2009 WISCONSIN STATE PUBLIC DEFENDER CONFERENCE
Mary Lou Leary was appointed Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice
Programs at the United States Department of Justice in May 2009. Prior to that, she served as
Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime, a private nonprofit in
Washington, DC, for four years. From 1999 to 2001, Ms. Leary’s service at the U.S.
Department of Justice included Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice
Programs, Deputy Associate Attorney General for the Office of the Associate Attorney General,
and Acting Director of the Office of Community Policing Services.
Ms. Leary has also served as United States Attorney, Principal Assistant and then Senior Counsel
to the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, and Director of the Superior Court
Division. Her career included extensive trial and grand jury experience as Assistant United States
Attorney in the District of Columbia and Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County,
Munjed Ahmad is an attorney with the Law Office of Munjed A. Ahmad, LLC in Milwaukee.
Chris Ahmuty is Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin and
the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin Foundation.
Craig Albee is a partner in the criminal defense firm of Glynn, Fitzgerald & Albee, S.C. A
graduate of the University of Wisconsin, he received his B.A. in 1985 and his J.D., cum laude, in
1990. Following law school, he served as a law clerk for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice
William A. Bablitch. Since 1991, he has been in private practice defending those accused of
crimes in state and federal court, including on appeal. He serves on the Board of Directors of the
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America,
and was named as one of the top seventy-five lawyers in Milwaukee by Milwaukee Magazine
and as a top 50 SuperLawyer by Wisconsin SuperLawyers.
Judge John Albert is a Circuit Court Judge in Dane county. He was appointed to the bench in
1999. He obtained both his B.A. and J.D. Degrees from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to
becoming judge, he worked for the Legal Services Center of Dane County and was in private
practice focused on criminal and civil litigation having been certified twice by the National
Board of Trial Advocacy.
Linda Albert is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
She received her Master’s Degree from UW-Madison in Social Work. She has professional
assessment/treatment/referral competencies in the areas of addictions, eating disorders,
depression, anxiety, trauma and illness impacted by stress. Ms. Albert has worked over the past
25 years as an administrator, consultant, trainer and psychotherapist in a variety of settings
including providing services to impaired professionals. She has worked with the Illinois
Criminal Justice Authority training State’s Attorneys. She has also worked for the Illinois
Winnebago County State’s Attorneys office and others as an expert witness. She has done
multiple presentations for conferences at the local, state and national level. Currently Linda is
employed by the State Bar of Wisconsin as the Wisconsin Lawyers Assistance (WisLap)
Judge Carl Ashley Prior to being elected as a Circuit Court Judge, Judge Ashley spent seven
years practicing law in the State Public Defender’s Office, specializing in children’s law. He
opened his law practice in 1989. During his private practice, he was involved in litigation on
custody issues as parent’s counsel as well as guardian ad litem.
Judge Ashley was elected to Milwaukee County Circuit Court in 1999. He has served in general
misdemeanor court, domestic violence court, juvenile dependency and delinquency court,
homicide/sexual assault court and he is presently assigned felony drug court.
In 2001, he was assigned to the Domestic Violence Courts. He became the senior Domestic
Violence Judge in 2002. He has received advanced Domestic Violence Training from the
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Judge Ashley has served on the National
Advisory Board for the President’s Family Justice Center Initiative and presently serves on the
Steering Committee of the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence. He has presented at
the Criminal Justice Institute in Minnesota on Oversight for Domestic Violence Probationers.
He’s also presented on the issue of urban stalking at the 10th Anniversary of the Violence
Against Women Act. He is on the faculty of the National Judicial Institute on Domestic
Judge Ashley has been involved with several domestic violence initiatives from participating at
the United States Department of Justice Safety and Accountability Audit in Washington, DC and
the Maine Domestic Violence Case Coordination Project Peer Exchange on Judicial Reviews, to
training volunteers at local shelters.
Judge Ashley is a recipient of several awards including the Milwaukee Women’s Center Sam
Stellman Justice for Women Award in recognition of outstanding compassion, commitment, and
leadership in promoting justice for women and families affected by domestic violence and
Innovator of the Year Award in recognition of vision, creativity, and innovative spirit
Judge Ashley is Vice-Chair of the Supreme Court Policy and Planning Committee and Chair of
its Subcommittee on Effective Justice Strategies Committee. He is Chair of the Milwaukee Bar
Associations’ Community Relations Committee.
Martha Askins, a UW-Madison Law School graduate, has been in the Madison Appellate
Office since 1987. She has litigated numerous cases in the Wisconsin Supreme Court, including
Oneida County v. Nicole W., 2007 WI 30, 299 Wis. 2d 637, 728 N.W.2d 652.
Sandra Babcock is Associate Clinical Professor and Clinical Director of the Center for
International Human Rights at Northwestern University School of Law. She is recognized as
one of the nation’s leading experts on the application of international law in U.S. death penalty
cases, and is regularly invited to speak on the topic. From 1991 to 1995 she was a staff attorney
at the Texas Resource Center, where she represented men and women on Texas’ death row.
From there she moved to Minnesota, where she was a public defender from 1995 to 1999. She
then opened a law office specializing in the application of international law in U.S. death penalty
cases, and from 2000-2006, she was Director of the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program,
a project funded by the Government of Mexico to assist its nationals in capital cases at trial and
on appeal. Ms. Babcock is counsel to the Government of Mexico in the case of Avena and other
Mexican Nationals (Mexico v. United States), a case brought by Mexico in the International
Court of Justice on behalf of 52 Mexican nationals on death row. She currently represents
Humberto Leal Garcia, a Mexican national facing execution in Texas. She received her B.A. in
International Relations from Johns Hopkins University in 1986, and her J.D. from Harvard Law
School in 1991.
Dr. Alan Bean was finishing his first novel and serving churches as interim pastor when a drug
sting in the town of Tulia, Texas led to the round up of 47 people, 39 of them African
Americans, on the false testimony of an undercover agent. Dr. Bean helped build a coalition of
defendant’s families and other concerned citizens who believed the defendants were being
prosecuted on faulty evidence. Because of the work of Friends of Justice, the Texas Legislature
passed the Tulia Corroboration Bill, which has led to the exoneration of dozens of innocent
people by raising the evidentiary standards for undercover testimony. In August of 2003,
Governor Rick Perry pardoned the Tulia defendants and Tom Coleman was eventually convicted
of aggravated perjury.
In January of 2007, Friends of Justice responded to an appeal from six families in Jena,
Louisiana after several days of racially tinged violence led to attempted murder and conspiracy
charges being filed against six African American high school students. Thanks to the efforts of
Friends of Justice, the case has become a cause celebre that has attracted national attention. In
the process, school boards across the nation are re-examining their disciplinary procedures,
several states have revamped their hate crime laws, and a healthy debate about inequities and
systemic racism within the criminal justice system is raging across America.
As Executive Director of Friends of Justice, Dr. Bean investigates unfolding cases of police and
prosecutorial misconduct that are likely to result in a wrongful conviction. Then, he partners
with local leadership to launch narrative-based campaigns that connects the affected community
to national media and advocacy groups. Dr. Bean generates public debate by publishing his own
internet coverage, recruiting national media to cover the story, coaching affected communities to
speak to the media, and building a national coalition around the case.
Dr. Bean has been quoted extensively in leading publications such as Newsweek, The
Washington Post, USA Today, La Monde and The Chicago Tribune. His work with Friends of
Justice has been profiled by the CanWest News Service (Canada), National Public Radio (Wade
Goodwyn, Correspondent), and the British Broadcasting Corporation (Tom Mangold,
Correspondent). Most recently, Dr. Bean’s advocacy in Jena, Louisiana received extended
attention in Markos Moulitsas Zuniga’s Taking on the System (pp. 136-144).
Larisa Benitez is a staff attorney in the Kenosha State Public Defender’s Office.
Steven D. Benjamin is an attorney in private practice with the Richmond, Virginia firm of
Benjamin & DesPortes. In addition to his private practice, he serves as Special Counsel to the
Virginia Senate Courts of Justice (Judiciary) Committee and to the Virginia State Crime
Commission. He is a member of the Virginia Board of Forensic Science and the Virginia
Indigent Defense Commission. He is a Vice-President of the National Association of Criminal
Defense Lawyers, a Past President of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and
a Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. He is a recipient of the Virginia State
Bar’s Lewis F. Powell Pro Bono Award, and is a frequent national lecturer on issues of criminal
justice and defense.
In 1996, Mr. Benjamin won Virginia’s landmark supreme court decision on the appointment of
experts for indigent defense. In 1998, he argued through the trial courts and on appeal that
Virginia’s mandatory fee caps on compensation for court-appointed counsel were
unconstitutional. In 2001, he won the exoneration and release of an innocent man serving a life
sentence for a crime he did not commit. In 2003, he argued for the free speech rights of public
housing residents in a trespassing case in the United States Supreme Court. In 2006 and 2007,
he won successive acquittals in a series of murder cases premised on faulty forensic science.
Currently, he leads a statewide effort to notify two decades of convicted felons of the discovery
of untested DNA in state crime lab files. The testing project underlying this effort has produced
Chuck Bennett has been a trial attorney with the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office
since 1982. He is presently the Attorney Manager of the Kenosha Office. His jury trial
experience includes disorderly conducts and first degree intentional homicides and just about
everything in between. Mr. Bennett has mentored young attorneys and is certified as a Field
Instructor by the University of WI-Parkside for his work with college interns.
Jennifer Bias, JD University of Iowa, has spent the last 21 years working in various capacities
within the SPD from staff attorney in Racine County to local/regional manager and, she is
currently the Deputy Trial Division Director/AAEEO Officer. She represented the SPD on the
Racial Profiling Task Force and the Commission on Reducing Racial Disparities in the WI
Criminal Justice System. Ms. Bias currently serves on the Governor’s Pardon Advisory Board
and the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Commission. In May, 2008 Governor Doyle created the
Racial Disparity Oversight Commission to oversee the effective implementation of strategies to
reduce disparities within Wisconsin’s criminal justice system and appointed Ms. Bias and three
other representative to the group.
Daniel D. 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 –
Chief Judge Richard S. Brown is Chief Judge for the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. He received
his B.A. degree from Miami University in 1968 and his J.D. Degree from the University of
Wisconsin Law School in 1971. He also holds and LL.M. degree from the University of
Judge Brown has been Chief Judge for the Wisconsin Court of Appeals since 2007. He
previously served as Appellate Judge for the Court of Appeals – District 2 having been elected in
1978, 1982, 1988, 1994, 2000 and 2006. Prior to his judgeship, he practiced as a private attorney
in Oshkosh and served as an Assistant District Attorney in Racine County.
Present judicial and related activities include: Faculty, National Judicial College, teaching
decision making skills and reasoning; Member of the Wisconsin Law School Board of Visitors;
Co-Author and present Revision Editor, “Standards of Review in Wisconsin” (State Bar CLE);
Council of Chief Judges of State Courts of Appeal, Co-Chair, Administration of Justice
Committee (CCJSCA); Member, ABA Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law
(CMPDL) (2009 - ).
Past judicial and related activities include: Board Member, American Judicature Society (1997-
2003); Vice-Chair, Committee to Improve Interpreting and Translation in Wisconsin Courts; Co-
Chair, ABA Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section; Committee on the Rights of Persons
with Disabilities; Member, PPAC (2004 - 2008), co-chair, PPAC Efficiencies sub-committee;
Chair, American Bar Association Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law (1995-
98); Member from1991-1998; Lecturer on Americans with Disabilities Act to 40 judicial
conferences in other states; Taught Basic Philosophies and Methods of Science, Wisconsin
Judicial Education; Wisconsin Judicial Council, (1984-91); Wisconsin Committee on Telephonic
and Visual Aids in the Courtroom (1986-88) Wisconsin Equal Justice Task Force, (1989-92);
Wisconsin Committee for Revision of Guardian ad Litem Rules (1989-89); National Center for
State Courts Committee on Computer Aided Technology; (1992-95); NCSC Committee on Court
Interpreters (1992-95); Published five articles in legal journals.
Mary Burns began her legal career as a staff attorney in the Rice Lake Office (practicing in both
Barron and Rusk Counties) following her graduation from the UW Law School in 2007. During
law school, she participated in the LAIP program and clerked for the Honorable Barbara B.
Crabb and at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Before going to law school, Ms. Burns was a teacher, a
newspaper reporter and a coffee shop/art gallery owner. She earned a MA degree from New
York University in 2002 and has taught art in elementary and secondary schools, technical
colleges and at the University of Wisconsin-Richland Center campus. Ms. Burns is currently a
staff attorney in the Walworth County Office of the SPD. She has a special interest in racial
disparity issues related to juvenile justice.
Raeshann Canady is an Assistant State Public Defender in the Milwaukee Trial office of the
Wisconsin State Public Defender Office. Ms. Canady represents adults in many different types
of misdemeanor and felony cases and is a member of the homicide practice group. Ms. Canady
has a master’s degree in social work and prior to joining the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s
Office she worked with children and families at the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare, Kids
Matter and Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee. Ms. Canady is a member of the faculty at
Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she teaches a variety of
courses, including Cultural Diversity.
May Tong Chang is with the Hmong American Women’s Association in Milwaukee.
Milton Childs is an Assistant State Public Defender in the Milwaukee Juvenile/Mental Health
Office. He received his undergraduate degree in Business/Economics from Xavier University of
Louisiana. He has a Master of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of
Management and a law degree from Marquette University Law School. He has worked in the
Sheboygan Trial Office, Racine Trial Office and was in private practice. Mr. Childs is a
graduate from the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Leadership Development Program. He
was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps. He has a published article in
the Marquette Elder’s Advisor. Mr. Childs currently resides in Milwaukee with his wife,
Michelle, and his two sons.
John Chisholm is the District Attorney of Milwaukee County. His office handles criminal cases
for the State of Wisconsin in the Milwaukee County Circuit Court. Prior to being elected as
Milwaukee County District Attorney, he was an Assistant Milwaukee County District Attorney,
responsible for violent crime, drug, and firearm prosecutions.
As District Attorney, Mr. Chisholm has reorganized his office to work closely with
neighborhoods and expanded the Community Prosecution program. Violent Crimes teams work
closely with law enforcement partners to target violent offenders, resulting in one of the lowest
homicide rates in 25 years. Mr. Chisholm formed a Public Integrity Unit to focus on public
corruption matters and a Witness Protection Unit to thwart attempts to intimidate victims and
witnesses of crime. He played a key role in the inauguration of a drug treatment court and is
presently working with the Veterans’ Administration to establish resources for veterans who
encounter the criminal justice system in Milwaukee County.
Governor Doyle recently appointed Mr. Chisholm to the Racial Disparities Oversight
Commission. He serves on the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission, Community Justice
Council, Safe & Sound, and Milwaukee Addiction Treatment Initiative boards, and is past chair
of the Milwaukee High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area board.
Senator Spencer Coggs was elected to the State Senate after serving nine terms in the State
Assembly. He serves the 6th Senate District. He is Chair of the Senate Committee on Labor,
Elections, and Urban Affairs; Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on Public Health, Senior
Issues, Long Term Care and Privacy; Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on Veterans and
Military Affairs, Biotechnology and Financial Institutions; and Vice-Chair of the Joint
Legislative Council, Educational Communications Board, and Milwaukee Child Welfare
Partnership Council. Senator Coggs is a graduate of Riverside University High School, the
Milwaukee Area Technical College, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He previously
worked as a Health Officer for the City of Milwaukee, a postal worker, and an industrial printer.
He is National President of the National Labor Caucus of State Legislators, serves on the
Executive Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures and is Chairman of the
Board of the Martin Luther King Heritage Health Clinic and the Isaac Coggs Community Health
Center. He is married with two children.
Jodi Cohen teaches high-impact strategies for transformation that enable you to easily create
new ways to think, respond and behave. These simple, profound and user-friendly ideas inspire
improved performance, increased productivity and rampant innovation among participants.
‘Aha!’ moments abound when Jodi’s around—she’s a catalyst for adventure, risk-taking and
embracing the unknown.
Mitch Cooper came to the agency in 1992, when he began in the trial division of the Madison
office. Since then, he has worked in the appellate division of the SPD, where he argued in the
Wisconsin Supreme Court and he spent two years working exclusively on Chapter 980 sex
predator cases. He now practices in the Juvenile Unit of the Madison Trial Office.
Nelida Cortes is an Attorney Manager in the State Public Defender’s Milwaukee Trial Office.
Joshua Diehl is a Senior Criminal Defense Investigator in the Waukesha State Public
Defender’s Office. He was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps as a
Sergeant (E-5) after completing five years of service. Mr. Diehl 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. He pent the last eight years as a
Criminal Defense Investigator in the Milwaukee Trial SPD Office and recently transferred to the
Jerome Dillard is a Resource Specialist, employed by the Madison-area Urban Ministry. Mr.
Dillard’s focus is to provide an avenue for those returning to the community to begin their
productive life in their communities. He works with employers, landlords, treatment facilities,
and various organizations (including DOC) to assist individuals in their reintegration efforts. He
is the 2008 recipient of The Dane County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recognition Award and is
the Chair of Voices Beyond Bars (support group of formerly incarcerated men and women). Mr.
Dillard is also a part of a contract with the Fox Lake Correctional Institution re-entry program -
Pre-release and Intake Series. He has a position on the Steering Committee at the Wisconsin
Resource Center (a mental health correctional facility), is a member of Equal Opportunities
Commission Employment Committee, the Construction Workforce Diversity Alliance and is a
member of the Racial Justice/Criminal Justice Coalition with the YWCA Madison. He is also a
member of Dane County Task Force on Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System and
works with various other organizations to build a stronger network of resources for those who
are returning who have made a choice to do something different.
Honorable M. Joseph Donald was appointed to the Circuit Court in 1996 and elected in 1997,
2003 and 2009. His current rotational assignment includes the Drug Treatment Court, which
addresses addictive disease by using a non-adversarial approach and inpatient and outpatient
treatment; reduces recidivism and abuse of alcohol and other substances by improving the health
and life of abusers; and provides an effective and accountable community based alternative to
incarceration. Previous assignments include Children's Court; Felony Division-Drug Court,
General Felony; Homicide/Sexual Assault; and Civil/Probate.
Judge Donald obtained his law degree from Marquette University Law School in 1988 and his
B.A. degree from Marquette University in1982. Prior to becoming judge, he was a Law Clerk for
Milwaukee County Circuit Court (1988-89) and Assistant City Attorney-City of Milwaukee
(1989-96). He is currently a member of the Governor Task Force to Enhance Probation and
Parole, the Judicial Selection Committee and the Marquette Law School Alumni Board. He
previously served on the Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council (1996-99), is a Past-
Member of the Woolsack Society of Marquette University Law School (1996), the Urban Day
School Board, the Milwaukee Area Technical College Board (1991-94) and the Milwaukee
School of Art & Design Board
Lindsey D. Draper completed his undergraduate studies at Seattle University (B.A. in history)
and earned his law degree from Marquette University Law School. Following employment as an
Assistant District Attorney for Milwaukee County and an Assistant State Public Defender, he
was appointed a Circuit Court Commissioner for Milwaukee County in December, 1992.
He served in that capacity for over thirteen years, with assignments in Intake; Small Claims; and
Children’s Court. Since his retirement in July, 2006, he has worked for the Wisconsin Office of
Justice Assistance where he currently serves as Disproportionate Minority Contact Coordinator.
In the spring of 2007, he was named Staff Director of the Governor’s Commission examining
racial disparity in the criminal justice system.
Mr. Draper currently serves as Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the St. Francis Seminary
and Treasurer of the Board of Directors of St. Charles Youth and Family Services Organization.
He also serves on the boards of Career Youth Development and Intercession Group Home.
He is Chairman of the Wisconsin State Bar Law-Related Education Committee; Vice-Chairman
of the committee overseeing the State Bar’s Fund for Client Protection; and teaches religious
education to sixth and seventh graders at Milwaukee’s East Side Child and Youth Ministry.
Pat Flood has been with the SPD since 1986 when she joined the Milwaukee Appellate Office as
a staff attorney. She became the First Assistant of that office in 1997 and held that position until
March of 2009 when she assumed an Attorney Confidential position in Administration. Her
current duties include serving as legal counsel for personnel issues and chairing the SPD’s Racial
Disparity Litigation Team. Prior to joining the SPD, Ms. Flood was an Assistant Professor in the
Department of Education Administration at UW-Madison, teaching graduate courses in school
and university law. She received her law degree from the University of Michigan in 1982 and a
Ph.D. in sociology from Michigan State University in 1978.
Andrea George, Senior Litigator, Federal Defenders Office, District of Minnesota, is a graduate
of the University of Wisconsin Madison where she received her BA 1984. She was then
employed by the Wisconsin State Assembly as the Judiciary Committee Clerk from 1984 to
1986. In 1986, she attended law school at Hamline University School of Law and received her
JD, cum laude in 1989. Upon graduation, she began working for the Federal Defenders Office in
the District of Minnesota. Ms. George is an adjunct professor at Hamline, speaks nationally for
both the public and private bar, and is a member of the faculty for the National Criminal Defense
College as well as the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Trial Skills Academy.
Michael Gould is a staff attorney in the Milwaukee Appellate Office.
Representative Tamara Grigsby joined the Wisconsin Legislature in January, 2005, as
Representative to the 18th Assembly District in Milwaukee.
Representative Grigsby's path has been directed by her life in Wisconsin and her commitment to
strengthening the lives of children and families. After graduating from Madison Memorial High
School in 1992, she received her Bachelor of Science from Howard University in 1997 and her
Masters in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000. Upon receiving her
Masters Degree, Representative Grigsby went to work as a family social worker in Milwaukee.
There, she focused on mentoring youth, assisting parents involved in the child welfare system,
and empowering struggling families in Milwaukee's diverse communities.
Building on her practices as a social worker, Representative Grigsby joined the Milwaukee office
of the Wisconsin Council on Children & Families, where she served as a program manager, and
lectured at the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
until her election to the Wisconsin Legislature in November, 2004. Working with the Council,
she collaborated on efforts to reduce racial disparities and improve programs related to
Wisconsin's child welfare system. Early in her career, Representative Grigsby's work quickly led
to an interest in advocating for changes to the institutions that affect struggling people
throughout Wisconsin. She became a vocal advocate, not only for changes to child welfare and
W-2, but also for improvements to education, criminal justice, and all systems serving children
Through her new positions as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Children and Families and
Member of the Joint Committee on Finance, Representative Grigsby continues to advocate for
the same issues she championed as a local activist and social worker. Her leadership has been
recognized by organizations such as the Flemming Leadership Institute and the American
Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) and has taken her places as far as South Africa,
Israel, and the West Bank. In addition, she continues to serve as a local volunteer and participant
in multiple civic organizations, including the NAACP, the Sherman Park Neighborhood
Association, and the National Association of Social Workers. As Representative to the 18th
Assembly District, she is dedicated to fulfilling her responsibilities in Madison and sees her role
as being a “voice for the people” concerned with the health, strength, and security of Wisconsin's
Representative Grigsby, 34, lives on Milwaukee’s northwest side. In addition to her duties as a
state representative, she currently teaches a course on social welfare methods and policy at
Cardinal Stritch University.
Erik R. Guenther is an attorney with Hurley, Burish & Stanton, S.C., in Madison, Wisconsin.
He represents individuals and businesses in criminal inquiries from pre-charging/investigation to
trial. He also takes on pardon applications, expungement petitions and post-conviction matters.
Finally, he also represents business entities in internal investigations of possible employee
misconduct. He is a graduate of Carthage College, magna cum laude, where he attended as a
Lincoln Scholar, and the University of Wisconsin Law School.
To date, Mr. Guenther has litigated felony matters in 25 of Wisconsin’s counties. He has handled
cases in both federal districts in Wisconsin and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He also
served as a consultant in constitutional law and trial strategy issues in Michigan (resulting in
dismissal of "disorderly house" citations against 94 individuals) and Afghanistan (resulting in
acquittals on weapon smuggling charges for four defendants). In conjunction with the ACLU, he
achieved dismissal of "disorderly house" citations issued to almost 450 individuals in the
"Racine rave" case in 2002 and was recognized as the 2003 ACLU "Volunteer Attorney of the
Year" for his pro bono work on the cases. To avoid a civil rights lawsuit, Racine also agreed to
revise the flawed ordinance at issue and to provide training to the Racine Police Department on
Fourth Amendment issues.
Mr. Guenther has been recognized as a top litigator by the Wisconsin Law Journal, In Business
magazine and repeatedly by peers in the Wisconsin Super Lawyers® survey. He was profiled in
the 2007 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® magazine in an article titled "Peer Recognition: How Erik
Guenther Gets Juries to Sympathize with Clients Accused of Sexual Assault."
Last year, the Wisconsin State Journal profiled Mr. Guenther in a front-page story, describing
him as a "rising star in the state legal establishment and already a teacher in cutting-edge legal
issues and a civil liberties expert."
In 2007 - 2008, his passion for the rule of law and individual rights took him to Afghanistan. He
served as the Defense Mentor for the U.S. State Department funded Justice Sector Support
Program, training Afghan defense lawyers. He was recognized as the Dane County Criminal
Defense Bar Association "Warrior of the Year" for his service.
He is the current president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin (ACLU-WI)
board and a past chair of the State Bar of Wisconsin Individual Rights and Responsibilities
Section. He serves, by appointment, on the State Bar Legislative Oversight Committee. He is
accepted to practice before the International Criminal Court (The Hague, Netherlands) as part of
the Assistants to Counsel registry.
Ana Maria Guzman J.D. has been a Client Service Specialist with the State Public Defender's
Office-Milwaukee Trial since 1988. In addition, Ms. Guzman served as a Lecturer at Marquette
University for the Department of Social and Cultural Science. She taught two of the required
courses for the Social Work Program for seven years. Her work as an advocate has led to her
involvement with the National Association for Sentencing Advocates, for which she currently is
serving her third term as a Board Member. One of her areas of concentration at the Milwaukee
Trial Office has been in sexual assault and AODA issues. She obtained her training in sex
offender issues with the Wisconsin Sex Offender Treatment Network and the nationally
recognized Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. She is at present a member of the
National Resource Group, for the Center for Sex Offender Management, a national effort to
address the issue of sex offender management.
Ms. Guzman attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension for the AODA
Certification Track Program. She serves as a Field Liaison for several area university
programs in criminal justice and social work. Ms. Guzman is also greatly interested in
multicultural issues and has facilitated numerous workshops in cultural diversity, including
authoring a chapter entitled, "We Live and Learn in an Increasingly Diverse Society,"
published in Developing Leadership Through Student Employment. She attended the
University of Wisconsin-Madison for her undergraduate work, majoring in Philosophy. She
went on to receive her Juris Doctorate from Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C.
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 1996 she joined the Milwaukee County Court Services Project where she helped
develop that program, and wrote over 200 PSI's.
In 1998, Ms. Harris 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
In 2006, Ms. Harris began supervising the Milwaukee Interstate Compact office. She also
became the Training Coordinator for the Division of Community Corrections in the Milwaukee
area. She 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 Work Performance.
Ellen Henak has been a staff attorney in the Milwaukee Appellate Office of the Wisconsin State
Public Defender’s Office since 1991 where she handles post-conviction hearings and motions as
well as appeals in criminal cases and mental health commitment cases. She graduated from New
York University School of Law in 1983. Following graduation, she was a judicial law clerk for
the Hon. Marie L. Garibaldi of the New Jersey Supreme Court. She also is a former Assistant
Corporation Counsel for the City of New York and has been in solo private practice. She was
recognized as a Leader in the Law for 2009 and as the Law-Related Education Attorney of the
Year in 2006.
Eileen Hirsch is an Assistant State Public Defender in the Madison Appellate Office, where she
specializes in juvenile delinquency appeals. She received her J.D. from the University of
Virginia Law School and clerked for U.S. District Judge James E. Doyle. She has been a staff
attorney for the Youth Policy and Law Center, and worked in the State Public Defender trial and
administrative divisions. She is a member of the board of directors of the Midwest Region
Juvenile Defender Center and the University of Wisconsin Children’s Justice Project. In 2007,
she received the American Bar Association’s Livingston Hall Award for her work in juvenile
justice. In 2008, she received the National Legal Aid and Defender Association’s Kutak-Dodds
Prize for her work in criminal defense.
Tiffany Hofer is an investigator in the Milwaukee Juvenile office. She has more than 15 years
experience as a paralegal and investigator. Ms. Hofer has investigated all types of criminal
matters, both for adult defendants and juveniles alleged delinquent. She has also investigated
civil matters, ranging from financial investigations and due diligence investigations to TPR
investigations in the Milwaukee Juvenile office. She is bilingual (Spanish/English) and lives in
Milwaukee with her husband and two lovely children, a son and a daughter.
Stephen P. Hurley is a shareholder in the law firm of Hurley, Burish & Stanton, S.C., in
Madison and 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, and is a frequent lecturer at legal education programs. In 2004, Mr. Hurley
received the Warren L. Stopler Award for the most outstanding adjunct member of the
instructional staff of the University of Wisconsin Law School. He is a fellow of the American
College of Trial Lawyers and was a Master Bencher in the James E. Doyle Inn of Court. He is
listed in the most recent editions of The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White) in the
criminal law section and Who’s Who in American Law. He graduated from Knox College in
Galesburg, Illinois and received his J.D. in 1972 from the University of Illinois College of Law
at Champaign-Urbana. He is admitted to practice in Wisconsin and Illinois.
Jeffrey Jensen has practiced as a criminal defense lawyer in Milwaukee for over 24 years. Mr.
Jensen has defended in excess of 300 criminal jury trials and he has handled in excess of 100
criminal appeals. As a Wisconsin criminal appeals lawyer, he has argued before the Wisconsin
Court of Appeals, the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals (7th
Circuit), and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
Craig R. Johnson spent 13 years as a trial attorney with the State Public Defender’s office. He
currently practices state and federal criminal defense as well as employment litigation at Sweet
and Associates in Milwaukee. Prior to working at the SPD, he worked as a Legislative Assistant
to then-state Senator Lynn Adelman, and served as the clerk to the State Senate Judiciary
Rick Jones is the Executive Director and a founding member of the Neighborhood Defender
Service of Harlem (NDS). He is a trial lawyer with more than 18 years experience in complex
multi-forum litigation. Mr. Jones is a lecturer in law at Columbus Law School where he teaches a
criminal defense externship and a trial practice course. He is also on the faculty of the National
Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia.
Mr. Jones sits on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense
Lawyers , the New York State Defender’s Association, the Sirius Foundation and is an Editorial
Board member of the Amsterdam News Newspaper. He is a graduate of the University of
Michigan, Rutgers Law School and was a Leadership New York Coro Fellow.
Tanner Kilander is an attorney with Kilander Legal Services in Milwaukee.
Randy Kraft is the Communications Director for the Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office
(SPD), leading and directing the agency's media efforts. He has appeared in state and national
media outlets addressing a variety of issues relating to the SPD and the justice system. His
publications include a cover story for Wisconsin Lawyer magazine, an article for Wisconsin
Counties magazine, and a co-authored story for Wisconsin People and Ideas magazine (formerly
Wisconsin Academy Review). Mr. Kraft also directs the agency internal communications
including @SPD (the agency’s internal newsletter), SPD Connections (the agency’s intranet
site), and an initiative that gives greater opportunities for agency staff to actively participate in
dialogue on agency-wide issues. As a member of the Agency Leadership Team, Mr. Kraft sets
the agency’s strategic and tactical direction and establishes agency-wide policy in a senior-level
Mr. Kraft holds a MBA degree and a BS degree from the University of Illinois. As a certified
facilitator, he has conducted events including senior management trainings, agency-wide
strategic planning sessions and Leadership Academy and Leadership Development Program
He is a founding member of Justice Without Borders, a non-profit organization that seeks to
make an impact on the fundamental human rights of the poor worldwide. He managed the
organization’s inaugural international summit which was attended by 14 nations. He has
appeared in state, national and the international press on Justice Without Borders issues. Along
with representatives from India, Israel and the U.S., Mr. Kraft was selected to the Justice
Without Borders’ Management Committee.
Mr. Kraft previously served as the SPD's Chief Information Officer and developed the agency's
first website. His prior positions in the health, environmental and banking fields included
tenures in program management, strategic planning and budgeting.
Bridget Krause graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and
Criminology in 1997. She graduated from Marquette University Law School in 2000. She
began working at the SPD’s Milwaukee Trial Office in 2000. She has litigated numerous jury
trials and evidentiary motions. Ms. Krause currently handles felony cases, mostly felony drug
cases. She is also a member of the Milwaukee Trial Homicide unit. Ms. Krause is a recent
speaker at SPD training programs including “Courtroom Drama without Trauma” and “Pretrial
Evidentiary Motions.” Ms. Krause will also be an Adjunct Professor at Marquette University in
the spring of 2010 teaching Trial Advocacy.
Jenna Krejci has been a Legal Secretary in the Milwaukee Trial SPD Office for the past fifteen
years. She is also Program Assistant for the Diversion and Deferred Prosecution Agreements
team. She has an Associate’s Degree from MATC is currently a senior at UW-Milwaukee
working towards a Bachelor’s Degree majoring in English with a minor in History.
Kari Larson holds an M.S.W., with an emphasis on Criminology from the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1997). She also holds a B.A. in Social Work and Sociology, with a
Certificate in Criminal Justice, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1987).
In 1990, Ms. Larson was hired by the Wisconsin State Public Defender Office as a Client Service
Specialist. She provides professional support for staff attorneys in assigned cases, gathering
necessary background information and assessing client needs. She has filed sentencing memos
with the Circuit Courts in Jefferson, Waukesha, Washington and Ozaukee, usually in felony
Ms. Larson was first employed by Wisconsin Correctional Services in Milwaukee Municipal
Court (1987) where she was the Screening Unit Coordinator in charge of seven individuals. The
goal of Wisconsin Correctional Service was to find alternatives for defendants who were unable
to pay their municipal tickets due to indigence. She remained employed with this agency for
Michele LaVigne is Clinical Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Before
joining the University of Wisconsin Law School's clinical faculty, she practiced as a Wisconsin
State Public Defender. During most of her tenure at U.W. Law School, Prof. LaVigne has been
involved in research and litigation on the rights of deaf defendants. She co-authored "An
Interpreter Isn't Enough: Deafness, Language and Due Process," 2003 Wis. L. Rev. 843 (with
McCay Vernon, Ph.D), which discusses deafness and language acquisition and their combined
effects on deaf and severely hard-of-hearing individuals in the criminal justice system. Prof.
LaVigne has lectured on the topic of deafness in a number of states to attorneys, judges,
organizations of the deaf and hard of hearing, and interpreter groups. In 1999, Prof. LaVigne
developed a mock trial program at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf in Delavan, Wisconsin..
The WSD mock trial team has participated in the State Bar High School Mock Trial
Competition. In 2005, Prof. LaVigne received the Distinguished Member of the Year Award
from the Wisconsin Association the Deaf. In 2009, she received the Equal Justice Award from
the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee for advocacy on behalf of the deaf community.
Tom Locante is an Attorney Manager in the State Public Defender’s LaCrosse Office.
Alejandro Lockwood is a staff attorney in the Milwaukee Trial Office of the Wisconsin State
Public Defender. He is a frequent lecturer at SPD training programs, including the SPD’s Annual
Criminal Defense Conference and Trial Skills Academy.
John Lubarsky has worked for the agency since 1979 and has worked both on the trial side as
well as in the appellate division. He argued Angelia D.B. in the Wisconsin Supreme Court and
currently practices in the Juvenile Unit of the Madison Trial Office.
The materials for his presentation at this year’s Conference, “A Brief Review of Search and
Seizure Law in the Public Schools,” is a survey of the significant school search cases in
Wisconsin and in the United States Supreme Court, including the most recent “strip search” case,
Safford United School District v. Redding, decided earlier this year.
Ken Lund is an Attorney Manager in the Madison Appellate Office the State Public Defender
who has been a CLE presenter on numerous topics related to criminal law practice. He came to
the Madison Appellate Office in 1981 following a judicial clerkship with Judge Gerald W.
Heaney of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, which followed his 1979
graduation from the University of Minnesota Law School. From 1984 through 1989, Mr. Lund
was Associate Clinical Professor and Director of the Legal Assistance to Institutionalized
Persons Program (LAIP) at the University of Wisconsin Law School. He returned to the
Madison Appellate Office in 1990.
Professor Andrea Lyon works to promote social justice, equity, and improvement in the
criminal justice system. She is an attorney, educator and author. At DePaul University School of
Law, Professor Lyon serves as Clinical Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Clinical Programs
and Director of the Center for Justice in Capital Cases. She first worked for the Cook County
Public Defender’s Office in the felony trial division, post-conviction/habeas corpus unit,
preliminary hearing/misdemeanor unit and the appeals division. Her last position there was Chief
of the Homicide Task Force, a 22-lawyer unit that represents persons accused of homicide.
Professor Lyon has tried more than 130 homicide cases, both within the public defender’s office
and elsewhere. She has defended more than 30 potential capital cases at the trial level. Of these,
she has taken 19 through the penalty phase and won them all.
In 1990, she founded the Illinois Capital Resource Center and served as its Director until joining
the University of Michigan Law School faculty in 1995 as an Assistant Clinical Professor. In
2000, she joined the faculty at DePaul.
Professor Lyon is a graduate of Rutgers University and the Antioch School of Law.
Andrea D. Lyon works to promote social justice, equity and improvement in t
Roseann Mason is Director of Community Dialogues at the Center for Community Partnerships
Will Mattert is an investigator with the State Public Defender’s Office. He spent four years in
the Baraboo Trial Office before recently transferring to the Milwaukee Trial office. He received
his B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. His prior
work experience includes four years as a police officer with the United State Air Force and three
years as a private detective with Corcoran & Krause in Menomonee Falls. He has been trained in
the Reid technique of interviewing and interrogation and in the area of economic crimes and
Neil McGinn has been an attorney with the Milwaukee Trial Office of the Wisconsin State
Public Defender since 1978. He received his law degree from the University of California-
Berkeley. He has taught for many years at the Milwaukee Area Technical College and is
currently teaching in the clinical program at Marquette Law School.
Jim McLaughlin has BA and MA degrees from Trinity College in Dublin and a JD degree from
the University of Wisconsin. He spent five years in private practice focused on civil litigation
and the past 20 years as SPD senior staff attorney/manager in the Spooner Trial Office covering
Sawyer, Burnett and Washburn counties. The Spooner Trial Office has a tribal outreach office
with the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa and is focused on racial
disparity issues facing Native Americans.
Frank Morales began his legal career as an Assistant Federal Public Defender, Western District
of Texas, Del Rio Division in 1998. Most recently, Mr. Morales has switched districts and now
works as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Southern District of Texas, Corpus Christi
Dvision. His caseload includes mostly immigration and drug offenses, as well as revocation
matters. He has accumulated a few notable victories here and there, including some published
district court opinions. Accumulating many frequent flyer miles, Mr. Morales has lectured on
various topics including federal sentencing, Miranda issues, strategies in Title 8 U.S.C. §1326
cases, the Federal Bail Reform Act, Impeachment, and defending alien smuggling cases, to name
His route to AFPD was hastened by his not being hired as an Assistant District Attorney for
Harris County, Texas because of his anti-death penalty stance. His most notable client was Billie
Sol Estes, former political ally of LBJ and “West Texas flim-flam man,” who beat a tax fraud rap
in 1998. If asked, he will take credit for the resignation of Alberto Gonzalez during the Bush
Administration. An avid non-reader, Mr. Morales tools on his 1970 Cadillac Deville. In
addition to the Caddy, Morales enjoys life with his three dogs—Bubba, Loco, and Noli—who
secretly despise living in a red state.
Faun Moses is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. She graduated from
the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a
Certificate in Criminal Justice. As an undergraduate student, she was actively involved in Wunk
Sheek, the Native American Student Organization, and held the positions of Secretary and
subsequently, Executive Officer. She was a Mentor with Turning Point of Wisconsin, a program
aimed at pairing mentors with youth at risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system.
Ms. Moses counseled high school students of color as a Program Counselor for the UW-Madison
PEOPLE Program. She also acted as a facilitator, organizer and participant of the Student of
Color Connection, leading a Native American Caucus and generating activities to promote
leadership and cross cultural communication. She also volunteered at the Salvation Army,
Hammer for a Heart, and the Wisconsin Public Defender’s Office.
After obtaining her undergraduate degree, Ms. Moses began working as a criminal investigator at
the Public Defender’s Office in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Currently, she is a law student at the
University of Wisconsin Madison. While in law school, she served as Treasurer of the
Indigenous Law Students Association and was awarded the Outstanding Leadership award for
her contributions. She also participated in the National Native American Law Student’s
Association Moot Court competition. Ms. Moses worked with the Wisconsin Innocence Project
and interned at the American Civil Liberties Union’s Capital Punishment Project in Durham,
North Carolina. She was a member of the UW-Student Hurricane Network and volunteered at
the New Orleans Public Defender’s Office during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She has
also volunteered at the Legal Information Center on campus. Currently, she is in the Defender
Project at the law school, interning at the Madison Public Defender’s Trial Office. Ms. Moses
will obtain her juris doctorate in May 2010, with hopes to pursue a career in criminal defense.
KaShia Moua is a staff attorney in the State Public Defender’s Racine Office.
Gerald Mowris is a partner in the Madison firm of Pellino, Rosen, Mowris and Kirkhuff, S.C.
He began his legal career in law school, interning at the Madison Legal Services Center
(mentored by State Public Defender Dennis Burke), as well as clerking for the late P. Charles
Jones. After graduating from law school in 1973, he went to work as an Assistant District
Attorney in Dane County. In 1979, he began with the Madison firm that has evolved to Pellino,
Rosen, Mowris and Kirkhuff, S.C.
Mr. Mowris is a founding member and past-president of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal
Defense Lawyers. He was past-president and member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar
of Wisconsin, past-president of the Dane County Bar Association, retired Major in the U.S.
Army Reserves JAG Corp., and one of the Governor’s appointees to the Wisconsin Sentencing
Commission from 200-2007. He was also a founding member of the Wisconsin Criminal Justice
Study Commission. Mr. Mowris has presented on many occasions to the State Bar, the Dane
County Bar, WACDL, and other groups on the topics of ethics, criminal law, traffic law and
Liesl Nelson graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in1996. She began her
career in private practice focusing on criminal defense and guardian ad litem work before
becoming an Assistant Public Defender in 2003. She is currently the Attorney Manager for the
Hudson Office. She serves on the St. Croix and Pierce County Drug Court Teams and is the
President-Elect of the Wisconsin Association of Treatment Court Professionals. Ms. Nelson
lives in Hudson, WI with her two daughters and her husband Aaron Nelson who also practices in
the area of criminal defense.
Nathan Opland-Dobs is an Assistant State Public Defender in the Milwaukee Trial Office,
previously in the Racine Trial Office. He has a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
and a JD from Marquette University Law School. He has spent the last five years specializing in
the defense against Chapter 980 civil commitment, and has tried 980 cases in counties across
Ismael Ozanne was appointed Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections on
July 10, 2009. From February, 2008 to July, 2009 he served as the Executive Assistant with the
Department of Corrections.
From 1988 to February, 2008, Mr. Ozanne was an Assistant District Attorney with the Dane
County District Attorney’s Office. He was a veteran prosecutor with a decade of experience
prosecuting felony drug and domestic abuse cases and working closely with victims and victim
advocates. Prior to that, he worked as a legal intern with the Frank J. Remington Center in
Mr. Ozanne earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1998 and his
bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994. He is
a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and serves on the executive board of the Association of
Nerino Petro is the Practice Management Advisor for the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Practice 411
Law Office Management Assistance Program. The mission of Practice 411 is to help attorneys
operate their offices more effectively and efficiently. Licensed in Illinois and Wisconsin, Mr.
Petro uses his 16 years of legal practice experience and 12 years of experience being CEO/Senior
Legal Technologist for CenCom Legal Technologies which he founded in 1994, to help
Wisconsin and their staff deal with the practice management issues facing them.
As an active member of the ISBA Solo & Small Firm Conference Planning Committee, Mr.
Petro co-chairs its Technology Track Sub-Committee. He is a member of the ABA Law Practice
Management Section Council and the State & Local Bar Outreach Committee as well as the
ABA GP Solo and Small Firm Division Technology Committee and the GP Solo Magazine
Technology and Practice Guide Board. Mr. Petro is the ABA LPM Magazine Product Watch
columnist as well as a regular contributor to local, state and national publications. He provides
information on legal technology, practice management and items of interest to lawyers on his
blog at www.compujurist.com.
Dr. Lori Phelps earned a PhD in clinical psychology from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
She serves as a psychologist in the Outpatient PTSD Clinic at the Madison VA Hospital. Dr.
Phelps provides empirically-supported treatment for veterans with PTSD and is also part of a
research team through the clinic focusing on how a variety of treatments for PTSD work to
Justice David T. Prosser, Jr. was appointed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in September of
1998. A Chicago native, Justice Prosser was raised in Appleton. He received his bachelor's
degree from DePauw University in 1965, and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin
Law School in 1968.
Before joining the Court, Justice Prosser served on the Wisconsin Tax Appeals Commission
where he conducted hearings and issued decisions on a variety of disputes related to Wisconsin
taxation. Justice Prosser was appointed to the Tax Appeals Commission following an 18-year
career in the Wisconsin Legislature. Justice Prosser represented the Appleton area in the
Assembly from 1979 through 1996. During his tenure he served six years as Assembly Minority
Leader and two years as Assembly Speaker.
Prior to his election to the Assembly, Justice Prosser served as Outagamie County District
Attorney. He also worked in Washington, D.C., first as an Attorney/Advisor in the Office of
Criminal Justice, United States Department of Justice; then as Administrative Assistant to
Congressman Harold Froehlich, a member of the House Judiciary Committee during the
Watergate impeachment inquiry.
Justice Prosser served as a Commissioner on Uniform State Laws (1982 to 1996; 2005-2007),
and served on the Judicial Council of Wisconsin (2002-2006), and the Supreme Court Planning
and Policy Advisory Committee's Court Financing Subcommittee from 2002 to 2004. He is
currently a member of the James E. Doyle American Inn of Court, Friends of the Fox, and the
James Watrous Gallery Advisory Committee.
In April 2001 Justice Prosser was elected to a ten-year term on the Supreme Court. That term
expires July 31, 2011.
Paul Rashkind has practiced law during the past four decades, representing clients in the U.S.
Supreme Court, the federal courts of appeals and district courts, as well as in state courts. He is
admitted to practice in Florida, New York and the District of Columbia, and has been board
certified by The Florida Bar as a Specialist in Criminal Trial Law since 1988. He was also board
certified for more than 20 years by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and was a member of
its Board of Examiners. Mr. Rashkind serves currently as a Supervisory Assistant Federal Public
Defender and Chief of the Appellate Division of the Office of the Federal Public Defender,
Southern District of Florida, a position he has held since 1992. He also serves as national Chair
of the Federal Defenders Supreme Court Resource & Assistance Panel. Before becoming a
federal defender, he was in private practice for 14 years, as a partner in the law firm of Bailey
Gerstein Rashkind & Dresnick and an associate of Sams Gerstein & Ward, litigating a wide
variety of federal and state cases, including medical malpractice, personal injury, commercial
litigation, bankruptcy, and defense of complex crimes. Before entering private practice, Mr.
Rashkind was an Assistant State Attorney of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, prosecuting
organized crime, public corruption, as well as street crime. He was appointed Chief Assistant
State Attorney in Charge of Appeals, representing the state in appellate and habeas corpus
His past bar activities include: Three-term officer and member of the governing Council of the
American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section, Chair of its Book Publications Board;
President and Director Emeritus of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers–
Miami; Diplomate of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers and Chair of its Criminal Law
Section; Past President of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers-Miami;
presidential appointee to The Florida Bar’s Commission on Professionalism.
Mr. Rashkind served as Contributing Editor of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice
magazine, for which he also published “Cert Alert,” a quarterly column reviewing Supreme
Court cases. He publishes the “U.S. Supreme Court Review-Preview-Overview,” and a vast
number of web sites and blogs covering federal criminal law throughout the United States.
Mr. Rashkind is a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the University of Miami School of Law. He
has written extensively on the subjects of criminal law, legal ethics, trial and appellate practice,
and lectures frequently on behalf of the Federal Judicial Center, Administrative Office of the
U.S. Courts, American Bar Association, and The Florida Bar. Mr. Rashkind is the recipient of
the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Foundation’s Career Achievement Award and the FACDL-
Miami “Against All Odds” Award.
Anne Reed is a trial lawyer and jury consultant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is a shareholder
at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, SC.
Ms. Reed has consulted with lawyers from many different firms to assist in trial preparation both
in Wisconsin (using Reinhart's specialized courtroom, the Trial Science Institute) and elsewhere.
Working closely with these lawyers, Ms. Reed designs and conducts mock trials to help lawyers
and clients see their disputes through jurors' eyes. Her approach to her own cases has been
fundamentally shaped by her experience watching juries deliberate to verdict.
In her trial practice, Ms. Reed is regularly lead trial counsel in disputes over business fraud and
malpractice, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, corporate and shareholder disputes,
ERISA rights and responsibilities, and other issues.
Ms. Reed received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her law degree,
cum laude, from Cornell University in 1981. She is a member of the American Society of Trial
Jo Reis is a partner in Court Data Technologies, LLC, a Madison-based independent consulting
and developing firm focused on mining the wealth of court case data in CCAP. He has 20 years
of professional programming experience with a range of both server-side and client-side
technologies. Mr. Reis was a senior controls engineer and later a software development manager
for industry leading companies. Mr. Reis then spent two years at CCAP where he managed
CCAP’s software development group and designed CCAP’s business-to-business interface.
Julie Anne Rich is a Wisconsin Supreme Court Commissioner. She assists the court with
petitions for review, attorney and judicial disciplinary cases, and the court’s administrative rules
matters, including the Ethics 2000 petition. She received her B.S. from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison in Geology & Geophysics in 1988, attended graduate school in geology at
the University of California, and received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of
Minnesota Law School in 1994. After clerking for the Minnesota Supreme Court, Ms. Rich was
an associate at Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis, practicing in the areas of complex
commercial litigation and commercial finance. She worked briefly for the court of appeals and
has been a supreme court commissioner since 2001.
Karyn Rotker is an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union in Milwaukee.
Vincent Rust has been employed by the Wisconsin Public Defender’s office since 1995, first as
an investigator in the Milwaukee Juvenile office. In 2002, Mr. Rust earned his law degree from
Marquette Law School and began working as an attorney in the Public Defender’s Kenosha
office. Mr. Rust currently works in the Public Defender’s La Crosse office.
David Schanker was appointed Clerk of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals in
April 2007. Before joining the Wisconsin courts, he served as Chief Deputy Clerk of the Indiana
Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Tax Court for eight years, prior to which he was an
attorney in private practice in Indianapolis. He is a graduate of New York University and the
Indiana University School of Law at Bloomington.
James Schatzman is the Executive Director of Racine Vocational Ministry. He led the task
force that created this program and oversaw its first fund raising campaign that raised over
$110,000 in their first six months and has raised over $2,000,000 through 2008. The program is
currently in its seventh year of operations and has helped to place 1450 people in jobs throughout
Southeastern Wisconsin. He has also developed working relationships with Family Service,
Lakeside Curative Services, the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Workforce
Development Center, the Department of Corrections, Racine Police Department, and Express
Personnel Services in an effort to create the most opportunities for RVM’s participants. The
agency also works directly with several Racine companies to place its participants.
As Executive Director for Racine Vocational Ministry he has helped to place 1450 individuals in
jobs at an average wage of $10.43 an hour. 88% of those have retained their job for over six
months and 135 of them have been promoted or moved ahead into their chosen field. Mr.
Schatzman was a founding member of the Community Re-Entry Program. Racine Vocational
Ministry now serves as the fiscal agent for the program.
He lives in Racine with his wife, JaneMarie, and his four sons, Stephen, Luke, Gabriel and
Christopher and his grandson, Tai.
Theresa Schmieder is a private attorney with the Schmieder Law Office in Green Bay.
Hank Schultz graduated from Cornell College in 1977 and the UW Law School in 1980. He has
been with the State Public Defender’s Office for over 25 years. He currently works as a staff
attorney in the Rhinelander Office. He previously served as the First Assistant of the Green Bay
Region. He served as co-counsel in Richards v. Wisconsin, 520 U.S. 385 (1997) is President-
Elect of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Erich Straub is an attorney concentrating in family and employment immigration and
deportation defense. He is listed in the 2006-2010 editions of Best Lawyers in America in the
area of immigration law. He also serves as a faculty member for the American Immigration Law
Foundation’s Litigation Institute. From 2007-2009, he was chairperson of the Wisconsin Chapter
of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Prior to focusing his practice on immigration, Mr. Straub was a criminal defense attorney for
almost a decade. During that time, he successfully defended hundreds of cases in state and
federal courts. Because of this prior experience, he has a unique combination of experience in
criminal and immigration law. He is recognized by many of Wisconsin’s best criminal defense
attorneys as the foremost expert in the state on the immigration consequences of criminal
Tony Streveler holds a Masters Degree in Science and Social Work from the University of
Wisconsin – Madison, and has over 25 years of experience in the criminal justice field. While with
the Wisconsin Department of Corrections he has held various administration positions, with a
primary emphasis in designing and implementing mental health and correctional programs.
He played a significant role in the drafting and implementation of several pieces of legislation in
Wisconsin, as well as overseeing the development and implementation numerous programs,
initiatives and policies for the department.
In his current position, Mr. Streveler serves as the policy advisor to the Secretary for major
departmental initiatives that have substantial impact on the agency and those that it serves. He
holds key responsibility for complex policy and rule-making development, management of cross-
departmental issues, analysis of legislation and other factors affecting the implementation of major
Brandt Swardenski is currently a staff attorney in the Green Bay Office of the State Public
Defender, where he handles a mixed caseload including felony, misdemeanor, juvenile, and
mental commitment cases. In addition to his work at the Public Defender’s Office, he serves as a
member of the Board of Directors for the Fox Valley affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental
Illness (NAMI), and as a member of the Green Bay committee on Juvenile Disproportionate
Minority Confinement. Mr. Swardenski is also an instructor at the Green Bay campus of
Concordia University where he teaches a course in Historical Methods. He completed his
undergraduate education at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he majored in both
philosophy and comparative study of religion and he received his law degree from the University
Melinda Swartz is an attorney in the Milwaukee Appellate Office of the Wisconsin State Public
Defender. She graduated cum laude from both Carleton College in 1985 and from the University
of Minnesota Law School in 1990, cum laude. She worked in the Milwaukee Trial Office of the
Wisconsin State Public Defender from August 1990 until transferring to the Appellate Division
in August of 1996.
Todd Thorne is currently working in both the law enforcement and private communities. He is
well versed in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Forensic Photography, Evidence Processing
Techniques as well as Crime Scene Reconstruction. He is also a Latent Fingerprint Examiner.
Mr. Thorne has a variety of published articles and photographs in these disciplines and has been
working in the field of criminalistics for over 18 years and has offered expert
testimony/consultation in numerous cases. He is a certified State of Wisconsin and Illinois
Instructor and is on staff with the Nebraska School of Forensic Science. Mr. Thorne is a sought
after speaker and is an adjunct instructor in the area of Forensic Science for several colleges
through out the country. In addition, he has served on Wisconsin's Domestic Violence/Sexual
Assault Evidence Training Team. He has been a member of the Federal Government's U.S.
Department of Homeland Security, serving with the DMORT V Disaster Response Unit. He
operates Todd A. Thorne & Associates Forensic Consultants and Photography Services, LLC,
which has exposed him to both national and international cases. Mr. Thorne instructs throughout
the country for The Lynn Peavey Company and has been called upon for technical
consultation/research by various entities.
Greg Van Rybroek is currently Director of the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison. In
addition, he is an active member of the State Bar. Dr. Van Rybroek received his Ph.D. in
Counseling Psychology from UW Madison and his J.D. Degree from the UW Madison Law
School. He is a lecturer at the UW Law School, Adjunct Associate Professor in the UW Madison
Department of Psychology, Clinical Instructor in Psychology in the UW Madison Department of
Psychiatry and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College
of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, specializing in psycho-legal issues. Dr. Van Rybroek has authored
multiple articles on clinical-legal topic areas, and frequently presents at state and national
conferences. In his capacity as a licensed psychologist, he carries out private forensic
assessments for the courts and attorneys. Dr. Van Rybroek has been a long-standing consultant to
the State Bar’s Lawyer Assistance Program.
Deja Vishny heads the Homicide Practice Group in the Milwaukee Office of the Wisconsin
State Public Defender where she has more than 20 years experience. She is also an agency
Training Coordinator. She teaches Trial Advocacy at Marquette Law School and is on the
faculty of the National Criminal Defense College. She is a frequent lecturer on criminal defense
topics around the state and country.
Thomas Voss has been in private practice for thirty-five years in Waukesha. He attended the
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater as an undergraduate and received his law degree from
Marquette University in 1974. In private practice he has litigated state criminal, civil, family,
probate and juvenile cases and has handled numerous appellate matters, both criminal and civil,
including appeals in juvenile cases.
Ella Walker-Mahaley has worked at Word of Hope Ministries (WOHM) as Program Director
since 2002. Prior to working for WOHM, she volunteered for six years at WOHM as the Social
Service Coordinator. She directs several programs at WOHM and is the Team leader for the
leadership team. In addition, she supervises staff in WOHM’s National Department of Labor
Prisoner Reentry Program.
Ms. Walker-Mahaley has many years of experience implementing social service programs. She
worked for My Home Your Home while volunteering at WOHM, and implemented their child-
placing agency for foster children. She is an early retiree of Milwaukee County Department of
Social Services, now Wisconsin Department of Children and Family Services.
Her educational background includes a B/S and MSW in Social Work from the University of
Wisconsin and a MPA from the University of Oshkosh. She has served on several boards, and is
now serving on the Advisory board of University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee Field Education.
She is active in her church, Holy Cathedral Church of God in Christ, teaches new membership
class, serves on the church board of directors, and serves as chair of the Lay ministry and
Missionary board. Her pastor is Bishop C.H. McClelland. She is married and has two lovely
Vincent Warren is the Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a
national legal and educational organization dedicated to advancing and defending the rights
guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Mr. Warren oversees CCR’s groundbreaking litigation and advocacy work which includes
combating the illegal expansion of presidential power and policies such as illegal detention at
Guantanamo, rendition, torture and warrantless wiretapping; holding corporations and
government officials accountable for human rights abuses; and, challenging racial injustice and
Mr. Warren has spearheaded a public campaign, “Beyond Guantanamo: Rescue the
Constitution” coinciding with CCR’s landmark Supreme Court victory in Al Odah v. U.S. and
Boumediene v. Bush, which held that the detainees at Guantánamo Bay have a constitutional
right to the writ of habeas corpus.
Prior to his tenure at CCR, Mr. Warren held the position of national senior staff attorney with the
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), where he led constitutional and impact litigation to
advance civil rights and liberties. Among the cases he has litigated are:
• Gratz v. Bollinger, companion case to the landmark Supreme Court decision to uphold
affirmative action in college admissions.
• Dasrath v. Continental Airlines on behalf of plaintiffs removed from an airplane shortly after
9/11 because they were perceived to be Arab or Muslim, and
• White v. Martz, a class action lawsuit which helped create Montana’s first statewide public
He also monitored South Africa’s historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings and
worked as a criminal defense attorney for the Brooklyn Legal Aid Society. Mr. Warren holds a
law degree from Rutgers School of Law and a B.A. from Haverford College.
He is a frequent national cable, network and independent media commentator, having appeared
on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, CNN’s The Situation Room and Paula Zahn Now,
Democracy Now! and numerous National Public Radio programs.
Michael Whalen started his career as a legal investigator 40 years ago as an insurance
claims representative and supervisor in Washington, DC and then Madison. Mr. Whalen
worked for the Department of Justice as a Consumer Protection investigator for 14 years.
After brief misadventures as an assistant administrator with the Commissioner of
Banking and then a private detective, he became a Business Compliance Division
investigator and eventual supervisor at Regulation and Licensing. At Regulation and
Licensing, he was chair of the Affirmative Action Committee. For the past 12 years Mr.
Whalen has been employed as a criminal investigator in the Public Defender’s Madison
Starting in 1999, he became involved in the city funded Madison Area Racial Studies
Circles program. The Racial Studies Circles were 2-hour discussion groups with as many
as 20 participants and 2 facilitators. Groups met 1 night a week for 8 weeks and
discussed race-related topics. After participating in 3 consecutive study circles, Mr.
Whalen became a Certified Racial Studies Circles facilitator.
In 2005, the Madison YWCA began a series of public service “It’s Time to Talk”
lunchtime cross-cultural dialogs about race. The YWCA also started a Racial Justice
Initiative program. The YWCA trained volunteers to become racial justice discussion
facilitators who show Racial Justice related films to any interested organization. Mr.
Whalen became a certified facilitator and began attending the annual YWCA Sponsored
Racial Justice Summit Conferences and workshops which offered additional racial justice
issues training. He is also a member of the SPD’s Racial Disparity Committee.
Barry Widera is a partner in Court Data Technologies, LLC, a Madison-based
independent consulting and developing firm focused on mining the wealth of court case
data in CCAP. He spent 14 years at the Wisconsin Department of Revenue where he
developed tax processing and auditing software and managed the department’s electronic
filing programs. Mr. Widera then spent six years in private consulting as project manager
for large government e-commerce applications, before starting Court Data Technologies
with Jo Reis in 2003.
Dr. Larry Wolk is the Chief Operating Officer for Correctional Healthcare Management. Prior
to joining CHC, Dr. Wolk was the Chief Medical Officer for HMS Healthcare. He has also
served as the Senior Medical Director of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Colorado, Prudential
Healthcare of Colorado and CIGNA HealthCare.
Dr. Wolk started and directed the outpatient pediatric clinic at the Hospital for Infants and
Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center. In 1996, Dr. Wolk created Rocky Mountain
Youth, the first non-profit organization of its kind in the country to provide medical and nursing
services to uninsured and at-risk children and teenagers throughout Colorado. Dr. Wolk’s work
with Rocky Mountain Youth has been recognized by the American Hospital Association as one
of four model programs in the country.
Dr. Wolk himself has been honored as a Colorado Pediatrician of the Year, a Volunteer of the
Year, a Healthcare Executive of the Year, a “7 Everyday Hero” and he is a recipient of the
University of Vermont’s Award for Service to Medicine and Community. Most recently, Dr.
Wolk received the Lifetime Healthcare Achievement Award from the American Red Cross Mile
High Chapter’s Breakfast of Champions Award Program. Dr. Wolk also served as an officer on
the board of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and the Rocky Mountain Center for Health
Promotion and Education.
Born and raised outside of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Dr. Wolk received his bachelor’s degree
from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical doctorate from the University of Vermont.
He received his training in pediatrics and adolescent medicine, including his master’s degree in
public health, from the University of Colorado and The Denver Children’s Hospital.
Ellen Yaroshefsky is Clinical Professor of Law and the Executive Director of the Jacob Burns
Ethics Center at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York. She teaches professional
responsibility courses, organizes ethics programs and is the director of Cardozo’s Intensive Trial
Ms. Yaroshefsky represents lawyers and law firms in criminal, civil and disciplinary matters and
serves as an expert witness on legal ethics issues. She also serves as an ethics consultant and
frequently lectures on topics involving the law of lawyering to a wide variety of bar associations
and other groups. She is cochair of the Ethics, Gideon and Professionalism Committee of the
American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section, cochair of the Ethics Committee of the
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the ethics advisor for the Prosecutorial and
Judicial Complaint Center of the New York Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a
member of the advisory board of the Justice Center of the New York County Lawyers
Association and of New York State Bar Association Committee on Standards of Attorney
Conduct, and has served on various committees of the Association of the Bar of the City of New
York. She has received a number of awards for litigation and received the New York State Bar
Association award for “Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Criminal Law Education.”
From 1975-82 she was a criminal defense lawyer practicing in Seattle, Washington. In 1982 she
joined the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, litigating civil rights, criminal and
international human rights cases. She was in private practice in New York from 1988-1992 and
has been a full-time member of the Cardozo faculty since then. Prior to joining Clayman and
Rosenberg, Ms. Yaroshefsky was of counsel to Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, specializing in the
law of lawyering.
Judge Glenn Yamahiro was appointed to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court by Governor
Doyle in 2003. He is the first Asian American to be appointed to the bench in Wisconsin and he
currently hears juvenile court cases. Prior to being appointed he served as a Milwaukee County
Court Commissioner. He began practicing law in 1991 as a lawyer in the Milwaukee trial office
of the Wisconsin Public Defenders Office and later entered private practice as a shareholder in
Cornwall, Rhiel and Yamahiro. Judge Yamahiro is a member of the National Association of
Juvenile and Family Court Judges and trains judges nationwide in the handling of domestic
Joan Zawikowski is a staff attorney in the State Public Defender’s Milwaukee Juvenile Office.