Members

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 a 17-member 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) and Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation (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.
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.
Ben Obregon was appointed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. He chairs the board of directors at Legal Action of Wisconsin and UMOS, Inc. He also serves on the Advisory Council of the Downtown Madison Senior Center. Obregon is a Founding Member of Centro Hispano of Dane County. He is also a member of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA), its Civil & Client Policy groups and Chair of The Latino Section in NLADA. Obregon is a veteran of the Korean War who has worked as a resident manager/property manager for more than 20 years. His work experiences include recruiting and training migrant workers in the food processing industry; developing community resources; developing and implementing programs coordinating service delivery to minority populations from local, state, federal, public, and private agencies; teaching English as a second language; and implementing training sessions in health education, safety, job seeking skills, fundraising, and awareness of positive self. He received his associate’s degree in Human Services from Madison Area Technical College in Wisconsin.
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. John Powless III is a judge with the Oneida Nation Trial Court. He was appointed to the Commission by the Wisconsin Tribal Judges Association.
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.
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.
Melissa Dalkert is an attorney in private practice, primarily in Waupaca County, as well as a part time court commissioner for Portage County. She was appointed to the Commission by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. During her career, she has worked as a private attorney, a staff attorney with the State of Wisconsin Public Defender’s Office, and as a Court Commissioner. Dalkert is President of the Portage County Legal Aid Society, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to providing civil legal assistance to individuals in poverty, primarily in family law matters. She is a past board member of Justiceworks, Ltd., an organization dedicated to advancing restorative justice, and a past president of the Portage County Bar Association. Dalkert received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and received her law degree from Suffolk University 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.
Robyn Thibado is the Associate Director for West Central Wisconsin Community Action Agency, Inc. serving Barron, Chippewa, Dunn, Pepin, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties. She was appointed to the Commission by Governor Scott Walker and serves as our Secretary. In her position at West CAP, she is responsible for directing programs for homeless prevention, food security, and adult education as well as sharing responsibility for overall agency operations. Thibado graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with a degree in Social Work and is a certified social worker. Thibado currently serves on the board of the Free Clinic of the Greater Menomonie Area as well as the President of the Wisconsin Balance of State Continuum of Care Board of Directors which provides coordination and training for homeless service providers in 69 Wisconsin counties.
Susan E. Sorenson was appointed to the Commission by Governor Scott Walker. She previously served two terms as a member of the board at the Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation (WisTAF) where she gained a tremendous awareness for the dramatic need for legal services to serve the low-income Wisconsin residents. She is a Ripon College graduate.
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.

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