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Every year, thousands of low income people in Milwaukee County struggle to solve their legal problems without a lawyer to help them. This results in the unfair loss of important rights and benefits, while further burdening our court system, frustrating our citizens, and creating new and avoidable social costs.

You can help address this problem by volunteering your time with some of the opportunities listed below.

Thank you for your interest. We hope your next pro bono matter will be as rewarding to you as it is to the client you help.

- The MBA Legal Services to the Indigent Committee

Check Out These Pro Bono Opportunities:

SCR 20:6.10 Pro Bono Public service
State Bar of Wisconsin Support for Pro Bono Efforts

PROGRAMS:
AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin Legal Services Program
American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin
Center for Driver's License Recovery and Employability
Centro Legal
Community Advocates, Inc.
Eastern District Bankruptcy Court Help Desk
Federal Court Pro Bono Opportunities
Immigration Legal Services Project (Catholic Charities)
Kids Matter, Inc.
Lawyer Hotline
Legal Action of Wisconsin's Volunteer Lawyers Project
Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee
Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic at House of Peace
Milwaukee Justice Center
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center
Milwaukee Synagogue for Russian Jews
Modest Means Panel of the Milwaukee Bar Association
Task Force on Family Violence of Milwaukee
The Oasis
Unemployment Appeals Clinic

MORE WAYS TO GET INVOLVED:
General Information - Attorneys and Guardian Ad Litem Appointments
MBA Milwaukee Lawyers Assistance Program
Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee

SCR 20:6.10 Pro Bono Public service
A lawyer should render public interest legal service. A lawyer may discharge this responsibility by providing professional services at no fee or a reduced fee to persons of limited means or to public service or charitable groups or organizations, by service in activities for improving the law, the legal system or the legal profession, and by financial support for organizations that provide legal services to persons of limited means.

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State Bar of Wisconsin Support for Pro Bono Efforts
The State Bar of Wisconsin offers various services to support attorneys who represent pro bono clients, including free malpractice insurance, expense reimbursement and free access to Lexis Nexus.

Volunteer lawyers who do not have malpractice insurance, including those who are in government service, work in-house, or are retired, may be able to obtain coverage for civil pro bono matters on behalf of low-income clients by partnering with the State Bar. For attorneys in private practice, the state bar policy includes an endorsement making it the primary source for professional liability coverage, even if the volunteer attorney or firm already has coverage. To obtain this coverage, contact State Bar Pro Bono Coordinator Jeff Brown (below) before commencing work on your pro bono case.

The State Bar maintains a limited fund for members to help cover out-of-pocket costs incurred on pro bono cases (such as transcript, filing and witness fees), when the client is unable to pay and the court or agency will not waive the expense. Your pro bono case does not need to be referred through the State Bar in order to take advantage of this benefit.

A partnership with LexisNexis also allows the State Bar to offer free computerized legal research to pro bono attorneys. The application form for this benefit is available on WisBar and is available for all pro bono cases, regardless of the referral source.

For more information on how to take advantage of these benefits and others, contact Jeff Brown at jbrown@wisbar.org, (800) 444-9404, extension 6177, or go to www.wisbar.org/probono.

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Pro Bono Programs

AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin Legal Services Program
Rebekah Kopec-Farrell
Director, Legal Services Program
AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin
820 N. Plankinton Ave.
Milwaukee, WI  53203
(414) 225-1530 (tel)
(414) 225-1632 (fax)
Email: Rebekah.Kopec-Farrell@arcw.org
Web: www.arcw.org

The Legal Services Program (LSP) of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) provides direct legal representation at no charge to persons living with HIV or AIDS. A pro bono client need not be low income. However, the services available to individuals whose income exceeds 125% of the federal poverty guidelines are limited to Advanced Directives, Social Security Disability Appeals and HIV Discrimination matters. Legal services are provided on a statewide basis in collaboration with nine ARCW offices: Milwaukee, Madison, Kenosha, Green Bay, Appleton, Eau Claire, Wausau, La Crosse and Superior.

In addition to the above-mentioned services, the LSP provides legal representation in estate planning, advanced directives, divorce, guardianships, HIV discrimination, confidentiality of health care information, housing, employment, consumer, bankruptcy, social security disability and insurance disputes.

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American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin
Contact: Larry Dupuis, Legal Director
Office: ACLU of Wisconsin
207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 325
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 272-4032
Fax: (414) 272-0182
Email: liberty@aclu-wi.org
Web: www.aclu-wi.org

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Wisconsin is committed to the protection of civil rights and civil liberties in Wisconsin. Through education and litigation, the ACLU challenges private and governmental conduct limiting the civil rights of individuals and organizations throughout the state.

The ACLU’s interests are broad and diverse. The cases it handles involve freedom of expression, privacy, due process, employee rights, equal protection and issues of race discrimination and poverty. The ACLU’s cases have included challenges to the University of Wisconsin’s "hate speech" rule, unconstitutional overcrowding of the Milwaukee County Jail, unconstitutionality of the Supermax prison in Boscobel, Milwaukee’s overburdened child welfare system, religious school vouchers, discriminatory insurance "redlining," and censorship of student newspapers and school library materials.

Attorneys interested in volunteering their time and talents to the protection of civil liberties can assist the ACLU in a number of ways. Working with the ACLU, attorneys can volunteer to represent clients in court on civil liberties issues. ACLU volunteers also draft appellate briefs on behalf of ACLU clients or on behalf of the ACLU as amicus curiae in cases of constitutional significance. Attorneys can also assist the ACLU by serving on its Lawyers Committee, which screens and evaluates the merits of cases brought to its attention to ensure that the litigation program addresses the most important civil rights issues in the most cost efficient manner.

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Center for Driver's License Recovery and Employability
Contact: Patricia Risser - Attorney Coordinator for Legal Action's Volunteer Lawyers Project
Office: Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc.
230 W. Wells Street, Suite 800
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Phone: 414-278-7722
Fax: 414-274-3096
Email: pzr@legalaction.org
Web: No Current Website

The Center for Driver's License Recovery and Employability helps Milwaukee County residents recover suspended or revoked driver's licenses. Participating in this project is a great way to be involved in addressing a significant economic development issue in the community. The Center is co-sponsored by Legal Action of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Community Services (WCS),City of Milwaukee Municipal Court and MATC.

The Center works closely with Legal Action of Wisconsin's Volunteer Lawyers Project to involve volunteer lawyers. (Please see Legal Action of Wisconsin's Volunteer Lawyers Project listing below.)

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Centro Legal
Contact: Heather Ramirez
Office: Centro Legal
1711 S. 11th St., Suite 209
Milwaukee, WI 53204
Phone: (414) 384-7900
(888) 959-7900 (toll-free)
Fax: (414) 384-6222
Email: hramirez@centrolegalwisconsin.org
Web: www.centrolegalwisconsin.org

Centro Legal represents indigent and low-income clients with a sliding fee scale based on household income. Legal services are provided in the areas of family law and criminal law (misdemeanor).

Centro Legal has volunteer opportunities for attorneys, students, and interested individuals. Volunteer attorneys can assist with new client intake at Centro Legal's office, or can take on representation of clients referred by Centro Legal. Non-attorney volunteers can assist with answering phones, general office work and contacting clients to schedule appointments.

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Community Advocates, Inc.
Contact: Susan Potts, Director of Development
Office: 4906 W. Fond du Lac Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53218
Phone: (414) 449-4767 ext. 154
Fax: (414) 449-4774
Email: susanp@communityadvocates.net

Established in 1976, Community Advocates is the largest human need advocacy agency in Wisconsin and one of the few remaining community-based organizations of any kind that welcomes walk-in clients five days a week. The mission of Community Advocates is to work with low destitute persons and families to gain and ensure access to programs and services that they need to meet their basic needs and to live in dignity. The agency provides skilled and results-focused advocacy services to low-income individuals and families experiencing extremely difficult basic needs, health care, utility, and housing challenges. Community Advocates is a well-established, highly visible, and directly accessible grassroots agency that is respected and trusted by consumers, government, health care and other service providers, and the public at large.

Community Advocates operates nearly 20 advocacy and direct service programs in support of its mission. Programs are broadly categorized as Housing Advocacy, Case Management, Health Care Advocacy, Community-wide Training, and General Advocacy.

Volunteer attorneys can assist with the Homeless Prevention Program, providing information and advice or representation in court to clients facing eviction. Volunteers also provide advocacy and representation on health-related issues such as SSI/SSD enrollment, health care eligibility questions and entitlement benefits denials.

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Eastern District Bankruptcy Court Help Desk
Contact: Attorney Andy Herbach
Office: Howard Solocheck & Weber S.C.
324 E. Wisconsin Avenue, #1100
Milwaukee, WI 53202-4309
Phone: 414-272-0760
Email: aherbach@hswmke.com

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court Help Desk operates every Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. in Room 126 of the Federal Courthouse, 517 E. Wisconsin Avenue. The Help Desk is seeking volunteer attorneys to staff the Thursday sessions and lawyers willing to take Chapter 13 referrals.

Members of the Bankruptcy Section of the Milwaukee Bar Association, with the assistance and support of the State Bar of Wisconsin, provide assistance to Chapter 7 debtors completing the required bankruptcy paperwork or addressing problems with their paperwork identified by the Court, the clerk's office or trustees. Assistance is available on a first come, first served basis. There is a sign-in form in room 126 and each person will be called in turn.

Assistance also is available to Chapter 7 debtors (or people considering filing chapter 7 bankruptcy) who wish to proceed pro se (i.e., do not have a lawyer to represent them in a bankruptcy case).

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Federal Court Pro Bono Opportunities
Contact: Jennifer Susek
Office: Federal Courthouse
517 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 292-3362
Fax: (414) 297-4171
Email: jennifer_susek@wied.uscourts.gov

Pro bono opportunities exist in a number of areas, including civil rights cases, Title VII cases, and social security litigation. The majority of the pro bono opportunities are in the area of prisoner litigation. Most of these cases fall under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and involve due process, equal protection, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and conditions of confinement matters.

The court maintains a list of attorneys available to accept pro bono appointments. A judge ordinarily calls an attorney on the list to determine interest in being appointed in a particular case. The attorney then reviews the file and, if interested, the judge issues the formal appointment order. A pro bono fund is being established to reimburse pro bono attorneys for certain out-of-pocket expenses.

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Legal Services for Immigrants
(Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee)
Contact: Barbara Graham
Office: St. Patrick Parish
731 W. Washington Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204
Phone: (414) 643-8570
Fax: (414) 643-6726
Email: bgraham@ccmke.org
Webhttp://www.ccmke.org/Catholic-Charities/FamilyChildrensMinistries/LegalServices.htm

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has established a broad-based immigration legal service project that  serves newcomers to the United States who are seeking to become citizens or reunify with family members living here, individuals trying to secure asylum or temporary protection in the United States.  Legal Services for Immigrants also provides representation before Immigration Court for detained and non detained immigrants petitioning for documentation for U.S. residency and immigrant victims of domestic violence.  The program serves low-income people in eastern Wisconsin counties from Kenosha to Fond du Lac. Fees are based on a sliding scale tied to the federal poverty level. Potential clients who fall above a certain income level will be referred to private attorneys.
Pro bono attorneys work on petitions for residency for immigrant victims of domestic violence and other serious crimes, as well as on asylum petitions. We also ask attorneys to assist clients whose immigration problems require additional legal help outside the area of immigration.

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Kids Matter, Inc.
Contact: Anita R. Cruise
Office: Kids Matter, Inc.
2929 W. Highland Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53208
Phone: (414) 344-1220
Fax: (414) 344-1230
Email: kidsmatter.cruise@sbcglobal.net

Kids Matter, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving life opportunities and outcomes for children in foster and kinship care. There are more than 3000 Milwaukee children in foster care. According to the recent census, more than 20,000 additional children are being raised by someone who is not the child's parent – often a grandparent, relative or family friend. These caregivers often need brief legal help so that they can obtain medical care, special education or counseling services for the children in their care. Kids Matter is currently focusing on three primary initiatives.

Fostering Healing - This program provides assistance to children who have been victims of crime or violence. A wide range of legal issues can come up for children under these circumstances: From child abuse restraining orders, estate issues, retirement questions from grandparents raising grandchildren to children who do not have first names on their birth certificates or need a name changed, each child and family has their own set of needs that may require legal expertise.

Volunteer Lawyer Project - This program connects volunteer attorneys with caregivers to assist with obtaining guardianships and accessing benefits such as medical care, kinship and special education.

Milwaukee CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) - Through the CASA program, highly trained community volunteers are court-appointed to be an advocate for an individual child or sibling group in the child welfare system. This program welcomes attorney volunteers who want to assist with volunteer training or providing occasional legal information to volunteers.

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Lawyer Hotline
Contact: Britt Wegner
Office: Milwaukee Bar Association
424 E. Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-274-6768
Fax: 414-274-6765
Email: bwegner@milwbar.org

The Lawyer Hotline is a free service offered by the Milwaukee Bar Association to help meet the needs of the public who just have a basic legal question. They can call the Lawyer Referral and Information Service anytime during its designated hours, and if they are just looking for a question to be answered, the LRIS will take their contact information and briefly summarize the situation. An anonymous volunteer attorney will return the call one Wednesday of the month between 5-7 p.m. to answer the question and refer them to an appropriate resource if applicable.

The Lawyer Hotline is always looking for volunteers. We return about 30 phone calls per session, so it is ideal to have 3 attorneys present so that the questions can be divided up and the session can end on time. The Milwaukee Bar Association provides dinner for all volunteers, and you are also highlighted in the MBA Messenger.

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Legal Action of Wisconsin's Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP)
Contact: Patricia Risser
Office: Legal Action of Wisconsin
230 W. Wells Street, Room 800
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Phone: 414-278-7722
Fax: 414-274-3096
Email: pzr@legalaction.org
Web: www.legalaction.org

Legal Action of Wisconsin is the largest staff-based provider of civil legal services for low-income Wisconsin residents. The Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) is the largest organized pro bono project in the state. The VLP recruits attorneys from private practice, government and corporations to represent Legal Action's indigent clients and staff advice clinics on a pro bono basis. The VLP offers the following pro bono opportunities in the Milwaukee-Waukesha area:

Pro Bono Panels. Volunteer attorneys provide free legal representation in many areas of law including family law matters (divorce, custody & placement); housing (primarily landlord-tenant issues, some foreclosure and homeownership cases); unemployment compensation; elder law; Social Security disability/SSI and a variety of consumer matters. When attorneys register with the VLP, they select the case types and counties they prefer.  The need for volunteer attorneys is greatest in family law, housing and bankruptcy.

Domestic Violence Injunction Project. Volunteer attorneys represent victims of domestic abuse in injunction cases preparing for and appearing at injunction hearings. Volunteers for this project understand that the cases are referred within two weeks of the hearing date.

General Legal Assistance Project. Volunteer attorneys interview clients by appointment at LAW's Milwaukee office, in order to evaluate cases, provide appropriate legal adviceand make recommendations regarding further representation. Lawyers may provide additional legal services, if they choose to do so.

Driver's License Recovery Project.The VLP is seeking lawyers or groups of lawyers (from firms or bar associations to assist Milwaukee County drivers recover their driver's licenses. (See the separate listing above for the Center for Driver's License Recovery & Employability.)

Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) Project. Employee benefits attorneys review and draft QDROs for Legal Action divorce clients on a pro bono basis.

Consumer Advocacy & Bankruptcy Assistance Project (CABAP). Attorneys advise and counsel low-income individuals in consumer debt collection, contracts, deceptive sales practices and bankruptcy matters, and represent them when appropriate.

Tenants’ Rights Project.  Attorneys meet with clients at LAW’s Milwaukee Office to evaluate cases on behalf of tenants and advise tenants on a variety of legal issues including eviction, lockouts, habitability and security deposits.  Project’s objective is to provide representation in appropriate cases.

The Volunteer Lawyers Project supports volunteer lawyers in many ways, including the following:

  • Screens clients for eligibility & cases for merit
  • Malpractice insurance coverage
  • Free CLE-approved training
  • Comprehensive manuals and website
  • Reimbursement for litigation expenses
  • Meeting rooms and extensive library
  • Mentoring
  • Technical support

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Legal Aid Socitey of Milwaukee
Contact: Karen Dardy
Office: Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee
521 N. 8th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: (414) 727-5300
Fax: (414) 291-5488
Email: kdardy@lasmilwaukee.com
Web: www.lasmilwaukee.com

The Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee was founded in 1916 "to do all things necessary for the prevention of injustice." The Society is one of the oldest, continuously operating, public interest law firms in the nation. Each year it provides free legal services to 8,000 of Milwaukee's most vulnerable residents: abused and neglected children, developmentally disabled adults, battered women, people living with HIV/AIDS, immigrants, prisoners, unemployed, elderly, and homeless – all of them too poor to hire legal counsel. The Society's mission is equal justice for the poor.

The Legal Aid Society provides free representation to the poor in family law, consumer and bankruptcy matters, housing law, social security disability and public benefits, tax disputes with the government and anti-discrimination law. It also uses class action and impact litigation to challenge abusive patterns and practices by governmental entities and corporate institutions that adversely affect the poor.

Pro bono volunteer activities include working on a wide range of civil legal matters in both state and federal court or in advising the Executive Director on such management issues as personnel and fund-raising.

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Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic at House of Peace
Contact: Julie Darnieder
Office: The House of Peace Community Center
1702 W. Walnut St.
Milwaukee, WI 53205
Email: julie.darnieder@marquette.edu
If you are seeking legal assistance, please visit the clinic or go to www.legalhelpmilwaukee.org

The Marquette University Legal Clinic provides basic walk-in legal advice and referrals on a variety of issues, including divorce, custody and support, landlord-tenant disputes, employment matters, municipal citations, and consumer problems. The Clinic gives basic guidance to people who are representing themselves in disputes, assistance in filling out forms or drafting letters, advice about how to pursue or respond to claims, and information regarding how to access other legal resources that can provide representation. The Clinic does not take cases or represent clients in an ongoing manner.

The Clinic is open on Tuesday evenings from 3 – 7 p.m., and is located at the House of Peace Community Center (see address above). It is staffed each week by a rotating group of volunteer supervising attorneys and law students. Supervising attorneys are asked to volunteer at the Clinic approximately one evening per month from 3 – 5 p.m. or 5- 7 p.m. Each supervising attorney and student undergoes training and orientation, and malpractice insurance is provided through Marquette University.

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Milwaukee Justice Center
Contact: Dawn Caldart, Executive Director
Office: Milwaukee Justice Center
Courthouse Rm 104-J
901 N. 9th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Email: dawn.caldart@wicourts.gov
Website: www.milwaukeejusticecenter.com

Family Law and Small Claims Self-Help Desks
The Milwaukee Justice Center uses volunteers to staff the Self-Help Desks located in G-9 of the courthouse. Volunteers in this capacity do not give legal advice, rather assist self represented litigants in filling out forms, and provide step by step instructions for filing family law and small claims cases. Clients are served on a first come first served basis during the clinic's walk-in hours.  The Family Law Self-Help Desk operates on Monday through Wednesday from 8:30-12:00 and 1:00-4:00 and on Thursday and Friday from 8:30-12:00.

Brief Legal Advice and Referral Clinic
In partnership with the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic, the MJC offers a brief legal advice and referral clinic to individuals who would otherwise have limited or no access to civil legal services. Service is limited to a one-time consultation. The clinic is staffed by volunteer attorneys and law students. Volunteer attorneys advise clients in the areas of large claims, small claims, family law, probate and adult guardianship.  The Clinic operates on Thursdays and Fridays from 2-4.

Family Law Workshops
The workshops are conducted in a group setting by a volunteer attorney and are free to low income residents of Milwaukee County. The workshops are designed to help the participant complete all the necessary court forms to establish, change or respond to a child custody, visitation or child support order.

Time Commitment
Volunteers commit to one regularly scheduled 2-hour shift per month.

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Milwaukee LGBT Community Center
Contact: Dave Martin, Operations Manager
Office: 315 W. Court Street, Suite 101
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone: (414) 271-2656
Fax: (414) 271-2161
Email: dmartin@mkelgbt.org
Web: www.mkelgbt.org

Since 1997, the Milwaukee Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Community has operated to improve the quality of life for LGBT people in Milwaukee. The Center brings together many vibrant and diverse organizations and individuals in order to meet the needs of community members, to organize and advocate for human rights, and to increase the visibility of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Home to more than three dozen organizations, the LGBT Center is a national model of collaboration, cohesion, and community.

Attorneys can volunteer at Legal Night, a service offered to the community at large. Attorneys provide consultation regarding various legal issues, including discrimination and partner agreements. Legal Night takes place at the center the second Thursday of the month during the school year, from 6 - 8:30 p.m.

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Milwaukee Synagogue for Russian Jews
Contact: Ester Riva Milchtein
Rabbi Alexander Milchtein
Office: 3575 N. Oakland Avenue, Suite 8
Shorewood, WI 53211
Phone: (414) 961-0234
Fax: (414) 332-3235
Email: ERM26@AOL.com
RabbiAM@AOL.com

The Milwaukee Synagogue for Russian Jews provides a variety of services to immigrants from the former U.S.S.R., including religious education, counseling, a food pantry, career assistance, crisis intervention, and general information and referrals.

Volunteer attorneys can take pro bono referrals on matters including incorporation of small businesses, family law, elder law, and discrimination.

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Modest Means Panel of the Milwaukee Bar Association
Contact: Britt Wegner
Office: Milwaukee Bar Association
424 E. Well Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-274-6768
Fax: 414-274-6765
Email: bwegner@milwbar.org

The Modest Means Panel of the Milwaukee Bar Association was designed to give the public another resource for low-income representation. The panel consists of attorneys that practice in various aspects of the law, including family, criminal, consumer, tenant, and probate. The attorneys who offer representation are private attorneys that are willing to work for an extremely reduced rate. To qualify, the person must be on some form of public assistance. This includes food stamps, medical aid, child care aid, W2, disability, etc.

We are always looking for attorneys to join the Modest Mean Panel. It offer attorneys a great opportunity to earn extra income in their practice, gain experience, and do a wonderful thing for the community. It also offers retired attorneys a chance to stay in the business with a limited case load.

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Task Force on Family Violence of Milwaukee
Contact: Liz Marquardt
Office: Task Force on Family Violence of Milwaukee
1400 N. 6th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone: 414-276-1911
Fax: 414-276-5001
Email: LMarquardt@tffv.org
Website: www.tffv.org

The Task Force on Family Violence of Milwaukee (TFFV) provides advocacy, education, and access to services to empower people to lead lives free from domestic violence. TFFV has four advocacy programs serving victims of domestic abuse, harassment/stalking and child abuse. These four programs are the Courthouse Advocacy Program, the Legal Emergency Assistance Program, the Children’s Advocacy Program, and Ending Violence through Education. In addition to the location listed above, TFFV has an office at the Milwaukee County Courthouse (901 N. 9th Street, Room 711).

Courthouse Advocacy Program
The advocates in this program help victims with safety planning (reviewing the risks of future violence and how to protect themselves and their children), sorting out the type of order needed, explore other options, explain the restraining order process, help with the restraining order paperwork, accompanying the victim to court, and helping find shelter, counseling or other services. The ultimate goal is to help the victim create a plan for ensuring their safety whether their decision is to stay with or leave the violent partner. In this program volunteers serve as legal advocates. These services are provided at the TFFV's courthouse location.

Legal Emergency Assistance Program, Children’s Advocacy Program,
and Ending Violence through Education

Advocates in these three programs provide case management style advocacy to provide what is needed for victims. This includes help finding food, clothing, housing, health care, counseling services and job referrals. Advocates may also help with problems related to custody, visitation, paternity, child support and restraining orders. Advocates provide quick legal information and referrals, including an eligibility assessment for (free) emergency legal services through our partnership with Legal Action of Wisconsin.

The TFFV collaborates with Legal Action of Wisconsin and the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) to provide legal services to victims of domestic violence. Attorneys interested in volunteering their services to represent these clients in injunction hearings, family law and other matters are encouraged to register with the VLP. The greatest need for pro bono attorneys is in divorce and custody cases. The TFFV assists with training provided by the VLP. The TFFV and VLP are especially interested in working with and training groups of lawyers from firms, committees or other organizations to work with these clients.

Finally the TFFV welcomes attorneys to serve on their board, and to work on various events and fundraising throughout the year.

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THE O.A.S.I.S.
Contact:: Susan Apthorp
Office: 2424 W. Mitchell Street.
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Phone: (414) 647-6053
Fax: (414) 647-6079
Email: apthorpsusan@yahoo.com

The O.A.S.I.S Center offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere to adults 50 years and older. Membership to Milwaukee residents is just $10.00 a year (non-residents pay $20.00). Membership includes use of the gym, chair yoga classes, ballroom and polka dancing. For a reasonable fee other classes are available in Spanish, piano, voice, guitar, and tap dance. The Center has visits from the library van every 3 weeks. A hot meal is provided by the County and served (to those who are registered) for up to $2.00.

Volunteer attorneys can provide basic advice at the Center in a variety of areas, including housing law, wills, or powers of attorney.

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Unemployment Appeals Clinic
Contact: Rebecca Salawdeh
Office: c/o Salawdeh Law Office LLC
2281 Swan Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
Phone: (414) 455-0117
Fax: (414) 918-4517
Email: rebecca@salawdehlaw.com

The Unemployment Appeals Clinic is operated in cooperation with Legal Action of Wisconsin and Marquette University Law School. Marquette Law students receive classroom training on unemployment and administrative law. As part of the class, the students are also required to present claimants in at least two hearings. Volunteer attorneys supervise the students during client intake interviews, and may assist in case development and witness preparation. Volunteer attorneys are not expected to attend the hearings with the students.

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More Ways to Get Involved

GENERAL INFORMATION - attorneys and guardian ad litem appointments
Contact: Chief Judge
Office: Milwaukee County Circuit Court
901 North 9th Street, Suite 609
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: (414) 278-5116
Fax: (414) 223-1264

Contact: Presiding Judge
Office: Milwaukee Municipal Court
951 North James Lovell Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: (414) 286-3808
Fax: (414) 286-3617

Contact: Kim Salas
Office: SPD
P.O. Box 7923
Madison, WI 53707
Phone: (608) 264-8562
Fax: (608) 261-0625

The Circuit and Municipal Courts must appoint counsel for a variety of purposes. Contact the chief or presiding judge of the Circuit or Municipal Court about your interest in and availability for appointment. You can also directly contact judges assigned to these dockets and ask about their respective appointing procedures. Most judges maintain lists of attorneys interested in accepting such appointments. The appointments often are paid, but at a reduced fee, usually the Wisconsin Supreme Court rate.

Appointments are made in the: 1) Misdemeanor and Felony Courts for criminal matters, 2) Children’s Court for juvenile delinquency matters, and 3) Civil Court for involuntary commitment matters in which defendants do not meet State Public Defender (SPD) legal representation standards, but meet the constitutional standard that they are unable to afford counsel.

The Probate, Family and Children’s Courts appoint guardians ad litem (GAL) for guardianships, domestic relations matters, child abuse and neglect, and termination of parental rights cases. The courts have a form to complete in which an attorney expresses his/her interest in appointment and by which the attorney certifies that s/he has completed the necessary GAL training or is otherwise eligible to accept appointments.

SPD appointments are made pursuant to the completion of a Certification Application. Appointments can be made for both trial and appellate court matters. Appointments are paid at a pre-determined rate, but lawyers are encouraged to offer services on a pro bono basis. A copy of the application is available at the SPD website: www.wisspd.org/html/acd/acd.asp.

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Volunteer Center of the Greater Milwaukee
Contact: Bonnie Andrews
Office: Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee
225 East Michigan Street, Suite 5
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 273-7887
Fax: (414) 273-0637
Email: opportunities@volunteermilwaukee.org
Web: www.volunteermilwaukee.org

Every day, thousands of people in Milwaukee change the world . . . they volunteer! There are so many ways to help, and everyone’s talents can be utilized as a volunteer. The Center’s website lists over 1,000 opportunities at 230 nonprofit agencies in Milwaukee. It is easy to get started, and you will have the satisfaction of helping others when you volunteer.

The Volunteer Center serves the whole community, with programs for individuals, groups, nonprofit agencies and companies. The Center also has a Board Placement Program to help prospective board members find service opportunities on a nonprofit committee or board of directors.

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