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Oshkosh attorney elected as State Bar’s next president

Paul Swanson

Paul Swanson, of Steinhilber, Swanson, Mares, Marone & McDemott in Oshkosh, will be the State Bar’s next president. He’ll serve a one-year term starting July 1. (File photo by Kevin Harnack)

An Oshkosh bankruptcy attorney will be the State Bar’s next president.

Paul Swanson of Steinhilber, Swanson, Mares, Marone & McDemott won with 2,616 votes, according to a news release. He edged out his opponent, John Danner of Harrold Scrobell & Danner SC, by 342 votes.

Swanson will serve a one-year term as president-elect starting July 1. He then will succeed Fran Deisinger as State Bar president on July 1, 2017.

In other State Bar races, Mary Lynne Donohue of Sheboygan was elected secretary. She will serve a two-year term. She and Ann Brandau of Brandau & Waltz Law Office LLP, La Crosse, were competing for the position. Donohue received 2,535 votes, and Brandau received 2,007.

Also, Sherry Coley of Green Bay won her race for a spot on the Judicial Council, a body that suggests changes in court procedures to the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Legislature.

Coley, Jesse Blocher of Waukesha and Chuck Stertz of Appleton had been vying for spot, which has a three-year term. Coley took 1,725 votes, edging out Blocher, who took 1,669 votes. Stertz took 1,323 votes, losing to Coley by 402 votes.

There were also dozens of vacancies on the Board of Governors. Those elected will serve for two years, starting July 1. The board has 52 elected members that serve 16 districts in the state. All board members work in the districts they represent.

Here is who was elected Friday:

District 2 (Milwaukee County)

• Karen Marie Bauer, Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee

• Andrew Chevrez of Milwaukee

• Jill Kastner, Legal Action of Wisconsin Inc., Milwaukee

• Randy Nash, O’Neil, Cannon, DeJong & Laing SC, Milwaukee

• Amy Wochos, Milwaukee County Courthouse

District 4 (Manitowoc, Sheboygan and Calumet counties)

• Jeffrey Wisnicky, Kewaunee corporation counsel

District 6 (Waukesha)

• Kimberly Hanes, Waukesha County corporation counsel

• Timothy Kay, Kay & Kay Law Firm, Brookfield

District 8 (Eau Claire, Dunn, Pierce, St. Croix and Polk counties)

• Deanne Koll, Bakke Norman SC, Menomonie

District 9 (Dane County)

• Kathleen Chung, Wisconsin Department of Transportation

• Catherine Dorl, State Public Defender’s Office, Madison

• Christopher Hughes, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, Madison

• Christopher Rogers, Habush Habush & Rottier SC, Madison

District 10 (Outagamie, Shawano, Oconto, Menominee, Marinette counties)

• Chuck Stertz, Outagamie County District Attorney’s Office

District 12 (Iowa, Lafayette and Grant counties)

• Kelly Mattingly, State Public Defender’s Office, Janesville

District 14 (Brown County)

• Byron Conway, Habush Habus & Rottier SC, Green Bay

District 16 (Florence, Forest, Langlade, Oneida and Vilas counties)

• Amanda Ley, State Public Defender’s Office, Wausau

About Erika Strebel, eri[email protected]

Erika Strebel is the law beat reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal and a law school student at UW-Madison. She can be reached at 414-225-1825.

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