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State Bar Board of Governors

The State Board of Bar Governors is authorized under Supreme Court Rules Chapter 10 Adobe PDF to manage and direct the affairs of the State Bar of Wisconsin (external link). The State Bar is an association that provides continuing legal education and a variety of products and services for Wisconsin lawyers. Membership in the State Bar is mandatory for every lawyer who practices law in the state.

The mission of the State Bar is to:

Board composition

There are three seats earmarked for public members (non-lawyers) on the Board of Bar Governors. The Wisconsin Supreme Court has appointment authority to all three of these seats.

In addition, the Board of Bar Governors is composed of:

Members of the Board of Bar Governors serve two-year terms, and may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms.


The Board of Governors is required by Supreme Court rule to meet five times per year. The Board meets during the State Bar's annual conference, which is held at various locations throughout the state, and on additional dates set by the Bar president. These dates are announced no later than 30 days after the president takes office on July 1.

The State Bar reimburses the governors' expenses associated with attending the meetings.

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