Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Membership of Wisconsin Judicial Campaign Integrity Committee Was Not Impartial

Gerald A. Urbik of Janesville in a letter to the editor in the May 2008 issue of our State Bar's Wisconsin Lawyer magazine.
I also found highly offensive Mr. Basting's [State Bar President and WJCIC Chair Thomas Basting] statement in a press release that any attorney who referred to Justice Butler as "Loophole Louie" could be subject to discipline under the Wisconsin Rules of Professional Conduct. Apparently the importance Mr. Basting attaches to the First Amendment doesn't apply here. ... It is too bad that there weren't any loopholes for those attorneys like myself who objected to our dues funding the WJCIC. The creation of the WJCIC is an excellent argument for a voluntary State Bar.

Mr. Basting's response included this.
Mr. Urbik also misinforms by claiming the WJCIC is or will be funded by mandatory bar dues. I think it is highly unlikely the costs of the committee will be charged to bar dues; instead, they will be subject to a Keller [v. State Bar of California, 496 U.S. 1 (1990)] deduction.