Welcome to the Dane County Bar Association Homepage

Welcome to

Dane County Bar Association

Cathleen Dettmann

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.



The Dane County Bar Association’s Delivery of Legal Services committee has been working on launching a new website that can help connect Dane County residents who cannot afford market-rate legal assistance to community organizations that provide low or no-cost legal services. This referral system, titled “Community Lawyer,” assists our community members in three ways: Click title to see more.

End your week by relaxing and socializing with fellow members of the bar over refreshments and light snacks.  Fridays at 4 events are sponsored by the DCBA and hosted on a monthly basis by area law firms.  Watch for these events in the calendar of up coming events on our home page.
Would your law firm like to host a Fridays at 4 event?
Please contact Lis Shea at shea.elis@gmail.com
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, September 22, 2020 - 12:00

    Via Zoom - Link will be emaile to you on 9/21

    At noon on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, Attorney Amanda Pirt Meyer will give an overview of Social Security disability law, designed for attorneys who may not practice regularly in this area. As of August 2020, there are more than 8 million people in the country that are  receiving benefits as disabled workers, and more than 150,00 in Wisconsin. Knowing the basics of the SSD program will afford you the opportunity to better serve your recipient and applicant clients....

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 12:00

    Via Zoom

    Event descriptions will be announced soon


  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 12:00

    Via Zoom

    Event descriptions will be announced soon

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 12:00


    Event descriptions will be announced soon


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For the past several months the Co-Chairs of our Communications Committee have worked, primarily via remote meetings to design a website that reflects the esteem in wh

Kowalski Family Law seeks attorney with family litigation experience.

Organizing Sponsors

Organizing Sponsors