BAY — Jill Kastner, a Milwaukee attorney, was sworn in as the State
Bar of Wisconsin’s 64th president on June 12 at its annual meeting
and conference in Green Bay.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack administered the
oath of office.
Kastner assumed a one-year term July 1, succeeding outgoing
President Chris Rogers of Madison. She is the sixth woman to assume
this role in the organization’s history.
Kastner said Wisconsin took a big step toward increasing access to
justice and promoting a high-functioning justice system by
successfully advocating for the increase in private bar public
defender rates and other court funding, which are longstanding State
“Now let’s get to work building upon this success and bridging the
justice gap by getting younger attorneys to practice in our more
rural and underserved counties, particularly in our more northern
Counties,” Kastner said. “Let’s also work to get more funding for
civil legal services and expand the number of pro bono hours lawyers
provide to low-income individuals.
Kastner, a graduate of the UCLA School of Law, is a public-interest
attorney at Legal Action of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.