Join Lawyer-Legislators for a Virtual Meet and Greet
Lawyer-legislators are a vitally important voice within our democracy. The State Bar of Wisconsin invites you to join your colleagues in a meet and greet with State Bar members who serve in the state legislature.
Summer Legislative Update
Summer has arrived in Wisconsin as the legislature works to prepare a final budget for passage. This update reviews the bills and budget priorities of the State Bar, including civil legal aid funding, expungement, and law enforcement reform.
State Senate Approves Bi-Partisan Police Reform Bills
Two packages of bills on law enforcement reform were introduced in the legislature this session. The State Bar is supporting several of these bills, some of which were recently approved by the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety.
Legislature Begins Work on Biennial Budget Proposal
This year's budget process is shaping up to be a little different than previous sessions. Gov. Relations Coordinator Cale Battles gives an update on the budget and shares ways you can reach out to your lawmakers on issues important to the legal community.
Expanding Broadband Internet Expands Access to Justice
The pandemic has forced institutions to adapt by moving more of their operations online. Wisconsin's legal system has followed suit, bringing the promise of expanded access to justice--but only if access to broadband internet becomes more widely available
Rotunda Report: Investing in Civil Legal Aid
Civil legal aid is low or no-cost civil legal assistance for those that can't afford an attorney. To ensure that all people have access to justice and to help recover from COVID-19 impacts, Wisconsin should increase investment in civil legal aid.
Take Action on Expungement Reform
Expungement reform is one of the top priorities of the State Bar of Wisconsin. Now that a bill has been introduced in the legislature on this topic, the Bar is encouraging members to reach out to their lawmakers to support this needed reform to Wisconsin'
Wisconsin Continues Role as Toss-Up State
Democrat Joe Biden is the projected winner of the 2020 Presidential contest. In State elections, Republicans gained two seats in the Senate, but lost two seats in the Assembly.
Rotunda Report Short: Expungement Reform
Nearly 1.4 million people in our state have a criminal record, many of whom have completed their sentences and successfully repaid their debts to society. Expungement can give ex-offenders a fresh start, but Wisconsin's lawmakers need to hear from you.
Rotunda Report: 2020 Legislative Session Wrap Up
Government Relations Coordinator Lynne Davis shares an overview of the Wisconsin 2020 legislative session, focusing on State Bar policy victories, section advocacy highlights, issues left unfinished or unaddressed this session, and the direction of State
Rotunda Report Live: Wills for Heroes
Pro Bono Program Manager Jeff Brown discusses the "Wills for Heroes" program, a pro bono service to provide wills and basic estate plans free of charge to first responders like police, firefighters, and EMT's.