Committees

Bench/Bar Committees

These committees, co-chaired by a judge and an attorney, provide forums for discussion related to the courts and their practice areas:

Bench/Bar Circuit Court - Civil
Co-Chair - Hon. Mel Flanagan
Co-Chair - Arthur Simpson

Bench/Bar Circuit Court - Family
Co-Chair - Hon. Michael Dwyer
Co-Chair - Richard H. Hart

Bench/Bar Circuit Court - Probate
Co-Chair - Hon. John DiMotto
Co-Chair - Elizabeth Ruthmansdorfer

Bench/Bar Court of Appeals
Co-Chair - Hon. Patricia Curley
Co-Chair - Amelia Bizzaro

Bench/Bar Small Claims
Co-Chair - To Be Appointed
Co-Chair - To Be Appointed

Regular Committees

To join a committee please contact the MBA's Office Manager.

CLE
Liason between Board of Directors and Sections concerning all aspects of CLE programming, pricing and section creation and termination. Develops policy for and directs development of CLE programs to serve MBA members' needs and interests in a cost-effective manner.

Community Relations
Works on public and media relations for the MBA.  Plans and organizes annual Law Day activities in collaboration with MYLA, AWL, WAAL and WHLA.

Contact: Britt Wegner, 414-276-5931

Courts
Liaison between the MBA and the courts; studies and suggests improvements in practice and procedure, including proposed legislative changes; maintains a general awareness of all conditions relating to the courts that may affect attorney practice and the public in general.

Chair - Patrick Schoen
Vice-Chair - Herman John

Fee Arbitration
Maintains panels of volunteer attorneys who arbitrate fee disputes between attorneys and their clients.

Chair - Theodore Hertel

Law Practice Management
Monitors issues affecting the practice of law, recommends and implements programs to address these issues with an emphasis on the solo and small firm practice.

Chair - Jonathon P. Groth

Lawyer Referral & Information Service
Monitors issues and recommends policy to the Board of Directors related to the MBA's Lawyer Referral & Information Service.

Chair - Ann S. Jacobs
Vice-Chair - Andy Frank

Legal Services to the Indigent
Studies and monitors issues and recommends action and policies to the Board of Directors related to the delivery of legal services to indigents.

Chair - Amy Wochos

Membership

Memorials 
Prepares and conducts annual memorial service for local attorneys who have died during the preceding year.

Contact: Katy Borowski, 414-276-5933

The Messenger
Plans, writes and edits the MBA quarterly Magazine, The Messenger.

Chair / Editor - Charles Barr

Professionalism
Develops and implements programs to promote professionalism.

Chair - Sheryl St. Ores