2013 WI 50


Supreme Court of Wisconsin









This order is subject to further editing and modification.  The final version will appear in the bound volume of the official reports.




No.  13-01



In the matter of petition to amend Supreme Court Rule 31.05(6).   




JUN 14, 2013


Diane M. Fremgen

Clerk of Supreme Court

Madison, WI






On January 8, 2013, the Preliminary Review Committee (PRC), Special Preliminary Review Panel (SPRP), Board of Administrative Oversight, and the Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR) filed this petition.  The petitioners request changes to Supreme Court Rule (SCR) 31.05(6) to provide continuing legal education credit to lawyer members of the PRC and SPRP.

The court initially discussed this petition at its rules conference on February 28, 2013.  The court agreed unanimously to solicit public comment and to schedule the matter for further discussion at an upcoming rules conference.  The court solicited public comment by letter on March 19, 2013.  Comments were received from the State Bar of Wisconsin, Washington County Circuit Court Judge James G. Pouros, and the Legislative Reference Bureau.  The Board of Bar Examiners indicated it does not oppose this petition.  The court discussed the matter again at its rules conference on April 12, 2013, and agreed to adopt the petition, pending receipt of final comments.  No comments opposing the petition were received. 

IT IS ORDERED that, effective the date of this order, Supreme Court Rule 31.05(6) is amended as follows:

SCR 31.05 (6) Each hour of service on the office of lawyer regulation preliminary review committee, special preliminary review panel, district committee or as an office of lawyer regulation special investigator may be used to satisfy the requirements of SCR 31.02, to a maximum of 3.0 hours of legal ethics and professional responsibility credit per reporting period, provided that the office of lawyer regulation maintains a roster verifying service and provides the roster to the board if requested.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that notice of this amendment of SCR 31.05(6) be given by a single publication of a copy of this order in the official publications designated in SCR 80.01, including the official publishers' online databases, and on the Wisconsin court system's web site.  The State Bar of Wisconsin shall provide notice of this order.

Dated at Madison, Wisconsin, this 14th day of June, 2013.






Diane M. Fremgen

Clerk of Supreme Court