Press Release


Wisconsin Chapter of Lawyers for Good Government

Contact: Rebecca DeMarb                                        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tel. 608.886.0135
Date: 03/04/2017
WHAT: Come Together 2017
WHEN: 11 a.m. March 31, 2017 – 12 p.m. April 1, 2017
WHERE: The Ridge Hotel, W4240 WI-50, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 53147
COST: $120 – 225



Come Together 2017 is the inaugural conference of the Wisconsin chapter of Lawyers for Good Government (WI L4GG), an army of more than 120,000 lawyers, law students, and activists that has risen up in defense of the values, principles, individuals, and communities that make America a truly great nation that formed in the wake of the presidential election.  Says interim chapter leader for WI L4GG Rebecca DeMarb, a Madison attorney, “Come Together came to life while my mom and I were driving through Ohio around 1 am on January 23, on our way home from the Women’s March in D.C.  On the night of the Women’s March we had attended the Rise Above conference, and the speakers were really inspirational. But Rise Above lacked time for attendees – activists and aspiring activists – to connect with one another and find outlets for their skills and energy.  Come Together will not only educate on legal hot topics, but will provide information and time to connect with other activists and groups in need of legal help.  Connecting with like-minded folks and finding ways to make a difference are in and of themselves ways to stay inspired, empowered, and sane.”

Featured presentations and speakers include:

  • Holly Johnstone of Johnstone Communications will kick off the conference with a workshop on communication strategies for finding common ground among people who disagree politically and for ending the divisiveness prevalent in today’s political discourse.
  • Milwaukee attorney James H. Hall Jr., former president of the Milwaukee chapter of the NAACP, current ACLU of Wisconsin board member, and founder of 100 Black Men of Milwaukee, will deliver Come Together’s keynote, All Hands on Deck: A Call to Action, on Friday evening.
  • Bill Whitford, a UW Law School Professor and lead plaintiff in Whitford v. Gill, a federal lawsuit challenging the Wisconsin GOP’s 2011 voter redistricting, which the state is currently appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court, and Sachin Chheda, director of the Fair Elections Project, will present Political Gerrymandering: Wisconsin Is Ground Zero. They will cover the legal history of gerrymandering, the ongoing lawsuit, and the potential ramifications of their work.
  • Robert Kraig, executive director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Saturday morning’s plenary presenter, will speak on the future of healthcare in light of attacks against the ACA and Medicare/Medicaid.

Other speakers—including Lisa Graves, Larry Dupuis, Tamara Packard, Kelda Roys, Mario White, Linda Clifford, Tressie Kamp, Professor Asifa Quraishi-Landes and Mary Ferwerda—will address immigration, lobbying, Freedom of Information Act/public records requests, racial issues for trial advocacy, suing the government, environmental issues, LGBTQ+ concerns, ethics of activism and executive power.

In addition, Come Together will feature a nonprofit expo to connect groups who are in need of volunteers with people who are ready to dig in and get to work.

Lawyers and other change agents are invited to join in the fun, which will include music, a community color-by-numbers, and casual dress code.  Registration costs include at least five CLE credits for attorneys, lunch and dinner, a bloody mary break, and an after party. Child care options are available. Come Together is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Chapters of the American Constitution Society.

“Come Together will be educational and inspirational, practical, a means to connect – and it will be fun,” says DeMarb. “I’m furious about so much of what’s going on right now, as many people are, but to do this work we need opportunities for important personal connections.   All work, and all solid connections, need play and levity to be sustainable. To paraphrase Emma Goldman, we are going to dance and be a part of the revolution.”