Sept. 10 – Act 10: A Postmortem

Event Recap:

On September 10th, the Madison Federalist Society held an event reviewing the past legal challenges to 2011 Wisconsin Act 10.


Video coverage of the event is available from WisconsinEye



Act 10: A Postmortem


Deputy Attorney General Kevin St. John
Attorney Eric Mcleod
Attorney Lester Pines

Moderated by Brian Hagedorn

2011 Wisconsin Act 10, better known as the “Budget Repair Bill,” garnered national attention when thousands of protestors filled the state Capitol day-in and day out in opposition to its collective bargaining provisions; comprising one of the largest protests ever seen in Wisconsin. Before it was even published, Act 10 became mired in complex state and federal litigation. With last week’s WI Supreme Court decision to uphold Act 10 in its entirety, the legal challenges to the law have finally been exhausted. Join us on September 10th to discuss the entire legal trajectory of Act 10 with a panel discussion by Wisconsin Deputy AG Kevin St. John and Attorneys Eric Mcleod and Lester Pines.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
11:30am – 1:00pm
Lunch Available at 11:30 a.m.
Program Begins at 12:00 p.m.

The Madison Club
5 East Wilson Street
Madison, WI

Complete the RSVP Form
$15 Federalist Society Member
$20 Non-Federalist Society Member
(lunch included)
1.0 hour of CLE will be applied for.


About the Speakers:

Deputy Attorney General Kevin St. John was appointed Deputy Attorney General by Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen on January 8, 2011. As Deputy Attorney General, Kevin St. John is the chief operating officer of the Department of Justice. Immediately prior to his appointment as Deputy Attorney General, Kevin St. John served as the Department of Justice’s Special Assistant Attorney General for Public Affairs and Policy. He joined the Department of Justice in that role on January 1, 2007. Prior to his government service, Kevin St. John practiced law with the Madison office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP and the Washington, D.C., office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. St. John is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned his law degree from the University of Chicago. Kevin St. John represented the State of Wisconsin in the Act 10 case and argued on its behalf before the Wisconsin Supreme Court on November 11, 2013.

Attorney Eric McLeod is an attorney in the Madison office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. where he is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group and Energy & Mining Team. Mr. McLeod’s more than 20 years of professional experience includes complex business litigation, as well as administrative, regulatory, and constitutional law. His practice focuses on land use and large facility siting, involving the development of nonmetallic/industrial sand mining facilities, large agricultural facilities and related litigation. Prior to joining WHD, he practiced with a large Wisconsin-based law firm and more recently was a sole practitioner at Eric McLeod Law, LLC. Attorney Eric Mcleod served as special counsel to Governor Scott Walker on state and federal challenges to 2011 Wisconsin Act 10.

Attorney Lester Pines is a Senior Partner in the firm Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLC. In practice since 1975, he leads the Litigation area, concentrating in civil trials, criminal defense, labor & employment, and business. His wide-ranging civil trial practice encompasses intellectual property disputes, constitutional and civil rights claims, employment, personal injury and commercial cases. He regularly defends doctors and lawyers who have been administratively accused of violating the rules governing their professions. His criminal defense work has involved many high profile cases, especially involving teachers, police officers and other public employees. He is counsel to Madison Teachers, Inc., which represents the employees of the Madison Metropolitan School District. Attorney Lester Pines represented clients who challenged 2011 Wisconsin Act 10 and argued before the Wisconsin Supreme Court on November 11, 2013.

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