About Us

The Commission was created by an order of the Wisconsin Supreme Court in response to a petition filed by the State Bar of Wisconsin. We are a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) Wisconsin corporation governed by an 18-member volunteer board. Board members serve three year terms. Our stakeholders make the following number of appointments to our board: Wisconsin Supreme Court (5), Governor (3), State Bar of Wisconsin (4), Wisconsin Senate (1), Wisconsin Assembly (1), Marquette University Law School (1), University of Wisconsin Law School (1), the Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation (1), and the Wisconsin Tribal Judges Association (1).

Dan Hoff is an attorney in private practice with Hoff, Bushaw & Matuszak, LLC in Appleton and serves as President of the Commission. He was appointed to the Commission by Sen. Roger Roth. Hoff’s firm won the State Bar of Wisconsin’s award for Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year in 1999 in recognition of their service to the community. He has been appointed by the Outagamie County Circuit judges to act as interim court commissioner during vacancies and family leave. Hoff served as president of the Outagamie County Bar Association from 2002-2003, and was the vice president in 2002. He was also an Assistant Corporation Counsel for Outagamie County. Hoff has played significant roles supporting St. Pius X Church and St. Thomas More.
Sarah Diedrick-Kasdorf is the Deputy Director of Government Affairs for the Wisconsin Counties Association and serves as Vice-President of the Commission. She was appointed to the Commission by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. In over 20 years working with the Counties Association, Sarah has worked on issues related to taxation and finance, personnel and labor relations, and judicial and public safety. Her current focus is on issues relating to health and human services. She received her undergraduate degree in political science and history from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin.
Howard Bichler is the Indian Law Office Manager for Wisconsin Judicare in Wausau. Wisconsin Judicare, provides legal services at no cost to low income residents across northern Wisconsin. Bichler was appointed to the Commission by the State Bar of Wisconsin and serves as our Treasurer. Hi is a current member and former Chair of the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Wisconsin. For over 20 years, he has practiced in the area of Indian Law on behalf of various tribes in Wisconsin. Bichler has also served on the board of Wisconsin Judicare and on the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission. He is a past Chair of the Indian Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin and a former a member of the Legislative Council Committee on State Tribal Relations. He is a 1976 graduate of Marquette University Law School.
Angela Schultz is the Assistant Dean for Public Service at Marquette University Law School. She was appointed to the Commission by the law school. In her law school role, Schultz’s charge is to advance pro bono in the legal profession, particularly within the student body. She serves as a liaison between law students and pro bono projects such as the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic, and the Milwaukee Justice Center. Prior joining the law school, Schultz practiced elder and disability law and was the assistant director of a domestic violence intervention program in Portland, Oregon. She earned her J.D. at Lewis & Clark Law School and her B.A. at Knox College.
Diane Diel is an attorney in private practice in Milwaukee who was appointed to the Commission by the State Bar of Wisconsin. Diel has dedicated her entire practice to helping families in Milwaukee and the surrounding areas find positive solutions to a wide variety of family law concerns. Clients turn to her for skilled mediation and collaborative law representation. Diel is a past President of the State Bar of Wisconsin. She also served on the State Bar's Board of Governors and the Committee on Professional Ethics. Diel is a former board member and President of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She has also held leadership roles with the Collaborative Family Law Council, the Association of Women Lawyers. Currently, Diel also serves as a Port of Milwaukee Harbor Commissioner. She is a 1976 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison.
Hon. Richard Sankovitz served as a Circuit Court Judge in Milwaukee County from 1996-2018. He is now a mediator with Resolute Systems. He was appointed to the Commission by the State Bar of Wisconsin. As chair of the State Bar's Access to Justice Study Committee he was a co-author of its 2007 report "Bridging the Justice Gap: Wisconsin's Unmet Legal Needs." Pro bono service has always been a significant part of Sankovitz' career. Following his clerkship with then U.S. District Judge Terence Evans in the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Sankovitz made pro bono a part of his practice at Jenner & Block in Chicago and at Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. in Milwaukee. He currently serves as chair of the Wisconsin Court System's Criminal Benchbook Committee. Sankovitz is a graduate of Marquette University and Harvard Law School.
Mitch is an Assistant Clinical Professor as well as Director of the Economic Justice Institute and the Neighborhood Law Clinic at the University of Wisconsin Law School. After graduating from UW Law School, Mitch co-founded Community Justice Inc., a non-profit charitable law firm in Madison that provides direct legal services to low-income individuals on a sliding fee scale. His practice focused primarily in the areas of housing law, employment law, government benefits, and guardian ad litem work. Mitch is a member and former Chair of the State Bar Wisconsin’s Public Interest Law Section.
Nicholas Zales is an attorney in private practice in Milwaukee. He was appointed to the Commission by the Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation. Zales practices in the area of complex commercial civil litigation and appeals in both state and federal court representing individuals, small businesses and other professionals. Zales is a current member of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors and a former member of the board of the Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation. He has served on the Wisconsin’s Judicial Council and presently serves on the State Bar’s Communications Committee, the editorial board for the Wisconsin Lawyer, the State Bar’s official monthly magazine. Zales received his undergraduate degree from UW Oshkosh and his law degree from Marquette University Law School.
Revelle Williams serves as the Milwaukee Constituent Services Manager for Governor Tony Evers and was appointed to the Commission by Gov. Evers. She previously lead constituent relations in the office of Sen. Lena Taylor. Williams is also a member of the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Commission.
Nora Platt is Assistant General Counsel at Northwestern Mutual and was appointed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. She was previously a litigation partner with Quarles & Brady LLP in Milwaukee. She has been actively involved in pro bono and diversity and inclusion efforts throughout her career.
Dennis Meyers serves as a Trustee for the Village of Germantown. He was appointed to the Commission by the the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Robert Agnew, Jr. was appointed to the Commission by Gov. Tony Evers. Agnew is a trained re-entry career coach with successful experience assisting justice-involved individuals secure gainful employment before and after time served. He is also the co-founder of the Wisconsin Association of Black Men and Milwaukee Artists for Racial Justice. Agnew is a decarceration organizer and subject matter expert on decarceration strategies on all levels of government and also on the national issue of challenging electronic monitoring. He has over ten years of organizing experience starting as an undergraduate at UW-Madison and most recently with JustLeadershipUSA. He is also a Licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) serving the community of Milwaukee and as a street medic.
Melissa Pingel was appointed to the Commission by the State Bar of Wisconsin. She serves as the elected Clerk of Circuit Court for Winnebago County. She is also a member of the State Bar's Legal Assistance Committee.
Sue Sorenson was appointed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. She is a member of the Board of Education for the Green Lake School District and a former member of the board for the Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation.
Hon. Patricia Baker is a judge on the Portage County Circuit Court and was appointed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Judge Baker is a former assistant district attorney and past president of the Portage County Bar Association. She was previously elected to the Stevens Point Area Public School District and served as president of Mid-State Independent Living Choices, Inc. and the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin.
Duana Bremer is the Social Service Director for the Salvation Army in St. Croix, Polk and Burnett Counties. She was appointed by Gov. Evers. Bremer brings deep experience with preventing and responding to food and housing insecurity.