The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy”
Dane County Courthouse
Monday May 1, 2017

The DCBA is also soliciting nominations for pro bono awards to be given at the May 1 Pro Bono Breakfast.  The names of the nominees will also be submitted to the Wisconsin Bar for statewide pro bono awards. 

The DCBA Law for the Public Committee is seeking attorneys interested in talking to high-school-aged students about their legal careers and practice!  Dane County education professionals and community organization staff have contacted the DCBA looking for attorneys to talk to their classrooms and afterschool activities.  Most talks are under an hour and entail a brief presentation about what the attorney does, followed by a question and answer session facilitated by the host. 

John R. “Jack” Sweeney is the 2016 recipient of the “Harvey L. Wendel Service Award,” given to a member of DCBA who has demonstrated exemplary service to the legal profession and community. The award is named in honor of its first recipient, Harvey Wendel, pictured here with Jack.  Jack has served on the DCBA Board almost continuously for the past more than 25 years and was the Association President in 2006-07.  He is currently co-chair of the Joseph Melli Mentorship Program

Wisconsin’s new circuit court electronic filing rule went into effective on July 1.  E-Filing is currently voluntary in Dane County with no schedule date to move to mandatory. Dodge and Ozaukee are the first two counties with mandatory e-filing in the state and 10 other counties are scheduled to be mandatory by September 15.

Carlo Esqueda, the Dane County Clerk of Circuit Court, has requested that DCBA pass along the following information regarding e-Filing cases in Dane County Circuit Court. Click to continue.

The Dane County Bar Association annually makes funds available for distribution to projects which have one of three purposes:

  1. Increasing the availability of legal services to low income individuals;
  2. Educating members of the public on their rights and responsibilities under the law; or
  3. Improving the legal resources available in Dane County to lawyers and the public.

Nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies providing services in Dane County are eligible to apply for funding.  

Dane County Basic Estate Planning Clinic is a program to help low-income seniors and veterans prepare basic estate planning documents.

 

The Law for the Public Committee kicked off its Your Life, Your Rights Program with a presentation at La Follette High School by the Honorable C. William Foust and Dane County Assistant Corporation Counsel Eve Dorman. The Your Life, Your Rights Program brings teams of volunteer lawyers and judges into classrooms to help educate high school students about their legal rights and responsibilities.

The Dane County Bar Association’s Delivery of Legal Service Committee is pleased to announce its annual Pro Bono Breakfast.  The breakfast is an opportunity for Dane County Lawyers to come together and celebrate the importance of pro bono work in our community.  The DCBA will present its annual pro bono awards for outstanding service to the Dane County community.  The DCBA is pleased to welcome UW Law Professor and current State Bar of Wisconsin President Ralph Cagle as our speaker.  DETAILS

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