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 Law for the Public Committee kicked off its Your Life, Your Rights Program with a presentation at La Follette High School by the Honorable C. William Foust and Dane County Assistant Corporation Counsel Eve Dorman. The Your Life, Your Rights Program brings teams of volunteer lawyers and judges into classrooms to help educate high school students about their legal rights and responsibilities. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Chair of the Law for the Public Committee, Mpoli Simwanza-Johnson, at msjohnson@whdlaw.com.

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

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