Welcome to the Dane County Bar Association

Elisabeth Shea - DCBA President

Welcome to the Dane County Bar Association’s new website! DCBA is here to serve its members and to support and enhance Dane County’s unique and vibrant legal community. This website gives an overview of what we do. Please take a look around.

As a 155-year-old bar association, DCBA has long provided Dane County attorneys with opportunities to continue learning, serve the community, and create the professional relationships that make this such a great place to practice law. DCBA programs like bi-weekly CLE luncheons, the Case Mediation Program, numerous pro-bono opportunities, and the popular Bench Bar Brawl and Senior Lawyers social events have become mainstays in our community.


All Are Welcome at the Dane County Courthouse. Thursday May 1, 2014.  Presented by the Dane County Bar Association

“American Democracy & the Rule of Law: 
Why Every Vote Matters”

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - Elks Club
Cocktails and Hors D’ouevres: 5 - 7 pm
Entertainment: 7 - 8 pm
You might find out some things you never knew about members of our judiciary at this year's event!



The Dane County Bar Association’s Delivery of Legal Service Committee is pleased to announce its annual Pro Bono Breakfast.  The breakfast is an opportunity for Dane County Lawyers to come together and celebrate the importance of pro bono work in our community.  The DCBA will present its annual pro bono awards for outstanding service to the Dane County community.  

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, 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.