Monthly Archives: June 2013

A Good Year for the Dane County Bar Association

June 1 is here and Lis Shea is the new president of the Dane County Bar Association! While I am sad to see my term end, I can assure you that the Bar is in great hands with Lis at the helm. She is organized, smart, creative, a good listener, and, most of all, she is dedicated to making the DCBA the best it can be.

This year (the DCBA fiscal year is from June 1 through May 31), the DCBA, by the hard work of its committee and section chairs and members made numerous advancements to the Association for the benefit of its members, the legal community, and the community at large. Here are some of the most notable accomplishments:

• Joseph A. Melli Mentorship Program launches its 6th year with 70 mentee/mentor participants (September 2012)
• Law for the Public Committee launches a Jury Outreach Program in conjunction with the Chief Justice’s Courts Connecting with Communities initiative (September 2012)
• Bob and Le Jordan’s 20th Anniversary of being the Bar’s executive coordinators (October 2012)
• Judicial Selection Committee rewrites poll and has largest response turnout in years (Spring 2013)
• Newly designed and user friendly DCBA website (May 1, 2013)
• Law Day celebration includes keynote address by Judge Colás, three free CLEs for DCBA members, mock trials with juries made up of middle school and Madison College paralegal students, and a well attended pro-bono fair (May 1, 2013)
• The Program Committee hosts an outstanding Electronic Discovery Summit (May 10, 2013)
• First time Largest voter turnout for officer positions in at least 20 years (May 2013)
• Long Range Planning and Membership Committees begin comprehensive review of the Bar’s governance structure and plans for the future
• Relationship between DCBA and the UW-Madison Law School continues to grow and become stronger
• Case Mediation Program continues to be a “best buy” and a wonderful resource to resolve disputes
• History and Memorial Committee generates revenue for Bar through the sale of its Lawyers Who Shaped Dane County book published in May 2012
• ‘Fridays at 4’ socials help build camaraderie amongst members of the Bar and gives old and new friends a great opportunity to meet. Thank you for all those firms that hosted!

Congratulations to Sarah Zylstra, David Friedman, and Janice Wexler on their election as president-elect, treasurer, and director-at-large, respectively.

As president, I was able to work alongside many of you to make Dane County a better place to practice law and to live. My belief that Dane County has the best judges, attorneys, and court personnel has only been strengthened during this past year.

I strongly encourage each of you to get involved in DCBA section/committee work. Numerous opportunities exist to make a difference. My involvement in the DCBA has enriched my experience as an attorney and has introduced me to so many wonderful attorneys, commissioners, judges, justices, and court personnel. Serving as president of the DCBA is a great honor, and it is an experience I will take with me wherever I go in life.

Thank you for allowing me to be your president.

All the Best,

Josh Kindkeppel