Board of Bar Examiners
Chair: Professor Daniel D. Blinka, Milwaukee
Dan Blinka is a professor of law at Marquette University Law School where he teaches evidence, trial advocacy, advanced evidence, criminal law and procedure, legal ethics and American legal history. He also holds a doctorate in United States history and has taught history courses at Marquette and UW-Madison. He is the author of numerous books and articles on evidence law and criminal procedure. Prior to joining the faculty at Marquette, Prof. Blinka was an assistant district attorney in Milwaukee County for seven years. He has remained active as a trial lawyer and consultant.
Vice-Chair: Professor John Pray, Madison
John Pray is a clinical associate professor of law at UW Law School's Remington Center, where he's worked since 1986. Pray co-founded the Center's Innocence Project and co-directs its Criminal Appeals Project. He has litigated many cases in the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. He's a 1971 graduate of Cornell College and a 1986 graduate of UW Law School.
Mr. James Cotter, Appleton
James Cotter is a father of four children. He is a former Research Scientist at Kimberly-Clark Corporation specializing in New Product Development and the creation of Intellectual Property. He holds eight U.S. patents, assisted on USPTO Office actions. He is a member of the American Bar Association and a former Domestic Abuse and Divorce Mediator.
Hon. Charles P. Dykman, Madison
Judge Dykman is the Presiding Judge for the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District IV and was first elected to the court in 1978. Judge Dykman received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Dykman was an associate with the firm Oldenburg and Lent, and a sole practitioner. Judge Dykman has served on various judicial educational panels and at Wisconsin Judicial Conferences and has been a speaker for continuing legal education programs. He is currently a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, Dane County Bar Association, James E. Doyle Inns of Court, Legal Association for Women, and the Seventh Circuit Bar Association. Judge Dykman also enjoys sailing, gardening and teaching seed-starting and canning classes.
Atty. Kurt D. Dykstra, Holland, Michigan
Kurt Dykstra is the non-resident attorney member of the Board. He is a partner in the firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP in Holland, Michigan. His practice areas include general commercial litigation, real property, trade secret litigation, intellectual property licensing, entertainment law, and civil appeals. Prior to his current position he was an attorney in Milwaukee and a judicial clerk to the Hon. Ann Walsh Bradley, Associate Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Atty. Dykstra graduated first in his class (Summa Cum Laude) from Marquette University Law School where he was editor-in-chief of the Marquette Law Review.
Mark Fremgen is the Family Court Commissioner for Winnebago County, Wisconsin. Prior to his appointment to Family Court Commissioner he was in private practice in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for eight years practicing in criminal defense, family law and personal injury. Prior to that, he had been with the State Public Defender's Office for ten years. He was appointed to the Governor's Task Force to address changes in the OWI/OAR laws in 1995; the Fourth Judicial District Committee to address vehicle forfeiture laws in 1997; and the Fourth Judicial District Committee to address OAR sentencing guidelines in 2000. Since 1995, he has developed and presented county bar presentations in criminal law, family law, ethics, and GAL training. He received his bachelor's degree in 1987 from Marquette University and his law degree in 1990 from John Marshall Law School, in Chicago.
Attorney Kimberly Haas is Judicare's Deputy Director, Civil Unit Director and Coordinator of Judicare's Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic. Before coming to Judicare, she was a civil unit attorney at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc. in Mankato, Minnesota. Attorney Haas received B.S. degrees in Accounting and Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 1997. Attorney Haas received her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in 2000. While at Legal Services in Minnesota, Attorney Haas received Minnesota Lawyer's "Up and Coming Attorney" Award in 2004 and was recognized by the Committee Against Domestic Abuse in October 2003 for her work with domestic violence victims. Attorney Haas also coached the Cleveland High School's mock trial team for four years, and now volunteers as a judge for the Wisconsin High School Mock Trial program, sponsored by the Wisconsin State Bar Association. Attorney Haas is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and Wisconsin State Bar and is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court.
Linda F. Hoskins, Madison
Linda F. Hoskins is retired from the Madison Metropolitan School District, where she worked as an education assistant. She's been a community activist involved with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for more than 20 years. She served on the state Department of Corrections' Restorative Justice Board and as a volunteer in various capacities, including helping youth at a community center in Madison. She has an associate's degree in criminal science and has studied police science and criminal justice issues.
Hon. Kenneth L. Kutz, Siren
Judge Kutz is a circuit court judge for Burnett County. He was appointed to the bench in 2008 and elected in 2009. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Kutz was the district attorney for Burnett County from 1987-2008. He received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and his J.D. from Marquette University. In his free time, Judge Kutz enjoys drawing, painting, and photography.
Atty. W. Craig Olafsson, Wausau
Craig Olafsson practices with the Daubert Law Firm in Wasusau, concentrating in real estate and general business law. He previously served for 26 years as Assistant General Counsel at Wausau Insurance Companies. Prior to that, Craig was an in-house attorney at Pabst Brewing Company and in private practice. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Wisconsin. Mr. Olafsson holds a BBA from UW-Madison and a JD from Marquette University Law School.
Ms. Bonnie Schwid, Mequon
Bonnie Schwid is a Board Certified Forensic Document Examiner with offices in Mequon and Green Bay, Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois. She has been in private practice for 30 years, and has served as a public representative on the District 2 and 13 Committees of the Board of Attorneys Professional Responsibility. She has served two terms as a public representative to the Board of Governors of the Wisconsin State Bar as well as the Board of Attorneys Professional Responsibility. In 2008, Governor Jim Doyle appointed Ms. Schwid to the Small Business Regulatory Review Board.