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Dane County Bar Association

Travis West

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

  • Thursday, September 29, 2022 - 12:00

    At 12:00 noon on Thursday, September 29, Attorney Fred Wade will present an analysis of the American Concept of Liberty: What It Is and Why It Matters. He will point out that the American Revolution was inspired by a particular concept of liberty that has largely been overlooked, despite the fact that it is the basis for grants of legislative power to the Congress of the United States, and to the legislatures of the 50 states.

  • Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 12:00

    Madison Club

    Please join us at noon on Thursday, October 13, for a presentation by Attorney Nick Watt on Wisconsin’s comprehensive changes to its Uniform Limited Liability Company Law (LLC).

  • Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 12:00

    Madison Club

    Please join us on at noon on Thursday, October 27th, for a presentation by Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge Brian Blanchard. Writing and editing an appellate brief against deadline pressures is challenging. The product of your hard work is typically first read by judges relatively quickly, to get an idea of likely results.  Later, the briefs are scrutinized on a sentence-by-sentence basis. Given those dynamics, how can you make your briefs more reliable and persuasive? What are common pitfall...


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