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Office of the Wisconsin State Public Defender Annual Criminal

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									Office of the Wisconsin State Public Defender
2006 Annual Criminal Defense Conference
Criminal Defense in our Changing World

Caroline Anderson is the Juvenile Appointment Clerk in the State Public Defender’s
Madison Trial Office. She has served in that capacity for the past 10 years. She is also the
mother of three and grandmother of three and is raising one granddaughter. She enjoys her
job and the attorneys that take juvenile cases.

Simmie Baer is a Supervising Attorney and Clinical Professor in the Children and Family
Justice Center, Bluhm Legal Clinic at Northwestern University School of Law. Prior to this
appointment, she was the Supervising Attorney for the Juvenile Division of The Defender
Association in Seattle for over 16 years and practiced with the office for 20 years. She came
to Washington state in 1983 on a Reginald Heber Smith Poverty Law Fellowship and worked
in Legal Services until 1985. Ms. Baer is the co-creator of the Teamchild project which
successfully blends criminal and civil legal services in the representation of juvenile
offenders. In 1995 Ms. Baer received the ABA Livingston Hall Juvenile Justice Award. In
2000 she was presented with the Paul Robeson Peace and Justice Award from the Mothers
For Police Accountability. In 2002 she was awarded the William O. Douglas Freedom and
Justice Award from the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, an award that
had never been given to someone who only represents children in juvenile and criminal
Jennifer L. Bias is the Deputy Director of the Trial Division and Affirmative Action Officer
for the Office of the Wisconsin State Public Defender. Since beginning with the agency in
1987 as an assistant state public defender, she has served in a variety of leadership and
litigation positions and was promoted to her current positions in June, 2000. Previously, she
served as First Assistant State Public Defender in Racine County from 1995 to 2000 and
Deputy First Assistant State Public Defender from 1993 to 1995. As an assistant state public
defender, Ms. Bias handled a broad range of cases including felonies, misdemeanors,
juvenile matters and commitments.
Since 1998 she has served on the Pardon Advisory Board under the appointments of former
Governors Thompson and McCallum, and currently Governor Doyle. In 2004, Governor
Doyle also appointed her to the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Commission.
Jennifer served on a number of other boards including the Board of Governors for the Racine
County Bar Association, Good Samaritan Board, Junior League Advisory Board, and was
appointed by former Governor Thompson to serve on the Governor’s Task Force on Racial
Profiling. In 2004, she was appointed to serve as a team member to investigate conduct
matters at Southern Oaks Girls School.

Ms. Bias has presented at the annual public defender conference on a variety of topics. She
currently presents the “Best Defense Is No Offense” program to young people at schools,
churches and community centers urging them to avoid violence, gangs and drugs.
In recognition of her outstanding commitment to community service, in February 2003 Ms.
Bias received the Racine Journal Times Award. She has also received the Racine Interfaith
Coalition Freedom Award (February 2002), the NAACP Attorney Ted Harris Award
(October 2001), and the YWCA Women of Distinction Award (August 2001).
Ms. Bias received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1984
where she graduated magna cum laude, and her law degree from the University of Iowa Law
School in 1987. She resides in Racine with her husband, Randall Luter.
Keith A. Belzer is a trial attorney and trial consultant, well-known for bringing creative
presentation ideas and storytelling techniques into the courtroom. Mr. Belzer is also a
nationally recognized lecturer and teacher on criminal defense issues, trial techniques and
strategies. In addition to his position on the faculty at the National Criminal Defense College
in Macon, Georgia, and the Wisconsin Trial Skills Academy, Mr. Belzer has lectured or
taught for over 50 criminal defense groups or conferences. He has given presentations for
the Israeli National Public Defender, the Puerto Rican CJA panel and The People’s Republic
of China where Mr. Belzer was a guest lecturer at the first public defender regional training
ever held in China.

Mr. Belzer is a frequent commentator on national, statewide and local legal issues and has
appeared on such nationally syndicated shows as Good Morning America, The O’Reilly
Factor and Geraldo at Large. In 2005, Wisconsin Super Lawyers named Mr. Belzer as one of
the top criminal defense lawyers in the State of Wisconsin. In 2006 Belzer was named one of
12 statewide Leaders in the Law by the Wisconsin Law Journal.

Mr. Belzer has also worked as an actor, director and playwright. Plays he has written have
been produced in San Francisco, Chicago, Connecticut, and Wisconsin. Prior to law school,
Belzer founded one theater company and managed two others and devoted close to a decade
of his life exclusively to the world of theater.

Sam Benedict is the First Assistant of the Waukesha region of the Wisconsin State Public
Defender’s Office. He teaches juvenile law at Marquette University Law School and is a
frequent lecturer at SPD training programs, including the agency’s annual Trial Skills
Academy. In 1999, Mr. Benedict was named one of “Milwaukee’s Best Lawyers” by
Milwaukee Magazine.

Annette Bjorklund is the University of Wisconsin-Extension 4-H Youth Development
Educator in Washburn County and an Associate Professor in the Department of Youth
Development, UW-Extension. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business
Administration/Education and a Master of Arts degree in Community Education, both from
the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.

Ms. Bjorklunds’s programming focuses on engaging youth in civic governance,
implementing 4-H in afterschool programs, and developing adult and youth leaders. She is

collaborating with Dianne Weber and others on a research and curriculum project for high
school students and their parents entitled “The College Transition: Managing Stress and
Maintaining Health.”

She is an active member of the Wisconsin Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development
Professionals and is a recent graduate of the Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program.

Professor Daniel Blinka teaches evidence, trial advocacy, advanced evidence, criminal law
and procedure, legal ethics, and American legal history at Marquette University Law School.
He also holds a doctorate in United States history and has taught history courses at Marquette
and UW-Madison. Professor Blinka has received the Law School's teaching awards as well
as Marquette University's teaching excellence award. He strongly believes that the Law
School's primary mission is to prepare students for the practice of law; thus, theory and
policy must foster the development of critical judgment and analysis that lawyers need.

Professor Blinka is the author of books and articles on evidence law, criminal procedure, and
other subjects. His books are published by leading law book publishers, WestGroup and
Lexis. His work is often relied upon by Wisconsin's courts. He is presently writing on the
history of jury trials at the time of the American Revolution and the early national period.
Before joining the faculty, Professor Blinka served as an assistant district attorney in
Milwaukee County for seven years and has remained active as a trial lawyer and consultant.

Donna Boutelle works in the Payroll and Benefits Unit in the State Public Defender’s
Administrative Office. She is responsible for processing payroll changes, insurance
applications and worker’s compensation claims.

Vicki Bowen started with the Public Defender’s Office in 1991 as a Legal Secretary in the
Milwaukee Trial Office after working in the private sector for a number of years. She
transferred to the Waukesha Trial Office in July of 1992. In 2000, she accepted the position
of Program Assistant Supervisor for the Waukesha Trial Office.

Nan Brien, as an Early Childhood Brain Development consultant to the Wisconsin Council
on Children and Families, has been instrumental in directing the Council’s activities as the
lead state agency for the national I Am Your Child campaign, which is promoting safe,
healthy and nurturing experiences and environments that foster optimal early childhood brain
development for each and every child.

Ms. Brien facilitates the development of research information and trainings for the Council,
which have been expanded to include the latest research on the developing adolescent brain.
The Council, in cooperation with other state agencies, has developed a brochure, a parent
educator manual, a TV series, training manuals and companion CD-ROM, and a middle/high
school curriculum as information pieces about childhood brain development. Ms. Brien has
an undergraduate degree in biology and a master’s degree in immunology.

Justice Louis B. Butler, Jr. was appointed to the Supreme Court by Governor Jim Doyle in
August 2004, becoming the first African-American Supreme Court justice in Wisconsin

Born in Chicago, Justice Butler was raised on the city’s south side. He earned his
bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University in Appleton in 1973 and his law degree
from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1977.

After serving as an assistant state public defender from 1979 to 1992, Justice Butler was
appointed to the Milwaukee Municipal Court. He served as a municipal judge until 2002,
when he was elected to Branch 9 of the Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

Justice Butler is the recipient of numerous awards. In 2003, he was named “best judge” in a
readers’ poll conducted by the Shepherd Express, Milwaukee’s alternative news weekly. In
2002, he won the Milwaukee Times Black Excellence Award for Law. In 2001, he was
named Judge of the Year by Career Youth Development.

Justice Butler is a permanent member of the faculty of the National Judicial College in
Reno, where judges from around nation take continuing education classes. He also was an
adjunct assistant professor of law at Marquette Law School.

Justice Butler is married with two daughters and one granddaughter.

His term expires July 31, 2008.
Ronault Catalani of Community Legal Services, LLC in Portland, Oregon, Madison,
Wisconsin and Bangkok, Thailand has been a trainer and consultant in cross-culturally
effective problem solving since 1987. Clients include the Wisconsin Judicial Conference;
Oregon State Bar, CLE; National CASA Association; State Association of Court Appointed
Special Advocates; Oregon Department of Justice, Citizen Review Board; Oregon Law
Enforcement Association.; Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.; Oregon Health
Department, Minority Health Division; Oregon Judicial Conference; Portland Police Bureau;
Portland Public School District; Salem Public School District 24J; Portland Community
College; Oregon Legal Services, Inc.; and Oregon Department of Corrections.

He has also served as Legislative Counsel and Public and Media Spokesman for a variety of
organizations including the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon; Vietnamese
Association Confederation; Hmong American Unity of Oregon; Cambodian American
Citizens Organization; Sailud Lao Org. of Oregon; SE Asian Refugee Federation of Oregon;
Philippine American Chamber of Commerce; Oregon State University President’s Board for
Minority Affairs; Khmer Assoc of Wisconsin, Cambodian Buddhist Society of Wisconsin;
and United Refugee Services of Wisconsin.

Mr. Catalani is a columnist for the Asian Reporter and has written for the Seattle
International Examiner, El Hispanic News, and Oregon Business Magazine.

Nicholas L. Chiarkas was appointed the Director of Wisconsin's State Public Defender
Agency on September 1, 1988. Under his leadership, the agency has received three
consecutive awards for excellence from Wisconsin Forward. He also serves on various state-
wide commissions and committees.

In addition, Mr. Chiarkas is the founder of Justice Without Borders, is an adjunct professor of
law at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and was a visiting lecturer in law at Justus-
Liebig-Universität, Gießen, Germany.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Chiarkas served as the General Counsel to the United States
Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board; Deputy Chief Counsel and
Research Director to the President's Commission on Organized Crime; Deputy Chief Counsel
to the United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations; Associate Professor
of Law; Professor of Criminology; and a New York City Police Officer.
Mr. Chiarkas has a Doctorate and Master's degrees in Philosophy and Sociology from
Columbia University; a law degree from Temple University; a Master's and Bachelor's
degree in Criminal Justice from the City University of New York; a Post Graduate Certificate
in Computer Systems Analysis from New York University. And, was a Pickett Fellow at the
John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
In addition to leading the Wisconsin State Public Defender Agency, Mr. Chiarkas is working
with Israel in establishing and enriching Israel's first National Public Defender Agency, with
Japan as it considers introducing a public defender system, and with the U.S. Department of
Justice in examining indigent defense in the United States.
In 1996, Mr. Chiarkas became the nation's first public defender to receive the "Law
Enforcement Commendation Medal" awarded by The Sons of the American Revolution. In
1999 and again in 2000, Governor Thompson recommended to the National Governor's
Association that Nick be named the National Public Executive of the Year. In 2000, the
Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration named Nick
Administrator of the year. In 2001 Nick was elected to the Alumni Executive Council of the
Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and to the Board of Directors for
Wisconsin Forward Award, Inc. In 2002, Nick received the Outstanding Professional Award
by the Wisconsin Law Foundation.
Among Mr. Chiarkas' publications are four law books, three books dealing with Criminal
Organizations and Enterprises, and two articles, translated in Japanese, published in Japan by
the Japan Federation of Bar Associations on "Wisconsin Public Defenders" and "Legal
Mr. Chiarkas grew up in the Al Smith housing projects on Manhattan's poverty stricken
Lower East Side. When Nick was in the fourth grade, his mother was told by the Principal of
P.S.#1, that, since Nick was unlikely to ever complete high school and would certainly never
go to college, she should gear him toward a simple and secure vocation.
Judge Dennis R. Cimpl is 55 years old. He is married with two adult children. He received
a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame in 1972
and a Law Degree from Marquette University Law School in 1975. He won election to a six
year term as a Circuit Court Judge commencing in August, 2005. On April 6, 2005,
Governor Doyle appointed him to complete the term of Judge John McCormick. He was a
Circuit Court Commissioner in Milwaukee County for ten years. Before that he practiced
law in Milwaukee County for twenty years with an extensive trial practice, specializing in
criminal law and juvenile law. He also had an extensive real estate, bankruptcy and probate

practice. He has been active in the State Bar of Wisconsin, serving on the Board of
Governors for four years, on the Bench Bar Committee for nine years and the BAPR Study
Committee for seven years. He has been a member of the Milwaukee Bar Association since
1975, serving on the Fee Arbitration, Courts and Bench Bar Committees. He served on the
Board of Administrative Oversight of the Office of Lawyer Regulation for five years. He was
a founding member of the Wisconsin Association of Judicial Court Commissioners serving
on its Board of Directors for eight years, the last two as treasurer. He served on the District II
Committee of the Board of Attorney’s Professional Responsibility for eleven years and on
the State of Wisconsin Medical Mediation Panels for 12 years. He has been a member of
numerous organizations including the Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association, St. Thomas
More Lawyers Association, Kiwanis Club of Milwaukee Southwest, Milwaukee Society,
Guadalupe Children’s Medical/Dental Clinic, Inc., Children’s Crusade, St. Joseph’s Catholic
Church and Polish Heritage Alliance, serving on each organization’s Board of Directors.

Jane Colwin, State Law Librarian, has been with the Wisconsin State Law Library since
1984. She received a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Tulsa and an M.A. in
Library and Information Studies from the UW-Madison. Ms. Colwin currently serves as
faculty for the Office of Judicial Education, teaching courses on online legal research for
judges, and offers classes to attorneys and the public through the State Law Library’s training
program. She is a member and past president of the Law Librarians Association of
Wisconsin and a member of the American Association of Law Libraries.

Corinne Cramer is currently the manager of the Collection and Verification Unit located in
the Administrative Office in Madison. Ms. Cramer has been with the Wisconsin State Public
Defender for 17 years, the first thirteen years as legal secretary in the Rhinelander trial office
and the past four years in her current position. Ms. Cramer has also held legal and
administrative service positions with three other agencies of the State of Wisconsin for a total
of 32 years of state service. She participated in the SPD Leadership Development Program
in 2005. She is also known around the SPD agency as “Corky.”

Raymond M. Dall’Osto is a partner at Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown in Milwaukee,
specializing in white collar and criminal defense cases in federal and state courts, civil
litigation, employment, licensing and constitutional rights cases. He received his law degree
from Marquette University Law School in 1977 and taught there as an adjunct professor from
1985-1990. Before joining his current firm in 1990, Mr. Dall’Osto served as legal director of
the Wisconsin ACLU, as a felony trial attorney and ultimately as director of the Milwaukee
public defender office. He has also served as a director, officer and chairman of the State
Bar of Wisconsin’s Criminal Law Section and the Individual Rights and Responsibilities
Section, as a member of the State Bar Professional Ethics Committee and recently, on the
legislative Wrongful Conviction Task Force that developed the criminal procedures reform
law, 2005 Wis. Act 60. Mr. Dall’Osto frequently lectures at continuing legal education
programs and has written extensively on criminal law and procedure, constitutional rights
and legal ethics.

Dan DeSloover, M.S., is Coordinator of the batterer intervention program Alternatives to
Aggression at Family Service, Inc. in Madison. He provides domestic violence assessment
and treatment for perpetrators. He also provides treatment for general mental issues including

anger management, mood and anxiety disorders, assertiveness training, and phase of life
issues. Mr. DeSloover is licensed in the State of Wisconsin as a Professional Counselor
(LPC). He currently is certified as a Batterer Treatment Provider (WBTPA) and is registered
as an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (WCB). He is Chair-Elect of the Wisconsin
Batterers Treatment Providers Association and Chair of the Abuser Treatment and
Monitoring Subcommittee of the Dane County Coordinated Community Response to
Domestic Violence Task Force.

Shane DuBow is a copywriter, journalist, and filmmaker who specializes in storytelling,
immersion reporting, idea generation, and creative problem-solving. From 2003-2006, he
was a documentary filmmaker for Tower Productions in Chicago. His educational
background includes Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts, and an undergraduate
degree in Creative Writing from Oberlin College, Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. DuBow’s
professional experience includes Story Editor/Script Supervisor for the National Geographic
Channel, Director/Producer of A&E’s “Facing Life: The Retrial of Evan Zimmerman,”
Director/Producer/Writer of A&E’s “Countdown to an Execution,” and Copy Editor of
A&E’s “American Justice” the Outdoor Life Network’s “Outdoor Investigations.”

Suzanne Edwards is a 1998 graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law. In 2003 she began
her solo law practice out of her rural Iowa County farmhouse. Jobs in her pre-lawyer career
include Air Traffic Controller, dog obedience trainer and instructor, auto salesperson and
finance manager, substitute school teacher, restaurant owner, chuck wagon cook, and Gypsy
Moth Technician. Ms. Edwards enjoys animal training and has trained dogs, horses, and even
one pig.

Charity Eleson is the executive director of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families,
which is a multi-issue research, policy development and advocacy organization that works on
issues affecting children and families. Prior to working for the Council, Ms. Eleson worked
for Dane County government for 15 years in a variety of capacities, including managing
communications and public policy advocacy for the county's human services department,
doing legislative lobbying for the Dane County executive and county board and finally
working for the Dane County Executive as the human services department director. Ms.
Eleson has worked on multiple policy issues over the years, including legislation affecting
W-2, child welfare, juvenile justice and human services funding. She has also had experience
working in the private, non-profit setting managing workforce development programs for
dislocated workers and low-income adults. Ms. Eleson has a BA from UW-Madison.

Claudia Egan is a member of Von Briesen and Roper’s Health Care Practice Group and the
Technology Law Section. She serves a wide range of healthcare organizations including
hospital systems, physicians, employer purchasing alliances, dental clinics, and long term
care and nursing facilities. In addition, she counsels clients on complex commercial
transactions and computer and technology law issues. She has special understanding of
electronic medical records, system security, and hardware and software acquisitions.

Prior to receiving her law degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1996, Ms. Egan
worked for several years in the technology training area for an international staffing

corporation and later for Blue Cross Blue Shield United of Wisconsin. This practical
experience has helped her to understand the technology challenges and goals of her current

Ms. Egan gives back to her community through her work with the AIDS Resource Center of
Wisconsin and AIDS Walk Wisconsin. She is a member and the Secretary of the Present
Music Board of Directors and also mentors teenage girls through the YMCA
Sponsor-a-Scholar program and provides legal information to recently diagnosed breast
cancer victims.

Joseph Ehmann is the First Assistant State Public Defender in the Madison Appellate
Office. He is a 1986 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. He served as a
judicial intern for Hon. Louis Ceci in the Wisconsin Supreme Court and as law clerk for Hon.
Paul Gartzke in the District IV Court of Appeals. He worked as a staff attorney for the
Office of the State Appellate Defender in Illinois from 1988 to 1997, before joining the
Madison appellate office. As First Assistant, Mr. Ehmann oversees SPD staff and private bar
attorneys representing indigent clients from all 72 Wisconsin counties in postconviction
proceedings. He, among other committee appointments, serves as a member of the Judicial
Council appellate rules committee.

Waring Fincke graduated from UW-Law School in 1975. He clerked for a Federal Judge in
Pennsylvania, practiced in Williamsport and State College, PA before returning to
Wisconsin. He practiced with Jim Shellow and Steve Glynn in Milwaukee before joining the
SPD Milwaukee Trial Office for four years. He then practiced with Bob Dvorak for a decade
before taking his practice to West Bend. He is a past Chair of the State Bar Criminal Law
Section and a Past President of WACDL. He litigates criminal defense cases in state and
federal courts throughout Wisconsin. Mr. Fincke can be reached by email at and his website is

Keith A. Findley is a Clinical Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School’s Frank
J. Remington Center. He is a 1985 graduate of the Yale Law School. He is co-founder and
co-director of the Wisconsin Innocence Project. Through the Wisconsin Innocence Project,
he has helped to exonerate several wrongly convicted individuals. Most recently, he and
Wisconsin Innocence Project students obtained a new trial for Evan Zimmerman, who had
been convicted of first degree intentional homicide in Eau Claire, and then worked with
Attorney Keith Belzer representing Mr. Zimmerman at his retrial in April 2005. Mr. Findley
has also served on the Wisconsin legislature’s Avery Task Force, which drew on lessons
from wrongful conviction cases to reform eyewitness identification procedures in Wisconsin
and contributed to the requirement for electronic recording of custodial interrogations of
suspects. He presently serves as a member of the Wisconsin Criminal Justice Study
Commission, which continues to examine the causes of wrongful convictions and
recommend reforms to prevent such miscarriages of justice. He previously served as an
appellate and trial level Assistant State Public Defender in Madison.

Dr. Bruce Frumkin earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Washington University in
St. Louis. He is in private practice and is the Director of Forensic and Clinical Psychology
Associates, P.A., with offices in Miami, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Dr. Frumkin is one of

approximately 180 board-certified forensic psychologists from the American Board of
Professional Psychology. He has served on the Florida Evaluator Training Project, helped
develop the forensic program at South Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center (a state-
forensic hospital), published, and has chaired and presented at a number of regional and
national conferences to both the psychology and legal communities. He is President of the
Florida Psychological Association. In 1995, Dr. Frumkin was invited as a participant to the
National Invitational Conference on Education and Training in Law and Psychology,
sponsored by the American Psychological Association. Dr. Frumkin’s areas of specialization
include intelligence and mental retardation, Miranda competencies and false/coerced
confessions, malingering and deception, and cross-cultural issues in forensic assessment.

Lisa Gingerich is an attorney with the law firm Von Briesen and Roper. She advises health
care systems, hospitals, physician groups, health care suppliers, and ambulatory surgery
centers regarding antitrust, business affiliations, mergers and acquisitions, fraud and abuse,
tax exemption and corporate compliance. She also advises other tax-exempt and small
businesses regarding general corporate matters and assists in preparation of our client’s Hart
Scott Rodino Premerger Notification filings.

Ms. Gingerich obtained her law degree from California Western in 1994. She is a member of
the State Bars of Wisconsin and California, the Milwaukee Bar Association, the Wisconsin
Hispanic Lawyers Association, American Health Lawyers Association and the Association
for Women Lawyers.

Ms. Gingerich serves on the Board of the Whitnall Schools Foundation, is on the steering
committee for Sarah’s Stride and volunteers with the small business and non-profit sections
of the Business Assistance Program for the State Bar of Wisconsin.

Stephen M. Glynn received his B.S. in 1967 from UW-Milwaukee and his J.D. with honors
in 1970 from UW-Madison, where he was Articles Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review.
Following a clerkship with federal judge James E. Doyle in the Western District of
Wisconsin, Steve practiced with the Shellow, Shellow & Glynn, S.C. firm, where he
remained from 1971 until he formed a new firm in 2000. The lawyers in Glynn, Fitzgerald &
Albee, S.C. practice exclusively in the area of criminal defense in federal and state trial and
appellate courts.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (Chair, State Committee 2004 –),
and a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin (member, board of directors, Criminal Justice
Section, 1995-1998; Chairperson, 1978-1979), the Wisconsin and National Associations of
Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Wisconsin Criminal Justice Study Committee (2005 –).
DIRECTORY OF CRIMINAL LAWYERS (1979 –), and has been voted best criminal
defense lawyer in Milwaukee by lawyers and judges polled for each of Milwaukee
Magazine's Best Lawyers issues (1985, 1990, 1995, 1999 and 2003). Mr. Glynn frequently
writes and speaks on criminal law-related issues, in WI and elsewhere.

Benjamin C. Gonring graduated with high honors from the University of Notre Dame in
May of 1993, earning a B.A. in Government. He received his J.D. from the University of
Wisconsin Law School, graduating with honors in December of 1995. Admitted to the Bar
in January of 1996, he began working for the Office of the State Public Defender in June of

the same year. He was honored with the agency’s Outstanding Achievement Award in
November of 1997. He has three times been named by Madison Magazine one of the
county’s top lawyers in the area of Juvenile Law. Representing hundreds of children per
year, he has worked in the juvenile unit of the Madison Trial office his entire career.

Dr. Robert H. Gordon is director of Forensic Psych Associates, Inc. and a licensed
psychologist who works with prosecuting, plaintiff and defense attorneys who want to
maximize the strengths of their cases through objective psychological assessments and expert

In addition to maintaining a clinical practice, he has conducted numerous objective forensic
evaluations and testified on over 800 cases. The cases range from mental commitment and
sex offender risk assessment to felony homicide and personal injury lawsuits. Dr. Gordon
also conducts group therapy for sex offenders in conjunction with the Wisconsin Department
of Corrections.

Dr. Gordon has provided objective expert testimony nationally for both plaintiff and defense
since 1976. He has proven himself to be an articulate, reliable, and dedicated professional
who commands respect in the courtroom.

He earned his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Washington University in St.

Mark A. Grady obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Iowa
State University, in 1979 and his law degree from the University of Iowa in 1982. Mr. Grady
has ten years of private practice experience in insurance defense litigation and fourteen years
of practice in the Milwaukee County Office of Corporation Counsel handling primarily
workers compensation, pension, employment, mental commitment and civil rights matters.

William J. Grosshans is the Assistant Administrator of the Division of Community
Corrections at the Department of Corrections. He has previously served as Administrator of
the Division of Community Corrections, the Administrator of the Division of Juvenile
Corrections and the Administrator of the Division of Intensive Sanctions. He has also served
as Regional Chief, Assistant Regional Chief, Unit Supervisor, and a Probation and Parole
Agent. Mr. Grosshans received his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from UW-

Ana Maria M. 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.

Annabelle Hall is an attorney in Reno, Nevada. One Judge said of Ms. Hall's representation
of a prominent man falsely accused of the rape of his four year old daughter: "[w]hatever fee
your client paid you and I reiterate WHATEVER, it was the best investment your client
could ever make." Ms. Hall is a nationally recognized criminal defense specialist in child
sexual assault and baby cases. Her most highly publicized trial was "The Montessori Case" in
which the directors of a daycare facility were charged with brutal rapes of over fifty children.
(How can fifty children be wrong? - went the prosecution refrain. They were.) The case was
dismissed in a blistering 37 page opinion. The problems plaguing sex abuse cases also infect
the so-called "repressed memory" cases, which are really "created memory" cases. She is a
faculty member of the National Criminal Defense College and a member for the Federal
District Court of Nevada Criminal Justice Act attorney panel.

Ken Hammond currently serves the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Training & Standards
Bureau, as the Law Enforcement Education Director. Mr. Hammond began a law
enforcement career in 1974. He worked for Sun Prairie Police in a variety of positions from
Radio Dispatcher through Assistant to the Chief. In 1999 he left municipal policing to
become Law Enforcement Specialist and Training Academy Director for Wisconsin
Indianhead Technical College headquartered in Superior, Wisconsin. Through current and
past service, Mr. Hammond has experience in the classroom, in the policy-making arena, and
on the street.

Dr. Darold Hanusa, Ph.D., is a Board Certified Diplomate (BCD) in Clinical Social Work
and is licensed in the State of Wisconsin as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). He currently
holds the following credentials: Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC),
Certified Batterer Treatment Provider (WBTPA), Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP). He
has a certificate in Corporate Counseling which includes study in Personnel Psychology,
Organizational Development and Workforce Development. Dr. Hanusa is a Senior Preceptor
and Senior Lecturer at the School of Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a
member of the Wisconsin Batterers Treatment Providers Association and the Dane County
domestic violence task force, both of which he is a founding member and past chair.

Clinically, Dr. Hanusa has specialized in the area of domestic violence with both perpetrators
and the survivors of violence since 1980. Since 1989 he has offered assessment and treatment
services for abusive men through the “ATAM” Program (Alternatives and Treatment for
Abusive Men) and counseling for survivors through the Midwest Domestic Violence

Resource Center at the Midwest Center for Human Services. He currently offers services in
English and Spanish. Dr. Hanusa has written and co-authored numerous materials on family
violence and related topics, and he has provided several hundred presentations, lectures,
appearances and workshops concerning a variety of topics. He provides consultation, expert
witness services and training to private and public agencies and professionals working with
domestic violence, workplace violence, corporate communication and anger management-
fitness for duty issues. He has conducted training workshops nationally and internationally,
including work with the Department of Defense, Naval and Marine Corps Family Advocacy

Vicki Harness started with the public defender in 1985 as an LTE processing private bar
vouchers and also assisted with processing staff attorney travel vouchers. In September of
1986, Ms. Harness became a legal secretary in the Madison Appellate Office. In October
1991 she went to Wausau to work as a Client Service Specialist in the Trial Division. She is
also a graduate of the SPD’s Leadership Development Program.

Dr. Thomas R. Harding is the Interim Medical Director for the Milwaukee County
Behavioral Health Division. In 1980, he received his B.S. degree, with Highest Distinction,
from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and, in 1983, his M.D. degree from
Wayne State University School of Medicine. Since 1988, he has been Assistant Clinical
Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health Sciences at the Medical
College of Wisconsin. Dr. Harding is Board-certified with the American Board of Psychiatry
and Neurology. He is also a member of the American Association of Emergency

Donna Harris has been with the Department of Corrections for 13 years. She started as an
agent and has been a Corrections Field Supervisor for the past 8 1/2 years. During that time,
she has supervised several specialty units including a revocation unit for 5 years.

J. Steven House has recently started a solo practice in Madison, Wisconsin. His primary
focus is currently on state DUI/OWI and drug defense. He graduated magna cum laude from
The University of Illinois School of Law in 1999. While in law school he worked as a
contract legal researcher for the Army Corps of Engineers Research Labs, Environmental
Process Division for a year. Following graduation and a prolonged trip through Mexico, he
obtained a law license in the state of Tennessee and worked as an assistant public defender
with the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office from 2000-2006. In 2005
he passed the Wisconsin bar exam and subsequently moved to Madison the next year due to
family considerations and a yen for that good old Yankee life. Please feel free to contact him
at: Law Office of J. Steven House, Seminole Centre Ct., Suite 200, Madison, WI 53711,
Phone: (608) 276-9760, Fax: (608) 276-9762, e-mail:

Daniel A. Isaacson graduated in May 1995 from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire
with a B.A. degree in Sociology and a Minor in Psychology. Upon graduation he worked as a
Case Manager at a residential treatment center for juvenile sex offenders in the State of
Minnesota. In April 1997, Mr. Isaacson accepted a position as a Probation/Parole agent for
the Wisconsin Department of Corrections in Milwaukee. In December 2001, he was
appointed as a Corrections Field Supervisor, a position he currently holds. Since 1999, Mr.

Isaacson has been involved in facilitating revocation training and spent two years working in
a revocation specialty unit.

Mayumi Ishii is an Administrative Law Judge for the Division of Hearings and Appeals. She
has served in that capacity since 1999. Prior to joining the DHA, Ms. Ishii was engaged in
private practice as a solo practitioner from 1996 to 1998. She clerked for Milwaukee County
Circuit Court from 1998 to 1999. Ms. Ishii participated in agent training and worked on
developing a training program for Probation/Parole Agents in DOC, Region 1, from 2000 to
2002. She edited the 2002 edition of the DHA Resource Book for Probation and Parole
Revocation Hearings and is currently editing the 2005 edition. She received her law degree
from Marquette Law School in 1996.

Craig Johnson has been a staff attorney in the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Milwaukee
Trial office since 1991, where he handles primarily felony cases. During the spring of 2006,
Mr. Johnson conducted training on the 4th Amendment for SPD staff attorneys and private bar
attorneys around the state.

Sarah Klawitter currently works as a Public Defender Regional Office Management Program
Supervisor in the Stevens Point region of the Office of the State Public Defender. She came
to the Office of the State Public Defender in April 2005 from the Department of Corrections
where she worked as an Offender Classification Specialist for nearly four years. Prior to
working for the Department of Corrections, Sarah worked as a Residential Counselor for the
Eating Disorder Unit at Rogers Memorial Hospital and as a Pre-Release Case Manager for
Wisconsin Correctional Services at the Milwaukee County House of Corrections. Sarah has a
B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she double majored in Psychology and
Women’s Studies and received a Certificate in Criminal Justice.

Jane Klekamp has been the Justice Sanctions Program Manager for La Crosse County since
1995. She staffs the Criminal Justice Management Council, whose work has resulted in the
reduction in the jail population through the utilization of community programs including
treatment courts, day reporting and bail monitoring. She has presented at the Wisconsin
Treatment Court Professionals Conference, Wisconsin’s 32nd Annual Governor’s Conference
on Highway Safety, the Wisconsin Intoxicated Driver Program Assessors Meeting, and the
Wisconsin Counties Association Conference among other organizations. She received a
Master’s Degree in Social Work from UW-Madison in 1995.
Randy Kraft - As the Public Information Officer for the Wisconsin State Public Defender's
Office (SPD), Mr. Kraft leads the agency's media efforts. He has appeared in many
newspapers, radio and television stories/reports throughout the state on issues dealing with
the SPD and the justice system.
Mr. Kraft holds a MBA degree and a BS degree from the University of Illinois. As a certified
facilitator, he conducts the Agency's senior management trainings on topics including
leadership and teamwork as well as the Agency-wide strategic planning sessions.
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 indigent worldwide. Mr. Kraft managed

the Inaugural Justice Without Borders International Summit that involved 14 separate
nations. Along with representatives from India, Israel and the U.S., he was selected as a
member of the Justice Without Borders Management Committee. He has appeared in state,
national and the international press on Justice Without Borders topics.
Mr. Kraft served as the SPD's Chief Information Officer and was the agency's first
Webmaster. His prior positions in the health, environmental and banking industries include
program manager, strategic planner, budget director, and product manager.
Pattie Kremkoski is an administrative support staff person with the State Public Defender’s
Office in Racine. She has been the agency for 19 years.

Elliott Levine graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1990. He started
working at Wisconsin State Public Defender in the summer of 1990 in the La Crosse Office.
In 2000 he became the First Assistant State Public Defender of the La Crosse Region.

Mr. Levine is a member of the La Crosse County Drug Court Advisory Team, the La Crosse
County Criminal Justice Management Council, the Treatment, Alternative and Diversion
Program Committee and the Alternative to Incarceration Subcommittee of the Wisconsin
Supreme Court Planning and Policy Advisory Committee. He is the current President of
Wisconsin Association Treatment Court Professionals. He has taught Constitutional Law at
Viterbo University in La Crosse and Mock Trial at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.

He has presented at the Wisconsin State Public Defender Conference, the National
Association of Drug Court Professionals Conference, the Wisconsin Association of Treatment
Court Professionals Conference, the 2nd Annual Wisconsin Summit on Multidisciplinary
Teams and Child Advocacy Centers, the 10th Annual Substance Abuse Statewide Meeting and
the University of Wisconsin - Law School.

Stephen P. Lindsay is a Senior Partner in the law firm of Cloninger, Lindsay, Hensley, &
Searson P.L.L.C, 366 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, North Carolina 28801, (828)252-1786,
(828)252-1874 (fax), (e-mail). Mr. Lindsay is a faculty member
with the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia. He lectures and teaches in
numerous states and on behalf of several organizations including the National Association of
Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, and the
Institute of Criminal Defense Advocacy in San Diego, California.

Ken Lund is an Attorney Manager in the SPD Madison Appellate Office and has been a
CLE presenter on a number of 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 Eight 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. From 1995 to 2000, he wrote the case law
digests that appeared in the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s statewide newsletter, the
“Wisconsin Defender.”

William Lundstrom is an Administrative Law Judge and Assistant Administrator at the
Wisconsin Division of Hearings and Appeals, Madison office. Among his duties at the
Division, he supervises the staff of Administrative Law Judges (Madison) assigned to
revocation hearings. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of
Wisconsin - Madison in 1969 and 1972, respectively, and has worked as an Administrative
Law Judge since 1981. He was previously employed as an Assistant District Attorney for
Outagamie County and as a Clinical Instructor at the Wisconsin Law School, Legal
Assistance to Institutionalized Persons Program.

Andrea Lyon is currently an associate clinical professor of law and director of the DePaul
Center for Justice in Capital Cases and Death Penalty Legal Clinic. In 1976, she joined the
Cook County Illinois Public Defender's Office, concluding her service there as chief of the
Homicide Task Force, a 22-lawyer unit representing persons accused of homicides. She has
tried over 130 homicide cases, both while with the Public Defender's office and since. She
has defended over 30 potential capital cases at the trial level and has taken 19 through
penalty phase; she has won all 19. In 1990, she founded the Illinois Capital Resource Center
and served as its director until joining the University of Michigan Law School faculty as an
assistant clinical professor in 1995. A winner of the prestigious National Legal Aid and
Defender Association's Reginald Heber Smith Award for best advocate for the poor in the
country, she is a nationally recognized expert in the field of death penalty defense and a
frequent continuing legal education teacher throughout the country. In 1998, she was
awarded the Justice for All Award at the National Conference on Wrongful Convictions and
the Death Penalty and in 2003 the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer's lifetime
achievement award.

Professor Michael A. Mello is an internationally recognized authority on the death penalty
and capital punishment issues. Examples of cases that he has been involved in or in which he
has served as an informal advisor include those of Theodore Kaczynski, Joseph Robert
“Crazy Joe” Spaziano, Theodore Bundy, and Paul Hill. The courses he has taught at Vermont
Law School include Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Ethics, a Capital
Punishment seminar, and a Search and Seizure seminar.
Professor Mello received his B.A. degree from Mary Washington College in 1980 and his
J.D. degree from the University of Virginia in 1982, where he was articles editor of the
Virginia Law Review. After receiving his law degree, Professor Mello clerked for the firm of
Miller, Cassidy, Larroca and Lewin in Washington, DC, and for Judge Robert S. Vance of
the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, in Birmingham, Alabama. From
1983 to 1985 he served as assistant public defender for the Capital Appeals Division of the
Florida Public Defender, West Palm Beach, and then served as senior assistant for the Office
of Capital Collateral Representative for the State of Florida in Tallahassee. He served as co-
chair of the Individual Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the Florida Bar and as chair
of its Capital Punishment Subcommittee. From 1987 to 1988, he served as an associate in the
firm of Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering, Washington, DC, and concurrently taught a capital
punishment seminar at the University of Maryland School of Law. Professor Mello joined the
VLS faculty in 1988.

Megan Morrisey graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2004. During
law school, she participated in the Legal Defense Program, Wisconsin School for the Deaf –
Mock Trial, the Public Defender Project and the Wisconsin Innocence Project. While
working at the Innocence Project, Ms. Morrisey worked on Evan Zimmerman’s appeal of a
first-degree intentional homicide conviction. She and other law students traveled to Eau
Claire, WI many times to interview witnesses to prepare the post conviction brief. In August
of 2003, Evan Zimmerman’s conviction was reversed and remanded for a second trial. After
law school, Ms. Morrisey continued to work on Evan Zimmerman’s case in preparation for
his retrial, which she attended. She was in the courtroom when his case was dismissed. Ms.
Morrisey is an Assistant State Public Defender in the Milwaukee Trial office.

Anthony J. Natale, “Tony”, is a Supervising Assistant Federal Public Defender in Miami,
Florida. Mr. Natale is also the training coordinator for the Federal Defender Office and the
CJA panel attorneys for the Southern District of Florida. Previously, he was in private
practice for over 20 years concentrating in criminal defense and civil trials both state and
federal. He has been a member of the National Criminal Defense College faculty since 1982,
and lectures extensively throughout the United States on criminal defense topics such as voir
dire, cross-examination and theory of the case. Recently, Mr. Natale has lectured in criminal
defense training programs in China and Vietnam. He is a member of a Florida and District of
Columbia bars and has been admitted Pro Hoc Vice in several jurisdictions throughout the

Mark D. Natwick is a Client services specialist for the State Public Defender’s Office. He
holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Illinois State University. He subsequently
completed two years of graduate level training in Industrial/Organizational psychology, also
at Illinois State University. His professional experience began as a psychiatric technician at a
community mental health center at the age of eighteen. He has held additional positions as
an employment placement specialist for the Job Training Partnership Act, as a youth
advocate for at-risk young males, as a youth programs supervisor, and as an employee
assistance program counselor.

Since 1993 Mr. Natwick has been employed at the Milwaukee Trial office as a client services
specialist. His areas of interest are cases involving defendants with mental health, cognitive
disability, or chemical dependency issues.

Cailin O'Connor is an Outreach Specialist at the School of Human Ecology of the
University of Wisconsin-Madison, and works as a consultant on a variety of projects related
to children, youth, families, and prevention. She holds a Masters degree in Human
Development and Family Studies with a graduate certificate in Prevention and Intervention
Science, and is one of the co-authors of the report What Works, Wisconsin: What science tells
us about cost-effective programs for juvenile delinquency prevention.

Cheryl Olson works in the Payroll and Benefits Unit in the State Public Defender’s
Administrative Office. She is responsible for processing TACS forms, leaves of absence
forms, LTEs, income continuation insurance, and unemployment compensation. She also
deals with benefit and retirement questions and issues.

Wendy Paget Henderson, Juvenile Justice Policy Analyst with the Wisconsin Council on
Children and Families, has been a child and family advocate since 1997. Ms. Henderson
recently joined the Council to analyze juvenile justice policy in light of recent developments
in adolescent brain research. Since joining the Council, Ms. Henderson co-authored
Rethinking the Juvenile in Juvenile Justice: Implications of Adolescent Brain Development
on the Juvenile Justice System.

Prior to joining the Council, she worked at the Disabilities Rights Center in New Hampshire
and the Children’s Law Center in Boston, where she advocated for the rights of students with
disabilities in the juvenile justice system. She earned her BA in Psychology from Wesleyan
University in Connecticut and her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in

Cynthia Papka began training as a criminal defense investigator in 1994, and became
licensed by the State of Wisconsin in 1996 when she also opened up her own Private
Detective Agency, Badger State Investigative Services, LLC. She currently conducts
criminal investigations for approximately 40 criminal defense attorneys in southeastern
Wisconsin, and has provided investigative services to attorneys for over the past10 years.
Ms. Papka also conducts insurance fraud investigations and writes Private Pre-Sentence
Reports and Memorandums for defendants awaiting sentencing.

Some of the areas she has completed specialized investigative training courses in, are
photography, interviewing children, report writing, gang structure, skip tracing, identify theft,
computer forensics, arson, surveillance, false claims of sexual assault, security, self-defense,
interrogations, public record searching, background checks, crime scene analysis, evidence
collection, wrongful convictions, and has recently become a Level 1 Certified Statement

Ms. Papka is currently the Secretary of the Professional Association of Wisconsin Licensed
Investigators, and has served on the Board of Directors for the past 8 years. She has attended
The Professional Association of Wisconsin Licensed Investigator’s training conferences for
the past nine years, and in 2005 attended The World Investigator’s Conference held in Las
Vegas, Nevada.

Dr. Anthony R. Peterson is a licensed psychologist who has conducted numerous clinical
assessments including fitness for employment evaluations. He has provided training
regarding suicide prevention and assessment to medical personnel on numerous occasions.
Dr. Peterson assists attorneys in strengthening their cases by conducting objective, timely
psychological evaluations for custody and criminal cases.

His interests include investigation into neurocognitive functioning; his research contributions
have been presented at professional conferences. He earned his doctoral degree in clinical
psychology from Argosy University-Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago.

Robert (Rock) Theine Pledl is a solo practitioner in Milwaukee. He received his social
work degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his law degree from the John

Marshall Law School in 1980. He has practiced disability law with the Public Defender’s
office, the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Coalition for Advocacy. He
practices state-wide in cases involving commitment and placement, funding for disability
services, zoning disputes under the ADA and Fair Housing Act, special education and
patients’ rights in group homes, nursing homes and other facilities.

Steven Prifogle is the older son of Joyce and the late Robert Prifogle of Rushville, Indiana.
Twice a graduate of Indiana University, he has been a staff attorney with the SPD since May
1983 with prior postings in the Milwaukee Trial and Ozaukee satellite offices. He has
handled Chapter 980 cases since July 2005 in the Milwaukee Trial Office.

Dennis G. Purtell is the Attorney Manager for the SPD’s Milwaukee Mental Health
Division. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Central Michigan
University in 1978 and his Juris Doctor from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1983.
Mr. Purtell was in private practice before joining the State Public Defender’s Milwaukee
Juvenile / Mental Health Office in 1985. He was a member of the State Bar’s most recent
Mental Health Mandatory Forms Committee. His prior work experience includes juvenile
probation and child protective service worker.

L. Song Richardson is an assistant professor at DePaul University College of Law. Prior to
that, she was a partner at a law firm representing defendants in white collar and serious
felony cases. She has worked previously as a public defender at the Seattle-King County
Public Defender Association in Seattle and at the Federal Public Defender for the Western
District of Washington. Prior to becoming a public defender, she was an attorney in the
Capital Punishment Project of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; the
National Immigration Law Center in Los Angeles; and the Immigration Unit of The Legal
Aid Society in New York City. She is on the faculty at the National Criminal Defense
College in Macon, Georgia and has spoken at numerous conferences across the country on
criminal justice issues. She is a 1993 graduate of the Yale Law School and a 1988 graduate
of Harvard College.

Jeff Robinson is one of the leading criminal defense attorneys in Washington State and has
been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1993. Jeff spent the first seven years of his
criminal defense career as a public defender in state and federal courts. In private practice
since 1988, Mr. Robinson has successfully represented individuals and corporations in state
and federal court on charges ranging from first-degree murder to health-care fraud. He has
experience representing clients in lengthy grand jury investigations that have resulted in no

He received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Marquette University in 1978 and his
law degree from Harvard University Law School in 1981. He is member and immediate Past
President of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a member of the
Board of Directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and faculty of
the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia.

Pedro Rodriguez of the SPD’s Milwaukee Trial Office started with the agency in October of
2002 as an intern from Umos and in January 2003 was hired permanently as a receptionist. In

September of 2004, he was promoted to a legal secretary position with the title of “Agency
Interpreter.” In October 2005, he was part of the team that led the SPD to be recognized and
win the diversity award. He is still the agency interpreter.

John Schiro is a partner in the Law Firm of Schiro and Zarzynski. He graduated cum laude
from the University of Wisconsin Law School, and has been a practicing criminal defense
lawyer since 1980. Mr. Schiro has tried over 300 cases to a jury in state and federal courts
throughout Wisconsin. He is a member of NACDL and WACDL. He practices both trial and
appellate work.

Katherine Schnell started with the State Public Defender’s Office in September 1992 and is
a staff attorney in the LaCrosse office. She graduated from William Mitchell College of Law
and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus. She is currently the facilitator for the
LaCrosse Area Association Criminal Defense Lawyers (LAACDL). She is a mom to the
most wonderful 4-year-old and prefers flying to being invisible.

Mary Scholle is a 1984 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. She has been
a staff attorney in the Milwaukee Trial Office of the State Public Defender since graduation.
Ms. Scholle has represented indigent clients in paternity, misdemeanor, felony and
revocation cases. For the last three years Mary has specialized in cases involving revocation
of probation, parole and extended supervision.

David Schreiter, MS, CADC III, CCS-G, ACRPS-I, ICADC, is founder, owner and
Executive Director of Recovery-Works Counseling Services, Inc., an intensive outpatient
treatment program in Green Bay, Wisconsin, whose program is based solely on the Gorski-
CENAPS® Model of Relapse Prevention. Recovery-Works provides chemical dependency
outpatient treatment and a number of specialized services, including treatment of dual
diagnosis, criminal thinking, and domestic violence.

As a consultant and trainer for the Gorski-CENAPS® Corporation, Mr. Schreiter offers
training to behavioral health professionals, alcohol/drug and mental health associations,
drug courts, recovering communities, certification boards, Universities and colleges, and in
all capacities of the addiction treatment field. His work with the Gorski-CENAPS® model
has earned him a reputation for succeeding where other agencies and clinicians have failed.
Mr. Schreiter first pioneered the Relapse Prevention Protocol into Wisconsin in 1986.

Mr. Schreiter has been working in the chemical dependency field for more than twenty-seven
years and has over twenty-two years experience with the Gorski-CENAPS® Model of
Relapse Prevention. He's been listed in the Who's Who in the Midwest; Who's Who Among
Human Services Professionals; and Men of Achievement (England).

Mr. Schreiter's professional experience includes outpatient services, management of halfway
houses and residential treatment programs, and ten years’ work in an inpatient
hospitalization unit. He attended the Gorski-CENAPS® Relapse Prevention Certification
School in 1986 and was one of the first Certified Relapse Prevention Specialists in the

Mr. Schreiter holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of
Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a Master’s Degree in Business Management.

Ted Schulte started with the agency as an investigator in 1986. He left the agency for about
18 months in 1995 and returned to a clerical position which has evolved into a position best
described as an “Intake Specialist.” He is primarily responsible for eligibility interviews in
the jail and case opening and closing on eOPD. He recently learned that he is much, much
nearer to retirement than he thought he was.

Jodi Severson is the Legal Associate for the Rice Lake Trial Office. She has been employed
by the Public Defender’s Office since 1995 when she moved to Rice Lake from Johnstown,
Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of the University of the Pittsburgh where she earned a
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and minor in Sociology. She has been facilitating
computer trainings for the annual conference for five years.

Stephen A. Small is Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the University
of Wisconsin-Madison. He joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty in 1985. He
also holds faculty appointments in Educational Psychology, Nursing and Social Work and
serves as the Human Development and Family Relations Specialist for the University of
Wisconsin Cooperative Extension. He received his Ph.D. in developmental psychology from
Cornell University in 1985. Dr. Small has served as a member of the Wisconsin State
Legislature's Special Committee on Teen Pregnancy Prevention, the National Research
Council's Committee on School Violence and the National Academy of Science’s Forum on
Adolescence. He has testified on federal drug policy for the U.S. Senate and on youth issues
for the Wisconsin State Legislature. Dr. Small currently serves as a commissioner for the
City of Madison’s Community Services Commission.

Dr. Small's interests span both research and its practical application. His work is primarily
focused on adolescent and adult development, parenting, program development and
evaluation, prevention science, and action-oriented research methods. For more than 20 years
Dr. Small has been working with communities across Wisconsin and the nation to help them
understand and address the concerns, aspirations, and positive and problematic behaviors of
young people and their families. This program of research and action has addressed a range
of issues including adolescent risk-taking, youth violence, positive youth development,
mental health, sexuality, drug use, parent-child relations, and building organizational and
community capacity. Dr. Small is currently working with the Wisconsin Office of Justice
Assistance and the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Commission to identify effective programs,
interventions and practices that can reduce youth crime and delinquency and promote more
optimal outcomes for young people.

Kathy Smith started with State Public Defender’s Office in 1985. She worked in the SPD’s
Madison Trial Office for 15 years, as a legal secretary, lead secretary, program assistant
supervisor, and then Regional Office Administrator. Ms. Smith has worked in the SPD’s
Administrative Office for five years as a Budget and Policy Analyst. Before joining the
SPD, she worked at the Department of Justice for nine years, and three years in private

practice. She is also a single parent.

Rhonda Stauss is currently a Program Assistant Supervisor in the Milwaukee Trial Office.
She has been with the agency for 19 years.

Cynthia Stoppel is an Assistant State Public Defender in the Janesville Office, where the
majority of her caseload involves revocation of probation, parole and extended supervision.
She lost count of the number of revocations done at 200, but she continue to believe these
hearings, while sometimes difficult, have a significant impact on the lives of SPD clients.

Erich C. Straub is an attorney concentrating in deportation defense, the immigration
consequences of criminal convictions, naturalization, and family-based immigration. He
presently serves as vice-chairperson of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Immigration
Lawyers Association. He also serves as a faculty member for the American Immigration
Law Foundation’s Litigation Institute. He is listed in the 2006 edition of Best Lawyers in
America in the area of immigration law. Prior to concentrating in immigration law, he
practiced criminal defense exclusively for ten years. He is a member of both NACDL and
WACDL and a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia.

Guy Taylor has been an Assistant State Public Defender since graduating from the UW Law
School in 1987. He was lead counsel in an attempted homicide and arson case which
reportedly featured the first use of DNA evidence by the defense at trial in Wisconsin. He
found himself on CNN and AP worldwide in another bizarre public defender case which he
eventually got dismissed on competency grounds.
Kelli Thompson is the Deputy State Public Defender. Ms. Thompson received her
undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in
1993, and her law degree from Marquette University in 1996.
She 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, Ms. Thompson 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. She returned to the SPD in 2003,
and served as Training Director and Legal Counsel before being appointed Deputy State
Public Defender.
Ms. Thompson is active in a variety of community organizations, including the Wisconsin
Literacy Council and the Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation.

Michael 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 has served as the Director of the SPD Trial Division since 1994. He has spoken at

numerous SPD training programs, co-authored two chapters of the SPD Policies and
Procedures Manual, and authored the 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 Education Committee. Mr. Tobin earned his undergraduate degree
at Swarthmore College and his law degree at the University of Texas at Austin.

Ramon Valdez is a 1988 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School. He
is licensed to practice in Kansas, Wisconsin and, hopefully soon, Texas. Mr. Valdez was an
Assistant State Public Defender from March 1989 until April 1997. Since April 1997, he has
been in private practice concentrating in criminal defense.

Deja Vishny heads the Homicide Practice Group in the Milwaukee Trial office of the
Wisconsin State Public Defender. She is also Training Coordinator for the SPD. Ms. Vishny
has practiced criminal defense for over 25 years and currently concentrates her practice in the
defense of homicide cases. She is an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at Marquette Law
School and is on the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia.
She has lectured around the country including talks for the National Association of Criminal
Defense Lawyers, the New Hampshire Public Defender’s Office, the Wisconsin Public
Defender’s Office, the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Association of Criminal
Defense Lawyers, and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association. She was recently
elected to serve a three year term on the Board of Directors for NACDL.

John Wabaunsee received his J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law and is
admitted to practice in Colorado, Wisconsin and the U.S. Supreme Court. He joined the
Public Defender’s Office in 1987 and became the head of the La Crosse Office in 1993 and
then in 2001 he returned to a staff attorney position. He is also Chief Judge of the Prairie
Band Potawatomi Court of Appeals and a special judge for the Ho-Chunk Nation courts.

Dianne Weber is the University of Wisconsin-Extension Family Living Educator for
Washburn County Wisconsin and a Professor in the Department of Family Development,
University of Wisconsin Extension. She holds a BS in Home Economics Education and a
Masters of Education Professional Development from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Ms. Weber’s major programs are in the area of Parent Support and Community Partnerships,
and Family Caregiving. Popular teachings include the Strengthening Families Program for
Parents and Youth 10-14, The Teen Brain: A Work in Progress, and Powerful Tools for

Ms. Weber is the Chair of the Employed Caregiver Task force of the Wisconsin Alliance for
Family Caregiving, and is a trainer in the Elder Care and Work curriculum. She is
collaborating with Annette Bjorklund and others on a research and curriculum project for
high school students and their parents entitled “The College Transition: Managing Stress and
Maintaining Health.”

Ms. Weber has been employed as a faculty member of UW-Extension since 1976.

Beth Whittemore- LCSW, LMFT received her MSW and Marriage and Family therapy
certification in St. Louis, Missouri. She provides therapy in both urban and rural outpatient
mental health centers, in Madison at Lutheran Social Services and in Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin
at Pathway Clinic, working with families, adolescents and a general mental practice. Her
specialty is in treating domestic violence perpetrators, and has been providing assessment
and treatment in the Motivating Effective Non-Violence (MEN’S) group treatment in the
Madison area for the past 13 years. Ms. Whittemore is a Certified Batterer Treatment
Provider in WBTPA and sits on the Abuser Monitoring Subcommittee of the Domestic
Violence Task Force of the CCR and helped develop the “Community Dialog” in 2000.

Tracey A. Wood is a shareholder with the Madison criminal defense firm of Van Wagner &
Wood, S.C. She is the president-elect of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense
Lawyers and is a past president of the Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
Ms. Wood has also been selected to serve on the Board of Regents for the National College
for DUI Defense and is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers,
serving on that organization’s DUI committee. Ms. Wood was Wisconsin’s first attorney
certified as a standardized field sobriety test instructor. She is a contributing author of
“Drunk Driving Defense” by Lawrence Taylor and Steven Oberman. She is a frequent
speaker at and organizer of national seminars related to the defense of drunk driving cases.

Michael Yovovich started his legal career as an appellate lawyer with the Illinois State
Appellate Defender in 1976. He was hired by Steve Hurley who had just had the Illinois
death penalty declared unconstitutional. Mr. Hurley left for Madison shortly thereafter as a
private practitioner and Mr. Yovovich followed a year later joining the new Wisconsin State
Public Defender’s Office as an appellate attorney in Madison. He was a First Assistant there
for a few years and he also was the editor for the publication which preceded the Wisconsin
Defender. His most memorable cases involved having the mandatory school attendance law
struck down as unconstitutional as applied to private schools and making the attempt to
commit an offense more difficult to prove. He retired from the agency recently, but remains
on the Wisconsin Defender Editorial Advisory Board. He currently maintains a very private
practice with no clients or cases.

Dr. Thomas Zander is an honors graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law
School (J.D., 1977). He began his career as a lawyer with the State Public Defender's Office,
specializing in the representation of persons with mental disabilities. He continued such
representation during his 13 years as executive director of the Legal Aid Society of
Milwaukee, Inc. In addition to representing thousands of individual clients, he successfully
litigated numerous appellate and class action cases on behalf of mentally disabled persons,
including Watts v. Combined Community Services Board, in which the Wisconsin Supreme
Court held that people placed by courts in nursing homes were entitled to annual judicial
reviews of their need for continued placement, and Jones v. Gerhardstein, in which the
Wisconsin Supreme Court held that involuntarily committed individuals have a constitutional
right to exercise informed consent for the administration of psychotropic drugs. He also
holds a doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy.D., 2005) from the Illinois School of

Professional Psychology. He did his internship at the Mendota Mental Health Institute in
Madison, and his post-doctoral residency with the Wisconsin Forensic Unit in Milwaukee.


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