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

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 12:00

    Via Zoom

    Event descriptions will be announced soon


  • 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.

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 12:00


    Event descriptions will be announced soon


Find a Lawyer

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.