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    Membership & Benefits

    Learn more about the benefits available to you as a State Bar member and how to maintain your preferred membership status.

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    Legal Research

    With our legal research tools, the information you need is at your fingertips. Members of the State Bar who are in good standing have free access to FastCase. From the same search page, you can also search Books Unbound, our website, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine, Wisconsin Case Law and more.​

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    What's Keeping You Up at Night? Help is as close as your phone or computer, thanks to Practice411 - the State Bar of Wisconsin's Law Office Management Assistance Program. From integrating your technology to assisting with trust accounting, and from getting and keeping clients to operations management, Practice411 can help improve your office's effectiveness ... and your quality of life.

    Practice and Legal Forms| Lending Library| Online Resources| Free Practice Consultations| Practice411 E-List| Law Practice Links| Practice411


    The Ethics Program ​provides responsive, practical advice and detailed guidance in navigating Wisconsin's Rules for Professional Conduct for Attorneys. Through the ethics hotline, members can informally and confidentially discuss ethics questions by telephone with the State Bar's ethics counsel Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Written guidance is also available through Wisconsin Ethics Opinions. The Ethics Program can also help in other ways by reviewing your fee agreement or providing a speaker for your CLE event. 

    Advice and Information| Opinions| LLC Firm Registration| Rules| Trust & Fiduciary Accounts| Ethics FAQs


    State Bar groups consist of Sections, Committees and Divisions. You will also find information about the Board of Governors in this area. Together these groups provide a wide range of opportunities for professional development while also helping to improve the administration of justice and the practice of law in Wisconsin. They offer a great way to get involved with your State Bar. Please note that some content may only be open to members of a particular group.

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    Pro Bono

    Whether you are an experienced volunteer lawyer or just getting started, we assembled these resources to help you find a way to help. In our Pro Bono resource center, you can look for volunteer opportunities in your area using our searchable directory, learn about benefits for volunteers, find about how to make a donation and much more.​

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    Lawyer Referral Programs

    The Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) matches participating attorneys with clients who are pre-screened for legal issue, geographic location, and ability to pay the attorney's regular rates. LRIS also provides information on legal resources statewide. Callers may also be directed to one of our other services: Lawyer Hotline or Modest Means. Lawyer Hotline provides brief answers to basic legal questions. The Modest Means service matches qualified clients with attorneys willing to make alternative fee arrangements for clients whose income is too high to qualify for free legal aid but too low to afford standard legal fees.

    Lawyer Hotline| LRIS| Modest Means

    Wisconsin Lawyers Assistance Program (WisLAP)

    Research suggests that legal professionals sacrifice self-care for their job which often leads to dissatisfaction in their professional and personal life, and often at the expense of their health and well-being (Wisconsin Task Force Report, 2021)?. If the demands of practicing law start to affect your personal time, energy levels, and mental health, give yourself permission to contact the Wisconsin Lawyers Assistance Program (WisLAP).

    The Lawyers Assistance Program offers confidential well-being support to lawyers, judges, and law students. WisLAP staff are available for phone and in-person consultations, self-care retreats, mental health trainings, onsite office hours and well-being presentations. Additionally, WisLAP trained volunteers are available for individualized peer-to-peer support upon request. 

    The Lawyers Assistance Program aims to develop a culture within the Wisconsin legal community that fosters work-life balance, and destigmatizes mental illness and substance use disorders. WisLAP services are free and available to everyone in the legal community.​

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    Get Involved

    The State Bar is your organization. We depend on volunteers like you to develop and guide all the benefits and services that are available through the State Bar. Make the State Bar your own. Get involved today.

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    Overall leadership of the State Bar of Wisconsin is provided by the Board of Governors. ​The Board of Governors manages and directs the affairs and activities of the organization. The board appoints members of its committees, including the Executive, Finance, Strategic Planning and the Audit Committees.

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    Wisconsin Law Foundation

    ​The Wisconsin Law Foundation is a charitable and educational organization that serves to promote public understanding of the law, improvement of the administration of justice and other law-related public service through funding of innovative and creative programs that improve the vision of the American justice system.

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    Client Protection / Fee Disputes

    ​The State Bar of Wisconsin's Fee Arbitration Program was developed to provide an informal and economical alternative to litigation for lawyers and clients who are unable to agree upon a fee charged for legal services.

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