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Poll: Do you support the Board of Governor’s decision to move the State Bar Convention to Wisconsin Dells in 2011, rather than Madison or Milwaukee?

Do you support the Board of Governor’s decision to move the State Bar Convention to Wisconsin Dells in 2011, rather than Madison or Milwaukee?

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  1. I voted against this proposal because it harms Milwaukee area lawyers. Not one other member of the Milwaukee delegation voted against it. Only California-based nonresident governor Ted Whede voted it against it on the grounds it was too expensive for Milwaukee area lawyers.

    I have no problem with trying the Dells as an experiment, but not if it will harm Milwaukee area lawyers who make up 60% of the in-state bar. If the 2012 convention in held in Madison, that will mean four years before the convention comes back to Milwaukee.

    In my opinion, the overall plan is to eliminate the Milwaukee convention to make things easier for Madison lawyers. That’s wrong. The bar should serve those who contribute the most in terms of dues and buying bar services. That means Milwaukee. Under this plan, Milwaukee will lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in benefits a Milwaukee convention brings to the city in favor of enriching businesses in the Dells. That no other Milwaukee-based governors cared enough to stand up for Milwaukee is troubling. If they won’t, who will?

  2. I find it quite remarkable that they think they can improve attendance by moving the location from a convenient venue to a very inconvenient one.

  3. You are correct Dave. It’s so obvious you have to wonder why every bar governors from Milwaukee, except myself, voted in favor of a Dells convention. Aside from the indirect hundreds of thousands of dollars Milwaukee businesses will lose, not having the convention where 60% of the in-state lawyers are harms them directly. I was very disappointed that Milwaukee governors refused to stand up for Milwaukee and its adjoining counties.

    Moving the convention as an experiment to bolster attendance is a good idea, but not if it comes at the expense of Milwaukee area lawyers.

  4. I’m shocked that the vote is split 50/50 as I write. However, the real poll will be in 2011, when the members vote with their feet by not showing up, and attendance plummets.

  5. I can’t imagine a convention in the Dells will draw many from Milwaukee and SE Wisconsin. It may well even annoy those from Madison with the extra miles required to drive there.

    On the other hand, younger lawyers do not seem interested in the convention. CLE credits are available in so many ways today that perhaps conventions are passe.

    I guess the Dells experiment is worth doing, but in the end the bar needs to serve the vast majority of its members whose practices are near Milwaukee.

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