The Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission is in the process of transitioning staff support for the Commission from the State Bar of Wisconsin to the Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation (WisTAF). Since we were created by the court in 2009, the State Bar has provided some administrative support for the Commission. The State Bar has been a generous supporter of our mission to develop and encourage means of expanding access to the civil justice system for unrepresented low-income Wisconsin residents. In fact, the State Bar petitioned for the creation of the Commission and then extended what was originally a three-year commitment of financial and administrative support into a 13-year relationship.
We are very grateful for that commitment. In our next chapter at WisTAF, the Commission and the State Bar will continue to share common cause and will certainly find numerous ways to work together. Our commitment working with all our stakeholders to improve access to justice for Wisconsin’s low-income residents is unchanged.