Milwaukee attorney takes lead as state bar president

Freeman Staff

July 5, 2019

GREEN 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 Bar priorities.

“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.