 2015-2016); the Milwaukee Bar Association (Family Law Section Co-Chair 2015-2016); the Association of Women Lawyers (Assistant Director of Programs 2013-present); the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin (Public Education Committee Member 2011-present); the Society of Family Lawyers; and the Leander J. Foley, Jr. Matrimonial Chapter of the American Inns of Court. She serves her community as a legal volunteer at the Milwaukee Justice Center.

AMY E. WOCHOS of Milwaukee. EDUCATION: University of Wisconsin- Madison, B.A. (1991) with honors, J.D. (1996) cum laude. PRACTICE: Legal Counsel – Courts, Milwaukee County Clerk of Circuit Court Office, currently in Administration (2014-present), previously in the Probate Division (2011-2014), and the Milwaukee Justice Center (2007-2011); Piper & Schmidt, 1996-2007. PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: State Bar of Wisconsin: Board of Governors, 2007-2012, 2014-present (chair of Board Policy Committee, 2011-12), Executive Committee, 2007-2008; Client Protection Fund Committee, 2008-present (Chair, 2012-2014); Representative to the Judicial Council (2013-present); Young Lawyers Division (YLD), president, 2006-2007, YLD board member, 1998-2008; Convention Committee, 2007-2008. American Bar Association: House of Delegates, 2003-04, YLD Member Service team, 2002-03, YLD Public Service team, 2003-04, YLD Professional Development team, 2004-05, YLD Meetings Coordinator, 2005-06. Milwaukee Bar Association: Committee on Legal Access (formerly LSIC), 2007-present (currently Chair); Milwaukee Justice Center Steering Committee, 2007-present. Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic, Advisory Board member (2015-present). UW-Milwaukee: Lecturer, Political Science Department (Law and Society, Constitutional Law), 2003-2012.

District 4

JEFFREY R. WISNICKY of Kewaunee. Northern Illinois University College of Law, J.D., 2003. Kewaunee County Corporation Counsel / Assistant District Attorney. Member State Bar of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Association of Corporation Counsels, Kewaunee County Bar Association. Previously served as President of Kewaunee Area Scholarships, Inc. and Board Member of the Violence Intervention Project of Kewaunee County.

District 6

KIMBERLY K. HAINES of Waukesha. Marquette University, J.D., 1990. Senior Attorney, Waukesha County Corporation Counsel, 2012-present. Kimberly K. Haines, J.D., S.C., Delafield 1999-2012. Admitted to practice in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Member: State Bar of Wisconsin, Waukesha County Bar Association. Member of Waukesha County Bar Association Real Estate Section 2003-present, Probate and Estate Planning Section 2007-2014 and Municipal Law Section 2013-present. Board Governor of District 6, Board of Governors of State Bar of Wisconsin, 2009-2013, 2014-2016. Executive Committee member 2015-2016. Board of Governors’ Liaison to Waukesha County Bar Association. Former Chair of Challenges to the Profession Board of Governors’ Committee. Former Board of Governors’ Liaison to Law Office Management Section, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section and Employment Law Section of State Bar of Wisconsin. Secretary and Board Member of Stillwaters Cancer Support Services, Inc. Former Board Member of Kettle Moraine School District and President of Kettle Moraine Education Foundation.

Kimberly K. Haines Campaign Statement

I desire to be re-elected to serve on the Board of Governors to represent my colleagues in District 6, to advocate for government lawyers throughout the state and to enrich my career.

I have had the privilege to be elected to the Board of Governors in 2009, 2012 and 2014. During my terms, the Board of Governors has advanced new initiatives. When “working committees” of the Board of Governors were created, I served as Chair of the Challenges to the Profession Board Committee and member of the Advancement Committee. In 2011-2012, I served on the Strategic Planning Committee where I was involved with the complete reorganization of its role and method of operation, as well as, the creation of new goals to advance the organization. In 2015-2016, I have served on the Governance Committee. This committee is working on revising the Supreme Court rules that govern the State Bar, as well as, revising the State Bar Bylaws.

After twenty-two years in private practice, I joined the Waukesha County Corporation Counsel in December, 2012. Now that I have experienced both diverse career paths, this transition has been a great opportunity for me to understand how to provide better benefits and services for both government lawyers and solo and small firm practitioners. The Government Lawyers Division has a very different perspective of the State Bar’s role than the private bar of solo and small firm attorneys, and it is imperative that the State Bar be relevant, useful, purposeful and functional to all sectors of attorneys.

Another vital concern is how to better assist new lawyers in the practice areas that they choose to pursue. Throughout my career, I have had many wonderful mentors and now wish to “pay it forward”. Having been a small business owner, private practice attorney and government lawyer, I strive to equip new attorneys with the tools they need to be successful professionally and personally.

Upon re-election to the Board of Governors, I will be able to achieve my goals. I will be in a position to promote programs that will assist lawyers to practice more successfully in all aspects of the profession and advocate for their needs. As a result, I will have made a difference which enriches me professionally.

Please vote for me for District 6 Governor in April.

TIMOTHY T. KAY of Oconomowoc. Marquette University, J.D. 1984. Kay & Kay Law Firm, Brookfield, General Practice. Member: Waukesha Bar Association. State Bar of Wisconsin, General Practice Section, Municipal and Government Law Section, and previously served on the Membership Committee. Currently serves as Municipal Judge for Lake Country Municipal Court with jurisdiction over 17 municipalities, the largest multi-jurisdictional court in the state. Previously served as municipal prosecutor for Village of Nashotah, Village of Oconomowoc Lake, and Town of Oconomowoc for Lake Country. Successfully appeared on petitions for review to the Supreme Court. Member: Oconomowoc Area Foundation, Advisory Board and Signature Club Member; Brookfield Chamber of Commerce, Past Board Member and Past Legal Counsel; Legal Counsel to Law Enforcement Chaplains of Waukesha County; Okauchee Lake Sailing Club Board (Past President); Youth Football Board (Past President); Oconomowoc Sports Booster Club (3 Term Past President and recipient of Booster of the Year 2015). Lecturer / Speaker / Presenter: “Highway to Heroin,” “Life after High School.” Judge for Wisconsin High School Junior Mock Trials. Tim Kay has been in private practice for 32 years with offices in Oconomowoc and Brookfield. Married to Susan Kay and two adult children.

Timothy T. Kay Campaign Statement

First of all, I would like to thank Atty. Sarah Ponath for her years of service representing the 6th District and the Waukesha County Bar on the State Bar Board of Governors.

I would like to continue that tradition and I believe I will bring a unique perspective to the State Bar as a member of the municipal court judiciary, managing partner of a general practice law firm, and as a business owner.

Secondly, I believe we need to seek a pathway for diversity and inclusion of all members within the State Bar.

Lastly, I would like to continue the excellent programs sponsored by the State Bar, while maintaining bar dues at the current level.

District 8

DEANNE M. KOLL of Menomonie. Deanne is an attorney and shareholder at Bakke Norman, S.C. with offices in New Richmond and Menomonie. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, summa cum laude (2003) and her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law, magna cum laude (2006). From 2007-2013, Deanne was a board member with the Young Lawyers Division, served on the State Bar Bench and Bar Committee from 2010 to 2013 and was appointed by the State Bar Present to the Finance Committee for 2014-2015. Deanne is the current Board of Governors for District 8. Deanne was elected in 2015 to serve as the Young Lawyer delegate for Wisconsin to the American Bar Association House of Delegates. Deanne has authored articles published in the Wisconsin Lawyer, Law Practice Today (ABA), The Young Lawyer (ABA), Real Estate Litigation Newsletter (ABA) and also co-authors and edits a portion of the Wisconsin Attorney’s Desk Reference, published by the State Bar of Wisconsin. Wisconsin SuperLawyers has recognized Deanne as a “Rising Star” every year since 2010 and she was selected as an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by the Wisconsin Law Journal in 2009. She is licensed to practice in both Wisconsin and Minnesota.

District 9

KATHLEEN CHUNG of Madison. Attorney Chung has been an Assistant General Counsel for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation since 2007, where her legal work involves railroad regulatory and transactional law, construction contracting and bidding, labor/employment and government law, and all other general counsel duties. Prior to her current position, Attorney Chung litigated daily as an Assistant Public Defender serving low-income criminal defendants for seven years in the Milwaukee Trial office. While at Marquette University Law School, Attorney Chung participated in the State Bar’s Minority Clerkship program in 1999, and has been an engaged volunteer for the bar’s efforts to promote diversity. Kathy grew up in Madison, and graduated from Madison West High School. While a UW undergraduate, she served as WSA Women’s Affairs Director under the Noel Radomski Fan Club, and volunteered for years at the Women’s Transit Authority (a nighttime safe-ride program). Today, she volunteers for State Bar High School Mock Trial and We the People competitions, and serves the SBW as Past President of the GLD, and formerly as Clerkship of the Diversity Clerkship Program Chair. She volunteers in her community with Madison Urban Ministry, and the Porchlight Homeless Meals program.

Kathleen Chung Campaign Statement

As a government lawyer, and having practiced in Madison and Milwaukee, I seek to represent the interests of our members and their clients with consideration and broad perspective. I will bring a careful eye to proposals that impact our pocketbooks and practices, and will support diversity, new lawyers, and the bar’s agility in the future.

CATHERINE DORL of Madison. Ms. Dorl is a 1994 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. She has been an attorney with the Wisconsin Office of the State Public Defender since 1995. She has served as an Assistant State Public Defender, a Regional Supervisor, and Trial Division Director. She is currently an Attorney Manager in the Madison Trial Office of the State Public Defender. Ms. Dorl is the chair-elect of the State Bar Criminal Law Section Board and is completing her first term on the State Bar Board of Governors.

ANTHONY J. GRAY of Madison. Anthony is the President & CEO of the Institute for Global Ethics in Madison, WI (, an independent, nonsectarian, nonpartisan, global think-tank dedicated to promoting ethical action in a global context. Anthony is also an attorney, speaker, and counselor. Prior to his current roles, Anthony served as the Global Compliance Officer and Chief Ethics & Compliance Official for a multi-national aerospace company and provided executive legal counsel to international corporations in multiple disciplines and industries. Anthony served as a Judicial Intern for Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and as a Distinguished Scholar at Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. He’s admitted to the practice of law in the states of Wisconsin, Connecticut, New York, and the District of Columbia. Admitted to the Federal District Courts in the Western District of Wisconsin, the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, and the District of Connecticut.

Anthony J. Gray Campaign Statement

I have served the State Bar of Wisconsin in many roles, most recently by serving on the State Bar of Wisconsin Board of Governors representing District 9. I attended the UW Law School, then practiced on the East Coast, and am now raising my family in Madison while directing a non-profit organization. During each of these phases of my career, I have remained active in the State Bar of Wisconsin.

This geographic diversity has allowed me to serve The State Bar of Wisconsin in a number of interesting capacities. These include serving on the Board of the Nonresident Lawyers Division, President-Elect of the Nonresident Lawyers Division, President of the Nonresident Lawyers Division, the State Bar of Wisconsin Board of Governors “BOG,” the Executive Committee of the BOG, both the Governance and Strategic Planning Committees of the BOG, and as an elected Governor from District 9.

I would very much like to continue my service to the legal profession and to the lawyers in District 9, specifically. I would be very grateful if you would consider re-electing me as your District 9 BOG representative.

CHRISTOPHER B. HUGHES of Madison. Education and Professional. Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana (J.D., 1993, cum laude). Managing Partner, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP. Member American Bar Association, State Bar of Wisconsin, Dane County Bar Association. Co-author, municipal law chapter, State Bar of Wisconsin’s Annual Survey of Wisconsin Law. (1997-present). Community Involvement. Gathering Waters, Wisconsin’s Alliance for Land Trusts (Current Board Member and Past-President). Natural Heritage Land Trust (Past Board and Executive Committee Member). Personal. Married, Mary T. Hughes. Two children, Sam (21) and Noah (19).

Christopher B. Hughes Campaign Statement

I have practiced law in Madison for almost 23 years and look forward to the opportunity to contribute to the State Bar by representing District Nine on the Board of Governors. Effective and efficient communication among State Bar leadership is essential to providing value to members. By effectively and efficiently communicating with its members, the State Bar will remain relevant to attorneys. Finally, the Bar must effectively and efficiently communicate to educate the public as to the important role that the bar and attorneys play in Wisconsin. The State Bar needs to trumpet its success, closely analyze its shortcomings, and fearlessly lead the profession forward. As your representative, I hope to do all of these things.

CHRISTOPHER E. ROGERS of Madison. University of Wisconsin-Madison, J.D. 1995. Environmental Law Journal, note and comment editor 1995. Borgelt, Powell, Peterson & Frauen, 1995-1998. Corneille Law Group, 1998. Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® 1999 – present (Shareholder 2004; Chair, Office Management Committee, 2012). Wisconsin State Bar, Board of Governors 2012 - Present; Executive Committee Board of Governors 2013 - Present. Board of Directors, Wisconsin Association for Justice. Vice Chair, Wisconsin State Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee. Liaison State Bar Bench/Bar Committee. Member State Bar Business Development Committee. Named Super Lawyer® 2010 – 2015 and Top 25 Madison Super Lawyers®, 2012 and 2015. Admitted, United States District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin. Member, American Bar Association, State Bar of Wisconsin, Dane County Bar Association, and Wisconsin Association for Justice. Past member, Walworth, Racine, Kenosha and Milwaukee County Bar Associations; Waunakee Youth Sports, coach 2008-2011. Prior to law school, Chris Rogers worked in a variety of positions in the field of disability rights. He worked extensively with people with disabilities in the areas of community integration, employment and job training, and was part of a local and state task force regarding disability advocacy. Chris is married to a school teacher, and has three children.

Christopher E. Rogers Campaign Statement

I am writing to ask you for your vote and continued support as your representative to the Board of Governors. The mission of the State Bar of Wisconsin is to “Improve the Administration of Justice and its delivery of legal services and to promote the professional interests of Wisconsin lawyers.” As a member of the Board of Governors, I have worked hard to focus on this mission.

Over the last year, I have been active in the following areas of the State Bar:

  • Elected, Board of Governors Executive Committee
  • Vice Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • Named, State Bar Liaison, Bench Bar Committee
  • Member, State Bar Business Development Committee

As your Board of Governors representative, I have worked hard to increase communication and understanding between the State Bar and its members. I have also strived to ensure the State Bar is more efficient overall. It is important for members to understand the role of the State Bar and to understand what it offers each individual lawyer. Equally as important is to make certain that District 9 members have a means to voice their concerns and opinions. I will continue to work to increase the awareness and use of the State Bar in all of our daily practices, and to be a voice for District 9.

If anyone has any questions regarding my candidacy, I urge you to contact me. I can be reached at (608) 255-6663 or at com crogers habush habush crogers com. I would be honored and very appreciative for the opportunity to continue my work on the Board of Governors for District 9.

District 10

JOHN T. SCHOMISCH JR. of Appleton. John practices in Appleton Wisconsin with One Law Group, S.C. John worked his way through school obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1986, and a Law Degree from Marquette University Law School in 1989. John combines his years of experience with his unique personal philosophy of "getting to know" the injured people he works with, and provides each client with a customized and streamlined representation. John represents injured people, with a primary focus on car, motorcycle, boat and wrongful death litigation. Along with his focus on personal injury and wrongful death trial work, he also accepts, workers compensation cases, real estate litigation, and insurance related cases. He also represents small business owners in litigation regarding various matters. John has served on the SBW Board of Governors as, Former District 10 Governor from 2008-2012. He has also served on the SBW Bench Bar Committee, Judicial Independence Committee, Challenges to the Profession Committee and Communications Committee. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for WAJ. He is also on the facilities committee and lectors at St. Mary Church in Appleton. He lives in Appleton with his wife, Shellie and their three children and enjoys time with his family, the outdoors, boating and motorcycling.

CHARLES (CHUCK) STERTZ of Appleton. Practice: Assistant District Attorney in Outagamie County, Wisconsin. (2009-present). Education: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (BA 2002); University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D. 2009). Professional Activities: Wisconsin Judicial Council 2015-2016; Office of Lawyer Regulation, District Committee 2016-2019; Outagamie County Evidence Based Decision Making committee 2015-present; Outagamie County Mental Health Court 2013-present; Board of Governors 2015-2016; BOG Executive Committee and Strategic Planning Committee 2015-2016; President of the Young Lawyers Division 2014-2015; Young Lawyers Division board 2010-2016; Criminal Law Section board 2015-2017; New Lawyer Challenges Committee 2015-2016; Public Education Committee 2011-2013; District 17 Representative to the ABA Young Lawyer Division council 2012-2014; ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division council 2014-2018.

District 12

KELLY J. MATTINGLY of Janesville. Kelly is the Attorney Manager at the Office of the State Public Defender in Janesville. In addition to handling a challenging caseload, he supervises attorneys, investigators and support staff who provide services to Rock, Green and Lafayette Counties. Kelly attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison Law School and joined the State Public Defender’s Office as a staff attorney shortly after graduating in 1985. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin as well as the Rock County Bar Association and served on the Rock County Bench and Bar Committee from 2004 - 2012. In 2006, Kelly was appointed by the Director of State Courts to serve on the committee charged with drafting the statutes and rules necessary to implement electronic filing in the circuit courts. In 2014, Kelly was elected to represent District 12 on the State Bar’s Board of Governors and currently serves as vice chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. Additionally, Kelly serves on the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and as a member of the Drug Court Team in Rock County. Kelly and his wife, Terri, live in Janesville where they raised their 3 exceptional children. In his free time, Kelly enjoys training for and competing in endurance events.

District 14

BYRON B. CONWAY of Green Bay. Marquette University, J.D., 2002. Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, Green Bay. State Bar Board of Governors District 14 Representative 2013-present, President Brown County Bar Association 2011-2012, President Brown County Young Lawyers Association 2010, Brown County Bar Association Executive Committee 2009-2012. Member State Bar Convention and Entertainment Committee 2002-2005, American Bar Association, State Bar of Wisconsin, Brown County Bar Association, The Hon. Robert J. Parins Legal Society of Northeast Wisconsin.

District 16

WILLIAM DRENGLER of Wausau. Shawano native. BA, American University. US Senate staff & US Capitol Police officer (2 years concurrent). JD, Marquette University, 1976. Herrling, Swain & Drengler, Appleton, 1976-78; Outagamie Co. District Attorney, 1979-81; Marathon Co. Corporation Counsel, 1981-96; JAG officer, Wisconsin Army National Guard, 1989-96. Drengler Law Firm, Wausau, 1997-present. AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION, 1976-present: Solo, Small Firm & General Practice section; State & Local Government section: past chair, Committee on Government Lawyers; Bylaws Committee. STATE BAR OF WISCONSIN, 1976-present: Professionalism Committee, 1987-91, 1992-2000; Board of Governors, 1989-91; Solo & Small Firm Practice Committee, 2001-05; Bench Bar Committee, 2006-09; Government Lawyers Division: past director, secretary and president, 1982-91; Pro Bono Honor Society, 2014. WAUSAU SALVATION ARMY ADVISORY BOARD, 1986-present; past chair. KIWANIS INTERNATIONAL, 1982-present: 33 years perfect attendance award; Hixon Fellowship award, 2001; Legion of Honor, 2008; past Lt. Governor; club president. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES, past board of directors, 1991-92. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTY CIVIL ATTORNEYS, past president. Past State Equal Rights Council (5 years) & State Council on Criminal Justice (4 years). State Public Defender Board, 2006-13. WAUSAU YOUTH/LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL, past board member (19 years) & team manager. Member, parish council and Wausau Elks.

AMANDA J. LEY of Wausau. Amanda has been a Wisconsin Assistant State Public Defender for five years. Originally from Oneida County, she is a Tomahawk High School graduate. She attended UW Madison and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science in 2007. Amanda attended law school at American University Washing College of Law in Washington DC, interned for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, participated in the Women and the Law Clinical program, and graduated in 2011. During her clinical experience, Amanda discovered a passion for serving underrepresented populations and returned to Wisconsin and began practicing in Marathon County as a Staff Attorney for the State Public Defender. Amanda is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Marathon County Bar Association. She served as President of the Marathon County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers from 2014-2015. Dedicated to her community, Amanda enjoys coaching the Stratford High School Mock Trial team, mentors with Big Brothers Big Sister of Northcentral Wisconsin, and frequently volunteers at activities put on by Wausau Events. In her free time she enjoys hiking and camping and she is a proud owner of a French Bulldog named Hugo.​​​​​​​​​​​

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