Welcome to the Dane County Bar Association

Sarah Zylstra - DCBA President

DCBA has provided support and assistance to both its members and the community for over 155 years. We have a proud tradition and look forward to a long future of service.

DCBA offers a wide array of programs. We provide bimonthly CLE luncheons on current legal topics of interest. We offer a cost-effective Case Mediation Program for early resolution of disputes. The Joseph A. Melli Mentorship program, which seeks to match young lawyers with more experienced counsel, is one of the longest standing and most successful mentorship programs in the country. 


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.  The DCBA is pleased to welcome the Honorable James D. Peterson, US Western District Court Judge, as the keynote speaker of our event.

It's a Toast! It's a Roast! It's a Brawl
Please mark your calendars to join us at this year's Dane County Bar Association's Bench Bar Brawl, to be held at the Elks Club on Thursday, April 23, 2015, starting at 5 p.m.  This year's planned festivities include a "Roast and Toast", featuring a “Roast” honoring soon-to-be-departing Judge John Albert and a “Toast” honoring retired Judge Maryann Sumi.  If you have any Judge Albert stories that might be good to share, please let DCBA President Sarah Zylstra know. You can email her at szylstra@boardmanclark.com or give her a call at 608-283-1741. 

Valuable Information for Making Key Decisions
Before and After You Retire

The Madison Area Technical College Paralegal Program in cooperation with WPS, Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources (GWAAR), Dane County Bar Association, and State Bar of Wisconsin is presenting this free event offering workshops and resources on retirement issues.

Dane County Circuit Judges have authorized the creation of a Veterans’ Treatment Court here in Dane County.   The Veterans Administration, the Dane County Sheriff, the District Attorney, and the Public Defender have agreed to support this initiative.  Most important, a group volunteer veterans from the community have agreed to act as mentors to individuals who participate in the court process

Friday May 1, 2015
Dane County Court House
Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law
All are welcome!