Monday, May 5, 2008

Kammer to lead State Bar; Portage lawyer ran on unusual platform of not requiring membership

Lyn Jerde in the Portage Daily Register on State Bar President-Elect-elect Douglas Kammer.
Kammer said that, if he should succeed in making State Bar of Wisconsin membership voluntary, he would not join right away — at least not until an organization that is more responsive to members has been established.

That effort would be, at best, a long shot, said [current State Bar President Thomas] Basting, because the Wisconsin State Supreme Court decides on the issue, and in recent years has consistently come down in favor of mandatory membership.

"Mr. Kammer will find that trying to get this change made will be very difficult unless he gets the majority of the (association's) Board of Governors to go along with him," he said.