Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Annual Criminal Defense Conference 2011
Criminal Defense 2011: Meeting the Challenges in Changing Times
November 3 and 4, 2011
Patrick J. Anderson graduated cum laude from Marquette University Law School with his J.D. in 1991.
He also earned his B.A. in Economics from Marquette University. Mr. Anderson is an Assistant District
Attorney in Kenosha County and as a prosecutor he has tried numerous jury trials, including homicide.
Prior to becoming a prosecutor he did primarily insurance defense and appellate work. In addition to
being a prosecutor, he is an adjunct instructor at Cardinal Stritch University and has served on a variety of
boards and committees. Mr. Anderson has acted as an editor for selected chapters in Wisconsin Legal
Forms, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing, 1994. In addition to being admitted to practice in Wisconsin, he
is also admitted to practice in the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, Northern District of
Illinois, Northern District of Texas, the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, the 7th Circuit Court of
Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Peter Anderson has worked in the Training Division of the State Public Defender (SPD) since 2000.
Along with other Training Division activities, he provides support to the SPD’s Wisconsin Veterans’
Intervention Program. His current fascination with neurology and the brain began with his daughter’s
recommendation of the book “This is Your Brain on Music”. Peter holds a B.S. in Education from the
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Peter’s brain on music has included a four year stint as bass
player with the Blue Mountain Bluegrass Band in the late 70s and his current gig as cellist with the
Madison Community Orchestra.
Emily Bell is an attorney in private practice in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She received her law degree from
Marquette University in 2009.
Sam Benedict is the First Assistant State Public Defender in Waukesha, WI. He has been
employed as a staff attorney for the Wisconsin State Public Defender since 1979 after graduating
from The Ohio State University College of Law. In addition to defending juveniles and adults
charged with criminal offenses, he is a frequent lecturer on trial skills and juvenile law topics.
He is an adjunct professor of law at Marquette University Law School and teaches Juvenile Law.
He recently was lead counsel in State v. Andrew Wirth, a self-defense case that was broadcast in
September 2011 on “In Session”, formerly Court TV.
Amelia Bizzaro Marquette 2003, is an associate attorney at Henak Law Office, S.C., Milwaukee, a firm
dedicated solely to state and federal criminal appeals and post-conviction work. Prior to joining Henak
Law Office in 2005, she was the Director of the Legal Services Program at the AIDS Resource Center of
Wisconsin, Inc., and a staff attorney at Centro Legal por Derechos Humanos, Inc. She is a member of the
Wisconsin and National Associations of Criminal Defense Attorneys, as well as the state bar’s Appellate
Practice Section. She is co-chair of the Milwaukee Bar Association’s Bench/Bar Court of Appeals
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Daniel Blinka is a professor of law at Marquette University Law School where he teaches courses in
evidence, legal ethics, criminal law and procedure, trial advocacy, and American history. He also speaks
at CLE sessions for lawyers sponsored by the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Bar Association
as well as to Wisconsin’s judges on behalf of the Director of State Courts. His publications include books
on evidence, criminal procedure, and trial advocacy for West and LexisNexis as well as law review
articles on evidence, ethics, and legal history. He received his J.D., cum laude, and Ph.D. (American
history) from the University of Wisconsin –Madison.
Donna Boutelle has been a Payroll and Benefits Specialist with the Office of the State Public Defender
since December 1999. Prior to that Ms. Boutelle worked as a legal secretary in the Madison Appellate
office as well as in private law firms in Madison and La Crosse.
Jerry Buting received his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1981. He
is part of Buting and Williams, S.C. in Brookfield. His areas of practice include criminal law, drunk
driving, domestic violence, drug charges, homicides and violent crimes, internet crimes, white collar
crimes, sex offenses and juvenile offenses. Mr. Buting is a member of the National Association of
Criminal Defense Lawyers, having served on the NACDL Board of Directors from 1990 to 1992, and is
current Chair of the State Bar’s Criminal Law Section.
Raeshann D. Canady is an Attorney Manager in the Milwaukee Trial office of the Wisconsin State
Public Defender and represents adults in many different types of misdemeanor and felony cases. Ms.
Canady is the head of the office’s Domestic Violence Practice Group and a member of the office’s
Homicide Practice Group, Revocation Team and the Milwaukee County Drug Treatment Court Program.
Prior to receiving her law degree and joining the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office, Ms. Canady
earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan and worked with children and
families at the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare, Kids Matter and Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee.
Ms. Canady is a faculty member at Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
where she teaches a variety of courses, including Advocacy and Social Change, Cultural Diversity and
Social Welfare and the Law.
Catherine Crawford is a Clinical Associate Professor at Northwestern University Law School in
Chicago. She specializes in juvenile justice, criminal law and the death penalty, and clinical education.
She is also a staff attorney at the Children and Family Justice Center of the Northwestern Legal Clinic.
She supervises second and third year law students in the representation of indigent defendants in adult
criminal and juvenile delinquency proceedings, focusing on cases involving allegations of police brutality
and/or prosecutorial misconduct.
Susan Daniel is the Regional Office Administrator for the SPD’s Madison Trial Region.
Kyle Davis is in private practice in Sparta, Wisconsin specializing in criminal defense. He was previously
an Assistant State Public Defender and Attorney Manager in the State Public Defender’s Sparta office.
Josh Diehl is a Senior Criminal Defense Investigator for the Waukesha SPD’s Office. He was honorably
discharged from the United States Marine Corps as a Sergeant (E-5) after completing five years of
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service. Josh earned a degree in Human Services from MATC Madison in 2001 and worked for almost
five years as a Correctional Officer at Waupun and Oakhill Correctional Institutions.
Susan Endress is an Advocacy Specialist with Disability Rights Wisconsin, Inc in Milwaukee.
Keith Findley teaches in the clinical programs at the Law School's Frank J. Remington Center, where
he has served as co-director of the Criminal Appeals Project and where he co-directs the Wisconsin
Innocence Project (which he co-founded with Professor John Pray). He currently serves as the president
of the Innocence Network, an affiliation of 54 innocence projects in the United States, Canada, the United
Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. Through the Wisconsin Innocence Project, students investigate
and litigate claims of actual innocence based upon newly discovered evidence on behalf of wrongly
convicted prisoners. Through the Criminal Appeals Project, students work under public defender and
court appointments representing state and federal defendants appealing their criminal convictions and
Prof. Findley's primary areas of expertise are in criminal defense work and appellate advocacy. He has
previously worked as an Assistant State Public Defender in Wisconsin, both in the Appellate and Trial
Divisions. He has litigated hundreds of postconviction and appellate cases, at all levels of state and
federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. At the Law School, he has taught criminal
procedure, and regularly teaches courses on appellate advocacy and wrongful convictions. He also
lectures and teaches nationally on appellate advocacy and wrongful convictions.
Ralph Adam Fine has been a District I Court of Appeals judge since 1988. Before that, he served as a
Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge from 1979 to 1988, where, during his one year in the felony
division, his acquittal rate fluctuated between 35 and 40%. Judge Fine is author of numerous books,
including Escape of the Guilty, Fine’s Wisconsin Evidence, the How-to-Win Trial Manual, and the How-
to-Win Appeal Manual. He received the William J. Brennan award for his efforts to improve the quality
of the trial bar. He travels around the country to present multi-day, intensive, hands-on workshops for
small groups of trial and appellate lawyers. He has given several pro bono presentations to Wisconsin
State Public Defender attorneys.
Jennifer Friedman has been a Deputy Public Defender in Los Angeles County for over 24 years. She is
currently the Assistant Special Circumstances Coordinator and Forensic Science Coordinator for the Los
Angeles County Public Defender’s Office. Ms. Friedman assists in the supervision of the office’s capital
cases and represents clients charged with capital murder. She has tried over 130 felony jury trials many of
which were sexual assaults and homicides involving complex scientific issues. Ms. Friedman writes the
expert section of the California Death Penalty Manual. She is a frequent lecturer on the death penalty and
the use of forensic sciences in the courts. Ms. Friedman is a member of California Crime Laboratory
Review Task Force.
Ana Gonzalez is a Legal Secretary in the SPD’s Milwaukee Trial Office.
Steven Gregory is a criminal defense investigator with the SPD’s Milwaukee Trial Office.
Donna Harris has a BA in Sociology and Criminal Justice. She began her career with the WI
Department of Corrections in 1993, when she was hired as a Probation Parole Agent in Milwaukee. In
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1996 she joined the Milwaukee County Court Services Project where she helped develop that program,
and wrote over 200 PSI's.
In 1998 Donna promoted to a Corrections Field Supervisor. She began her supervisory career
developing and supervising the 2nd shift Absconder Unit in Milwaukee. She has supervised a
Comprehensive Unit as well as other specialty units including, Intake and the Revocation Unit.
In 2006 Donna began supervising the Milwaukee Interstate Compact office. She also became the
Training Coordinator for the Division of Community Corrections in the Milwaukee area. Donna has
developed and provided training both locally and statewide for over 14 years. Subjects include: Time
Management, WI Criminal Laws, Levels of Services Inventory (LSIR), PSI Sentencing Grid, Cognitive
Interventions Program, Motivational Interviewing Techniques, Interstate Compact, and Managing Poor
Rob R. Henak founded Henak Law Office, S.C., has focused his practice on the defense of criminal
cases, and has limited his practice almost exclusively to federal sentencing, state and federal post-
conviction work and criminal appeals since 1987. He has represented people charged with crimes on
post-conviction matters throughout Wisconsin and on appeal in the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and
Supreme Court, as well as a number of federal district courts and circuit courts of appeals. To date, his
cases have resulted in nearly 100 published decisions and a much larger number of unpublished decisions.
Mr. Henak received the William M. Coffey Memorial Award in 2009. That award is the highest honor
bestowed by the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Jennifer Hendricks earned her Batchelor’s Degree in Psychology, Sociology and a Certificate in
Criminal Justice and Master’s of Science in Social Work (MSSW) degree at the University of Wisconsin,
Madison. Ms. Hendricks worked for the City of Madison, Community Development Authority, as a
grants coordinator for approximately 3½ years before she accepted a Client Services Specialist position at
the State Public Defender in June of 1999. Ms. Hendricks currently works in the Madison Trial Office as
the Client Services Coordinator.
Shannon Holmes obtained a B.S. in Criminal Justice from UW-Oshkosh. She began her experience with
the SPD as an investigative intern in the Appleton office during college in 2006. Ms. Holmes was later
hired by the Baraboo office as an Investigator, and has been with the agency for 2 years.
Tina Houston is a criminal defense investigator with the SPD’s Milwaukee Trial Office.
Jared Hoy holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Counseling and Therapy.
He has worked in the field of Corrections since 1999 and began working in the field as a sex offender
counselor for a community-based mental health agency in Duluth, MN. He continued this work for
Arrowhead Regional Corrections in Duluth, MN until moving on to do research and outcome evaluation
for the same agency in 2005. In 2007, Mr. Hoy became employed by the WI Department of Corrections
supervising a field office in Superior, WI. Currently he is the Program & Policy Chief for the Division of
Community Corrections in WI. Mr. Hoy was an original member of the Division's Evidence Based
Practice Committee as well as the Risk and Needs Assessment Procurement Team that recommended the
use of COMPAS in the State of WI. Over the past 18 months, he has served on the Department's Unified
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Corrections Coalition, facilitating the implementation of COMPAS for the Division of Community
Stephen P. Hurley received his J.D. in 1972 from the University of Illinois College of Law at
Champaign-Urbana. He is a shareholder in the law firm Hurley, Burish & Stanton, S.C., in Madison, WI.
Mr. Hurley concentrates his practice on business and criminal litigation. He has been a member of the
University of Wisconsin Law School adjunct faculty since 1989 teaching trial advocacy and evidence. He
received the Warren L. Stopler award for the most outstanding adjunct member of the instructional staff
of the University of Wisconsin Law School. Mr. Hurley is a fellow of the American College of Trial
Lawyers, and was a Master Bencher in the James E. Doyle Inn of Court.
Craig Johnson practices in the areas of labor and employment law and criminal defense. He received his
law degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin in 1993 and BA from Pacific University in
1984. During law school Craig was Associate Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review.
Craig spent 13 years as a trial attorney with the State Public Defender’s office. He litigated dozens of jury
trials in offenses ranging from misdemeanor disorderly conduct to homicide. For his accomplishments in
indigent criminal defense he received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the State Public
Defender Board of Directors in 1997, was recognized in the “Rising Star” category of Milwaukee
Magazine’s Best Lawyers issue (1999) and was named by the Wisconsin Law Journal as a “Leader in the
Law” in 2007.
Craig is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense
Attorneys, and is on the Board of Directors of the Milwaukee Lawyers Chapter of the American
Constitution Society for Law and Policy.
Honorable Joan Kessler is a Judge for the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. She serves in the 1st division,
which represents Milwaukee County. She has served in this position since 2004. Judge Kessler was re-
elected to another term in the April 6, 2010 general election. She received her B.A. degree from the
University of Kansas in 1966 and her J.D. degree from Marquette University Law School in 1968
Judge Kessler began her legal career in 1968 as a clerk for U.S. District Court Judge John Reynolds of the
Eastern District of Wisconsin. A year later, she began working as a private practice attorney. In 1978, she
became a U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. She returned to the private practice of law
in 1981 and worked in this capacity until she joined the Court of Appeals in 2004.
Tanner Kilander graduated from Marquette University Law School in 2002. She was a social worker
for several private agencies within the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare, working with families
involved in child abuse and neglect. Ms. Kilander joined the Public Defender’s Office in June 2011.
While in law school she and a classmate started the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic, which now
provides free walk-in legal advice in five locations city wide.
Erin King has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a comprehensive major in Criminal Justice from the
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and she is a June 2011 graduate of the Enterprise Leadership
Academy. Ms. King began working with the juvenile population at a residential treatment center in 1992
and in 1994 as an adult probation and parole agent with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. She
was promoted to a Corrections Field Supervisor position in 2001. As a supervisor, she helped create re-
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entry resource meetings for offenders, trained area law enforcement on DCC's Search Policy and
developed the Milwaukee Region 3 Law Enforcement/District Attorney After Hours Phone Line. In June
of 2010, Ms. King joined the Unified Corrections Coalition working on the COMPAS Project as a
divisional representative and also as a member of the Labor Management Workload Committee. In
August of 2011, she accepted a position in the Office of the Secretary's Re-entry Unit as a Program and
Policy Analyst - Cross Divisional Coordinator, working on the COMPAS Project.
Bridget Krause graduated from Marquette University Law School. Attorney Krause worked for the
Wisconsin State Public Defenders Office – Milwaukee Trial Division from 2000 until 2009. She litigated
misdemeanor and felony offenses and presented numerous training programs in the areas of evidence and
motion practice. From November 2009 October 2011 Ms. Krause joined Kim & LaVoy, S.C. she litigated
drunk driving, domestic violence, drug offenses, sexual assaults, and homicides. Attorney Krause also
handled drug offenses and child pornography cases in the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Attorney Krause
is also an adjunct professor of law at Marquette University Law School where she teaches trial advocacy.
Ms. Krause is an active member of Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Milwaukee
Bar Association, the Waukesha County Bar Association, and the Washington County Bar Association.
Danuta Kurczewski is a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee.
Blanche Kushner graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1982. She has been an
Assistant State Public Defender in the Milwaukee Juvenile/Mental Health Office since 1985. She
represents respondents in civil commitment proceedings.
Shirley LaFontaine received her professional in Human Resources Certification (PHR) in 2004. She has
been an H R professional for the past 19 years and is a certified mediator. Ms. LaFontaine is currently
employed as a Training Officer at the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection in
Madison, WI. She is responsible for the development, delivering, administration and execution of the
agency wide training program. Ms. LaFontaine is Secretary-Treasurer of the Wisconsin State Training
Counsel, a member of the Society of Human Resources (SHRM), and the Wisconsin Jefferson County
Chapter of SHRM.
Michele LaVigne is a Clinical Professor of law at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Prior to
joining the Law School’s faculty, she worked as a State Public Defender in Madison. Ms. LaVigne
teaches criminal law and practice, professional responsibility, and trial advocacy. She is also the director
of the Public Defender Project. Ms. LaVigne is currently working with Gregory Van Rybroek, J.D., PhD,
on research and scholarship related to the communicative, behavioral, and legal implications of language
impairments among populations frequently found in the juvenile and criminal justice system.
Kay Lawrence has a Certificate of Training from UW-Milwaukee, a Master’s Degree in Public
Administration from the University of Iowa, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and
Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been the Training Coordinator and
Employee Assistance Program Director at the Department of Public Instruction since July of 1999. Ms.
Lawrence has previously worked as a policy analyst for the State of Wisconsin and in various positions
with Dane County Human Services. She develops and facilitates professional development sessions on
various topics, including effective meeting skills, presentation skills, and respectful workplace conduct.
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Robert LeBell has over 29 years of experience in the areas of State and Federal, and Trial and Appellate
criminal litigation. Typical cases involve charges of homicide, sexual assault, child molestation, drug
violations, RICO conspiracy, and white collar offenses. He has been involved in thousands of criminal
felony proceedings including all facets of trial and appellate practice. Attorney LeBell has extensive
experience representing individuals who are the subject of civil sex predator commitment proceedings at
both trial and appellate levels. He has presented numerous arguments before the Wisconsin Supreme
Court and the United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Devon Lee has been with the Wisconsin State Public Defenders’ office since 2001, first as a juvenile trial
attorney and currently as an appellate attorney.
Mike Lettman is Director of Information Security/CISO for the State of Wisconsin.
Michael Lieberman is a 1992 graduate of the Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. where he
served as the Executive Editor of the Journal of International Law and Policy. He was an Assistant
Federal Public Defender in the Eastern District of Virginia and spent several years in private practice in
Alexandria, VA where he represented defendants in both state and federal criminal cases. Mr. Lieberman
is now the Supervisory Associate Federal Defender in charge of the Madison Office of Federal Defenders
Services of Wisconsin, Inc. and has been there since 2005.
Alejandro Lockwood is an attorney manager in the SPD’s Milwaukee Trial Office.
Terence MacCarthy spent 42 years with the Federal Defender Program of the Northern District of
Illinois. He continues to be an essential part of the Federal Defender Program, participating in
continuing legal education training and mentoring of the defense attorneys who participate in the
program. Mr. MacCarthy is a nationally sought-after speaker and his presentation “Look Good
Cross” is world-renowned.
Craig Mastantuono earned his J.D. at DePaul University College of Law, and his B.B.A. at Loyola
University of Chicago. He started his career in 1992 at the Waukesha County Trial Office of the
Wisconsin State Public Defender, where he focused on defending drug prosecutions. Mr. Mastantuono’s
more recent trial work includes representing the national leader of the American Outlaws Association
Motorcycle Club in consecutive jury trials against RICO charges brought in federal court in the Eastern
District of Virginia. Despite trying cases to juries regularly over the course of his career, he freely admits
that plea negotiation and sentencing hearings are a more frequent part of his practice. Attorney
Mastantuono has been listed each year from 2005 to 2011 in Law and Politics Magazine’s Super Lawyers
publication in the criminal defense category. He was recognized as a Leader in the Law by the Wisconsin
Law Journal in 2008, and was honored as one of the United Way’s Philanthropic 5 in 2009 for his firm’s
charitable support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee.
Will Mattert obtained a B.S. in Criminal Justice from UW-Whitewater. He has been a SPD Investigator
since 2004, and has worked in the Baraboo and Milwaukee Trial and Madison Appellate Offices.
Michael K. McChrystal earned his law degree from Marquette and his undergraduate degree from
Michigan. Mr. McChrystal is Professor of Law at Marquette University Law School, where he also has
been Chair of Strategic Planning since 2004. He teaches in the fields of legal ethics, torts, and privacy
law. Mr. McChrystal was Reporter for the Wisconsin Supreme Court Ethics 2000 Committee, whose
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report was the basis for the substantial revisions to the Wisconsin Rules of Professional Conduct that took
effect on July 1, 2007. His work has been published by the William and Mary Law Review, the Notre
Dame Law Review, the Oregon Law Review, the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, and other
scholarly journals. Mr. McChrystal is a frequent speaker and consultant on legal ethics.
Tyrone Moncriffe is Board Certified in Criminal Law. He is certified first chair in Death Penalty cases
in Harris County, Texas. Tyrone is Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is a
faculty member of the Criminal Law Institute. He graduated from Texas Southern University Magna
Cum Laude and Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 1982. He has been in private practice since 1983
where he handles criminal cases. He is an active faculty member of the Trial Advocacy Institute where he
assists with training members in various trial tactics such as voir dire, direct/cross examination and the
psychology of stories as they relate to trials. He is an active member of many professional associations
and a past Director of TCDLA.
J.C. Moore is an attorney manager in the Milwaukee Trial SPD Office.
Monica Murphy is an attorney with Disability Rights Wisconsin, Inc. She received her law degree in
1986 from the University of Wisconsin Madison. In 2011, she was named one of the Women in the Law
by the Wisconsin Law Journal.
Michael M. O’Hear is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School. He is a professor of law at
Marquette University Law School since 2000. Mr. O’Hear was appointed the Law School’s first
Associate Dean for research in 2008. A nationally recognized authority on sentencing and federal
criminal law, Dean O’Hear teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and related courses. He is an
editor of the Federal Sentencing Reporter and the author of more than forty scholarly articles on
sentencing and criminal procedure. Dean O'Hear is a member of the Milwaukee Fire and Police
Commission and the Seventh Circuit Advisory Committee on Circuit Rules. He has chaired the Federal
Nominating Commission to Appoint the United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Wisconsin. In
2009, he was awarded the Robert W. Warren Public Service Award by the Eastern District of Wisconsin
Cheryl Olson is a Payroll and Benefits Specialist with the SPD. She has worked in this capacity with the
agency since 1993.
Laurie Sazama Osberg began her legal career in 1983 as an Assistant District Attorney in Ashland,
Wisconsin. With the encouragement of the local Public Defender Frank Fassino, she joined the Rice
Lake office of the State Public Defender when it opened in 1985. Since then, Ms. Osberg has been a staff
attorney, handling the entire spectrum of cases from Homicide and Sexual Predator cases to Retail Theft
of a Bic lighter and Child Support contempt. Too young to retire and too old to learn another profession,
she expects to spend many more years annoying prosecutors with preliminary hearings and judges with
heartfelt and sometimes sound legal arguments. Ms. Osberg is currently in the Eau Claire Pubic Defender
Cindy Papka is a private investigator for Badger State Investigative Service in Milwaukee.
Leslie Patrow works as a Program Assistant Supervisor in the Eau Clair Trial Division Office and has
been there since April of 1989.
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Larry Peterson is Policy and Project Analyst with the State Public Defender’s Administration Office in
Madison. He was previously an Assistant State Public Defender in the SPD’s Janesville office.
Timothy Pierce is Ethics Counsel for the State Bar of Wisconsin. He received his undergraduate degree
from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law
School. Mr. Pierce was previously a Deputy Director at the Office of Lawyer Regulation. He has also
been 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.
Adam Plotkin received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-
Madison in 2000. He is the Legislative Liaison for the Office of the Public Defender. Mr. Plotkin began
working for the State Public Defender in January 2011. Prior to that, he worked for Representative turned
Senator Spencer Coggs for 8 ½ years in various capacities. Adam served as policy advisor, committee
clerk for the Senate Committee on Labor, Elections, and Urban Affairs, and office manager for Senator
Coggs. Mr. Plotkin is also an active member of the community, most notably as President of Capitol
Neighborhoods, Inc. (the downtown Madison neighborhood association) and Secretary of the Dane
County Emergency Medical Services Commission.
Gary Poindexter is an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor specializing in handguns and personal defense.
He has been a handgun instructor for over 30 years and has over 15 years of law enforcement experience.
Mr. Poindexter teaches basic handgun safety to adults and children, basic self-defense (lethal and non-
lethal), tactical shooting, and strategies for personal and home defense.
Dennis Purtell is an attorney manager in the SPD’s Milwaukee Juvenile/Mental Health Office.
Rhoda Ricciardi is a Family Court Commissioner for Dane County. She previously was as Assistant
State Public Defender in the agency’s Madison region.
Donna Riemer is a Board Certified Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse, Registered Nurse Consultant and
Certified Traumatologist with over 20 years of clinical nursing experience. Her experiences include
mental health nursing, (civil and forensics), with children, adolescents and adults. Ms. Riemer has also
had extensive experience working with adults and their families residing in long term care, dementia and
end of life care settings. She has provided care in these areas as primary care giver, nurse leader, nurse
educator, and nurse manager. Ms. Riemer has also worked as a crisis intervention worker in a shelter for
women and children of domestic abuse and intimate partner violence.
Ms. Riemer was recognized as Nurse of the Year in 2000 for the State of Wisconsin. She has been
awarded the 2009 International Association of Forensic Nursing Achievement Award, for her
accomplishments in the field of Forensic Nursing, and recipient of the International Association of
Nurses "Top Forensic Psychiatric Nurse" in Madison, Wisconsin in 2010. In addition, she is an active
member of the International Association of Forensics Nursing (IAFN), and member of the American
Psychiatric Nursing Association (APNA). She has served on the APNA Seclusion and Restraint Task
Force in 2007, and the 2008 APNA Workplace Violence Task Force. She was recognized in the
September 2008 issue of Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment, (PAVE) Newsletter, for her
efforts that have resulted in a significant reduction of violence and re- traumatization in a forensic
psychiatric hospital setting.
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Currently, in addition to working full time as a Forensic Nurse Manager, she continues her educations as
she works towards completing her Clinical Traumatology Certification, and is a Public Key Note Speaker
providing education to those interested in learning how to recognize and manage work related stress by
enhancing verbal and nonverbal communication and self- care skills.
Paul Rudof is an attorney with the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Massachusetts.
Honorable Richard Sankovitz is a Circuit Court Judge in Milwaukee County. He was appointed in 1996
and was re-elected in 1997, 2003 and 2009. He currently serves in the felony division. Previously he
served in the civil division. He has presided over each of the court's specialty calendars, domestic
violence, drugs, guns and homicide/sexual assault. He received his law degree from Harvard University in
Hannah Schieber is a 2011 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. She is an attorney with
the Milwaukee Appellate Division of the Office of the State Public Defender. Ms. Schieber previously
worked as an intern for Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin in Madison, the State Public Defender’s
Office in Baraboo, and Judge Higginbotham of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District IV. She also
served as a Managing Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review and Vice President of the Wisconsin Moot
John Schiro, of Schiro & Zarzynski in Milwaukee, is the firm's leader in criminal and traffic
defense. Defending persons charged with a crime is not only John's profession, but also his
passion. He has been a tireless force in the criminal justice system throughout the State of
Wisconsin for many years. As an active member in the Wisconsin Association of Criminal
Defense Attorneys since its inception, Attorney Schiro is well-known and admired by his
colleagues. He is a long-standing member of the National Association of Criminal Defense
Attorneys (President's Club Member), was selected to join the National College for DUI Defense
Attorneys, and has been named a Wisconsin Super Lawyer in Criminal Defense for the last three
Honorable Michael A. Schumacher earned his B.A. from St. Cloud State University and then his J.D.
from the University Of Nebraska School Of Law. Mr. Schumacher is a Circuit Court Judge for Eau
Claire County, Wisconsin. Judge Schumacher served on the board of directors for the Wisconsin
Association for Justice and is a Judicial Fellow of the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He presides
over the AIM treatment court (Alternatives to Incarcerating Mothers) and is a member of the Eau Claire
County Treatment Court Advisory Board. Judge Schumacher is chair of the Eau Claire County Evidence
Based Decision Making Policy Team and a member of the Eau Claire County Criminal Justice
Collaborating Council. He lectures frequently on Evidence Based Decision Making. He is on the board of
directors of TRY Mediation. He is a member of the Wisconsin Civil Bench Book Committee and is an
instructor at the Wisconsin Judicial College.
Jeff Schwartz is an attorney manager in the SPD’s Milwaukee Trial Office.
Mark Silverman is an attorney with Legal Action of Wisconsin, where he also serves as Housing Law
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Terri Sorrentino is a Government Consultant with LexisNexis. She received her law degree from
DePaul University College of Law in 1991.
Vivian Sovinsky is the Outreach Coordinator for the Shambhala Meditation Center in Milwaukee.
Peter J. Stephens, MD earned his B.S. and M.D. from McGill University. He became Board Certified in
Anatomic and Clinical Pathology in November 1970. For almost 20 years Dr. Stephens practiced
pathology; which included forensic pathology for county medical examiners, in Michigan and Iowa. In
1984 he became Board Certified in Forensic Pathology. Dr. Stephens was the acting Iowa State Medical
Examiner for one year before becoming the Deputy State Medical Examiner for 10 years. The 10 years
following that he practiced hospital pathology in Cedar Rapid, IA which included forensic pathology for
county medical examiners. From 2001 to present Dr. Stephens has been a consultant in Forensic
Pathology in Burnsville, NC.
Kyana Stephens is an Assistant Federal Defender with the Federal Public Defender for the Western
District of Washington in Seattle, Washington.
Marla J. Stephens (Marquette 1981) has been the Director of the Appellate Division for the Wisconsin
State Public Defender (SPD). Prior to her appointment as Director, she worked as a staff attorney in the
SPD’s Milwaukee Trial Division office, and as a staff attorney, then First Assistant, in the Milwaukee
Appellate Division office. Ms. Stephens serves as the Public Defender’s designee on the Wisconsin
Judicial Council, and chairs the Council’s Appellate Procedure Committee. She is a member of the
Association for Women Lawyers Foundation Board, and chairs their Scholarship Committee. She is also
a member of the Criminal Law and Appellate Practice Sections of the State Bar, the National and
Wisconsin Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Milwaukee Bar Association and the
Association for Women Lawyers. She also served as Chair of the Wisconsin Judicial Council (2000-
2010), as a member of the State Bar Board of Governors (2006-2010) and its Executive Committee, and
on the Joint Legislative Council Study Committees on Placement of Sex Offenders (2006) and Criminal
Justice System Funding and Strategies (2010).
Kathleen Stilling is a partner in the Brookfield law firm of Buting & Williams, S.C. She has recently
returned to the firm after serving her term as a Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge, where her
legal knowledge and professionalism were widely recognized. As a judge, Attorney Stilling presided over
criminal jury trials, motion hearings, sentencing hearings and post-conviction cases. She received her
undergraduate degree and her law degree from the University of Wisconsin. She is a founding member
and past president of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and a member of the
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Association for Women Lawyers. Attorney
Stilling was an Assistant State Public Defender in the Milwaukee trial office from 1981 - 1989 and her
present private practice is entirely criminal defense, both trials and appeals. She defends adult and
juvenile clients in cases involving sexual offenses, drugs, alcohol and domestic violence. She lectures in
the areas of sexual assault cases, ethics and trial practice. One of her articles has become a popular
primer on defense of child sexual cases. WISN radio host Mark Belling called her the "Go-to lawyer in
the state of Wisconsin" for child sex cases. (air date: July 12, 2010).
Tony Streveler holds a Masters degree in Science and Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-
Madison. He has over 25 years of experience in the criminal justice field. Within the Wisconsin
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Department of corrections Mr. Streveler has held various administrative positions, emphasizing in
designing and implementing mental health and correctional programs. He serves as the policy advisor to
the Secretary for major departmental initiatives. Mr. Streveler holds key responsibilities for complex
policy and rule-making development, management of cross-departmental issues, analysis of legislation
and other factors affecting the implementation of major departmental initiative.
John Swiertz is an investigator in the Milwaukee Juvenile/Mental Health Office where he has worked for
the past 9 years. Prior to that John spent 11 years in the Fond du Lac Region working as a Client Services
Specialist and Investigator.
Kelli Thompson is the State Public Defender. Kelli received her undergraduate degree in Political
Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993, and her law degree from Marquette
University in 1996.
Kelli began her career with the State Public Defender's Office (SPD) in 1996, working first as an intern
while attending law school and then being hired as a Trial Attorney in the SPD's Milwaukee Trial Office.
In 2001, Kelli went to work for a public relations firm, Zigman Joseph Stephenson, as Legislative
Counsel. In 2002, she was appointed as a Commissioner to the Wisconsin Personnel Commission. Kelli
returned to the SPD in 2003, and served as Training Director and Legal Counsel and Deputy State Public
Defender before being appointed State Public Defender in 2011.
Kelli is active in a variety of community organizations, including the Wisconsin Literacy Council and the
Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation.
Mike Tobin has worked for the SPD since 1979, except for two years off in the mid-eighties for good
behavior. He started as a staff attorney in the Shell Lake office in 1979 and moved to Eau Claire in 1980
after budgetary considerations resulted in the Shell Lake office closing. Mr. Tobin left the agency in 1984
to teach at the University of Puget Sound Law School, before returning to the SPD in 1986 as First
Assistant of the Hudson region.
Mr. Tobin was appointed Deputy State Public Defender in 2011. Prior to his appointment, Mike served as
the Trial Division Director for 16 years. He has spoken at numerous SPD training programs, co-authored
two chapters of the SPD Policies and Procedures Manual, and authored 4 supplements to the Wisconsin
Criminal Defense Manual published by the State Bar, including the 2005 supplement. He has served on
the Wisconsin Sentencing Commission since its inception in 2003 and on PPAC (State Courts’ Policy and
Planning Advisory Committee) since 2001. He has co-taught a criminal procedure course at the
University of Wisconsin Law School since 1998. He is also Vice-Chair of the State Bar’s Law-Related
Mr. Tobin earned his undergraduate degree at Swarthmore College and his law degree at the University of
Texas at Austin.
James Trainum is a retired Detective from the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department with
27 years served. The last 19 years on the job he was assigned to the homicide branch. Mr. Trainum
created and was the director of the department’s Violent Crime Case Review Project which oversaw the
review of old homicide cases. He has presented at universities, police academies, legislative bodies, and
conferences on various topics ranging from cold case investigative techniques, criminal profiling,
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avoiding investigative pitfalls, videotaping of interrogations, police reform issues, and false confessions.
Mr. Trainum is a member of the International Homicide Investigators Association, the Homicide
Research Group, and the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group. He is also member of
the board of the Mid-Atlantic Homicide Investigators Association. He is the recipient of the Ethics in
Law Enforcement Award. Mr. Trainum is the co-author of a chapter in the book Criminal Investigative
Failures in which he details the circumstances surrounding a false confession which he obtained in 1994.
He recently completed an assessment of the interrogation practices of the New Orleans Police Department
at the request of the U. S. Department of Justice. Currently consulting on both open cases and alleged
wrongful conviction cases, Mr. Trainum reviews cases as a volunteer with the National Center for
Missing and Exploited Children as well as the Parents of Murdered Children’s Second Opinion Services
Ed Ungvarsky is Chief Public Defender for the Capital Defender for Northern Virginia.
Deja Vishny heads the Homicide Practice Group in the Milwaukee Office of the Wisconsin State Public
Defender and is an agency Training Coordinator. She teaches Trial Advocacy at Marquette Law School
and is on the Board of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Wisconsin State Bar
Criminal Law Board. She is also on the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College, where she has
taught for a dozen years.
Nicole Wacker joined the agency in September 2010 and works as an Assistant State Public
Defender in the Waukesha Trial Office. Prior to her graduation from law school, she worked as
an intern in the Waukesha Office through the Public Defender Project at University of Wisconsin
Law School. She was co-counsel in State v. Andrew Wirth.
DeeDee Watson has been employed with the Wisconsin State Public Defenders Office since 1986 as both
a trial attorney and First Assistant of the Madison Trial Office.
Robert Webb is an attorney manager in the Milwaukee Trial SPD Office.
Dudley A. Williams has been defending OWI and other criminal cases throughout the state of Wisconsin
since 1981. He was a Public Defender in the Milwaukee Trial Office for six years before entering private
practice. Mr. Williams is a partner in the firm of Buting, Williams & Stilling S.C. , which concentrates its
practice in the areas of criminal defense, civil rights and appeals, with offices in Waukesha and
Milwaukee. He has lectured extensively on issues related to the defense of impaired driving cases and
Sandra Wise has been with the Wisconsin State Public Defender for ten years and began her career as a
Legal Secretary in the Milwaukee Trial office in 2001. She was promoted to Program Assistant
Supervisor in 2004 in the Kenosha Trial office. Since 2005, Ms. Wise serves as Regional Office
Administrator for the Racine Region of the agency. She believes in the agency mission and enjoys
working with their clients. Ms. Wise also completed the agency Leadership Development Program (LDP)
in 2005 and currently serves as the LDP Liaison.
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