Dean R. Dietrich is a Shareholder with Dietrich VanderWaal, S.C., who has represented attorneys in matters involving professional responsibility and attorney discipline before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Office of Lawyer Regulation. Attorney Dietrich has consulted with numerous law firms and individual lawyers regarding compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct. He has served as Chair of the State Bar Committee on Professional Ethics and is a member of the American Bar Association’s Center for Professional Responsibility and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers. Attorney Dietrich regularly publishes articles on ethics and professional responsibility. He is a graduate of Marquette University Law School.
B. K. Kempinen is a cum laude graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School and taught at the Law School from 1976 until his retirement in January of 2018. In addition to teaching the first-year criminal law curriculum and a number of related courses (Trial Advocacy, Professional Responsibilities, and Advanced Substantive Criminal Law), Prof. Kempinen was involved in several of the Law School's clinical programs, including serving as interim director of the Legal Defense Project; working as a supervising attorney in the Frank J. Remington Center's Legal Assistance to Institutionalized Persons Project (LAIP); and, from 1990 until his retirement, acting as director of the Remington Center's Prosecution Project. Prof. Kempinen has also been involved in both trial and appellate litigation in the criminal law area, has taught at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, has participated in a variety of conferences and continuing legal education programs during the past two decades, served on the Wisconsin Supreme Court Ethics 2000 Committee, and is the chair of the State Bar Ethics Committee.
Timothy J. Pierce has been Ethics Counsel for the State Bar of Wisconsin since 2004. Mr. Pierce was previously a Deputy Director at the Office of Lawyer Regulation. He also was previously employed as the Ethics Administrator for Milbank, Hadley, Tweed & McCloy, in New York, and as an Assistant State Public Defender in Racine. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin. He is a frequent speaker on matters of professional ethics and teaches Professional Responsibility at the University of Wisconsin Law School. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.