Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. FFRF.org

FFRF attorney to head civil rights section of Wisconsin state bar

Vol. 36 No. 06 August 2019

FFRF Senior Counsel Patrick Elliott has been chosen president-elect of the Civil Rights & Liberties section of the State Bar of Wisconsin. The State Bar is, of course, the organization of lawyers in the Badger State.

“The State Bar of Wisconsin is a professional association that provides educational, career development and other services to its 25,000 members,” its website reads. “It also provides public services, including attorney referrals, public education and reduced-fee legal assistance for low-income state residents.”

The Civil Rights & Liberties Section of the State Bar focuses on our basic constitutional freedoms.

Patrick originally hails from the neighboring state of Minnesota, but has been a resident of Wisconsin ever since he enrolled at the University of Wisconsin around the start of the millennium. He went on to receive a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2009, with a special interest in the First Amendment and constitutional law.

He joined FFRF as a staff attorney in 2010, the second lawyer to become part of the state/church watchdog. Now he is set to also chair the statewide legal section that helps educate Wisconsin lawyers and lawmakers about civil rights.

“I’m looking forward to working with the State Bar and lawyers in Wisconsin on civil rights issues,” said Elliott.