Welcome to the Dane County Bar Association

Laura McFarlane - 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.  Members can develop valuable leadership skills by joining one of the DCBA committees or sections.  The DCBA is also well-known for its social events that promote collegiality and offer networking opportunities with lawyers and judges in the community. 
If you are not currently a member, we encourage you to join today.  Please browse our website to learn more about DCBA and why you should join.  You can also contact us at law@dcba.net with any questions or comments you may have. 
Laura McFarlane, Wisconsin Department of Justice


Even if you aren’t in it, you can see what your friends and colleagues looked like 23 years ago! Copies of the directory are available at cost for $17.57. If you would like a copy of the 1995 DCBA Directory, please contact Teresa Kobelt at TKobelt@BarteltGrob.com, or 608-663-3892.


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.

First Thursday of every month. 1632 West Main Street in Sun Prairie

David Friedman is the 2018 recipient of the “Harvey L. Wendel Service Award,” given to a member of DCBA who has demonstrated exemplary service to the legal profession and community. The award is named in honor of its first recipient, Harvey Wendel.  David has served on the DCBA Board almost continuously for the past more than 20 years and has been the Association Treasurer and Chair of it's Finance Committee since 2002.  He will cease to be called our "Treasurer for Life" when his term expires in May of 2019.

Each year the award recipient’s name is added to a plaque on display outside the DCBA Room in the courthouse.

Dane County Basic Estate Planning Clinic is a program to help low-income individuals prepare basic estate planning documents.