Welcome to the Dane County Bar Association Homepage

Welcome to

Dane County Bar Association

Cathleen Dettmann

DCBA President

Welcome to the Dane County Bar Association (DCBA) website. Founded in 1858, the DCBA has been a leading bar association in Wisconsin for many years.

It features a diverse membership that includes lawyers, judges, and law students. The DCBA offers a multitude of benefits and programs, including timely and informative CLE luncheons, an award-winning mentorship program that pairs new and experienced lawyers, low-cost mediation services, and opportunities to volunteer and offer pro bono services.



The Dane County Bar Association’s Delivery of Legal Services committee has been working on launching a new website that can help connect Dane County residents who cannot afford market-rate legal assistance to community organizations that provide low or no-cost legal services. This referral system, titled “Community Lawyer,” assists our community members in three ways: Click title to see more.

End your week by relaxing and socializing with fellow members of the bar over refreshments and light snacks.  Fridays at 4 events are sponsored by the DCBA and hosted on a monthly basis by area law firms.  Watch for these events in the calendar of up coming events on our home page.
Would your law firm like to host a Fridays at 4 event?
Please contact Lis Shea at shea.elis@gmail.com
In 2006, the late Joe Melli, then-Chair of the Senior Lawyers Section, and Josh Kindkeppel, then Chair of the New Lawyers Section, joined forces to create the Dane County Mentorship Program. The Mentorship Program launched a pilot program in the fall of 2007 matching 10 mentees with 10 mentors. The Program was a success and was expanded in subsequent years. The concept of the Program is simple: match new attorneys with seasoned veterans based on an area of practice/interest.

Pro Bono Trust Fund Breakfast Sponsors

Boardman Clark
Habush and Rottier

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 12:00

    Virtual via Zooom

    At noon on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, via Zoom, Judge Charles P. Dykman will present a summary of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals civil case decisions, issued in calendar year 2019. Judge Dykman's presentation and outline provide a comprehensive review of 2019 decisions involving all areas of civil law.

  • Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 08:00

    Virtual via Zoom

    Join us for a special virtual presentation of the Pro Bono Awards via Zoom.  Since we can’t personally provide you with breakfast, we’re teaming up with Chef Jason Van Ommeren, a 15-year veteran of the hospitality industry, working as an Executive Chef since 2014, who will be hosting an interactive cooking demo at the start of the event.

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 12:00

    Via Zoom

    At noon on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, via Zoom, Ion Meyn, an assistant law professor at University of Wisconsin discusses how federal reform wrote race into procedure and contributed to the construction of separate and unequal federal and state courtrooms, which today still operate pursuant to key features of their Jim Crow blueprint.

  • Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 17:00


    Triva Night! Learn some fun facts about our Judges, new and depating.

    This is a no-charge, socially distanced, BYOB event. Watch for details.


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Website Sponsors


For the past several months the Co-Chairs of our Communications Committee have worked, primarily via remote meetings to design a website that reflects the esteem in wh

Kowalski Family Law seeks attorney with family litigation experience.

Organizing Sponsors

Organizing Sponsors

The Dane County Bar Association Pro Bono Awards Committee is excited to announce the winners of the 2020 DCBA Pro Bono Awards. This year’s recipients represent a dedication to pro bono service in a broad variety of practice areas including immigration/asylum, unemployment, veterans’ benefits, people with disabilities, elders, student discipline/education, and more. The DCBA plans to honor and thank the recipients of the 2020 Pro Bono Awards at a ceremony during the American Bar Association Pro Bono week, Oct. 25-31. Please watch the DCBA newsletter, Facebook page and your in box for more information.