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Dane County Bar Association

Kyle Engelke

DCBA President

Welcome to the Dane County Bar Association (DCBA) website. Founded in 1858, the DCBA has been a leading bar association in Wisconsin for many years.

It features a diverse membership that includes lawyers, judges, and law students. The DCBA offers a multitude of benefits and programs, including timely and informative CLE luncheons, an award-winning mentorship program that pairs new and experienced lawyers, low-cost mediation services, and opportunities to volunteer and offer pro bono services.


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In 2006, the late Joe Melli, then-Chair of the Senior Lawyers Section, and Josh Kindkeppel, then Chair of the New Lawyers Section, joined forces to create the Dane County Mentorship Program. The Mentorship Program launched a pilot program in the fall of 2007 matching 10 mentees with 10 mentors. The Program was a success and was expanded in subsequent years. The concept of the Program is simple: match new attorneys with seasoned veterans based on an area of practice/interest.

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, February 8, 2022 - 12:00

    Zoom webinar

    At 12:00 noon on Tuesday, February 8th,  by Zoom webinar, Attorneys Shabnam Lotfi, Grant Sovern, and Erin Barbato will teach a CLE focusing on immigration law. They will provide a general overview of immigration law and how it relates to family law, criminal law, and employment-based law. They will also discuss ways to get involved in pro bono work to support the local immigrant community and the arrival of people seeking refuge from Afghanistan in Wisconsin.

  • Tuesday, February 22, 2022 - 12:00

    Zoom webinar

    Applications in Discovery and Investigations

    At 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22nd,  by Zoom webinar, Brian Chase of ArcherHall will present a CLE on the latest in cellphone forensics and the use of cellphone data in discovery and litigation. Cellphones represent one of the fastest-changing areas of legal practice. Mobile device evidence is more important than ever, thanks to the rapid evolution of the technology and the way this evidence is treated by the courts.


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