Office of the Wisconsin State Public Defender
2008 Annual Criminal Defense Conference:
Creative Strategies for Difficult Cases
September 25 & 26, 2008
Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
Heather Adamson is a staff investigator for the West Bend office of the Wisconsin State Public
Defender’s Office. Ms. Adamson has been employed by the agency since 1999, first working in
the Milwaukee Trial Office as a secretary, paralegal and an investigator.
Peter Anderson has worked in the Training Division of the Wisconsin Public Defender’s
Office since 2000. Prior to coming to the SPD he was responsible for new employee
training at the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Wisconsin Survey Research
Laboratory. Mr. Anderson holds a B.S. in Education from the University of Wisconsin-
Hal Arenstein is a 1979 graduate of Case Western Reserve University College of Law.
His 25 years of practice has been confined to criminal defense in both State and Federal
Courts. He recently was qualified as an expert in the Federal Sentencing Guidelines in the
Federal District Court in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Mr. Arenstein has testified for the defense in a federal criminal case as a witness on the
Sentencing Guidelines and the substantial benefit the cooperating co-defendant received
in exchange for testifying on behalf of the government. He is a past president of the
Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and was recently elected to a
second term on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense
lawyers. He formerly served as Co-Chair of the NACDL Membership Committee and
through his efforts, membership for NACDL has exceeded 10,000 members. Mr.
Arenstein is now Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee.
Mr. Arenstein is a frequent lecturer on various areas pf trial practice. His presentations
include "Defending Individuals Charged wit Sexually Abusing Children," "Discovery
Issues in Complex Criminal Litigation," " Miranda and The Pre-Trial Statement,"
"Preparing for the Snitch," "Post Traumatic Stress Disorders and The Battered Spouse,"
"Evidentiary Issues in Drug Prosecutions," "New Developments in the Federal
Sentencing Guidelines," and "Preparing to Cross Examine on Forensic Issues Pertaining
to the Crime Scene."
Mr. Arenstein has defended citizens accused of crimes in Illinois, Missouri, West
Virginia, Georgia, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky and Alabama.
Recently, Mr. Arenstein traveled to Cuba as a member of an NACDL sponsored
delegation which studied their criminal justice system meeting with professors,
legislators, criminal defense counsel and prosecutors.
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Court Commissioner Patrice Baker is the Probate Court Commissioner for Milwaukee
County. Prior to this she was in private practice for over 13 years. Her practice areas were
probate, children’s, family and criminal law. She took numerous appointments over the years
from the Office of the State Public Defender. Commissioner Baker received her law degree
(1991) and undergraduate degree (1988) from Marquette University.
Samuel Benedict is the First Assistant State Public Defender in the SPD’s Waukesha
office. He has been employed as a staff attorney for the SPD since 1979 after graduating
from The Ohio State University College of Law. In addition to defending juveniles and
adults charged with criminal offenses, he is a frequent lecturer on trial skills and juvenile
law topics. He is an adjunct professor of law at Marquette University Law School and
teaches Juvenile Law.
Jennifer 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.
When Governor Doyle created the Commission to Reduce Racial Disparity in the WI
Criminal Justice System in 2007, Ms. Bias was appointed. After the release of the
commission’s final report, the Governor created an Oversight Commission with
responsibilities for advocacy and accountability in reducing racial disparity in WI. Ms.
Bias currently serves on that commission.
Ms. Bias 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, Ms. Bias an unsuccessful candidate for Racine Circuit
County Judge. Also 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
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
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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.
Amelia Bizzaro, Marquette 2003, is an associate attorney at Henak Law Office, S.C.,
Milwaukee, a firm dedicated solely to state and federal criminal appeals and post-
conviction work. Prior to joining Henak Law Office in 2005, she was the Director of the
Legal Services Program at the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, Inc., and a staff
attorney at Centro Legal por Derechos Humanos, Inc. She is a member of the Wisconsin
and National Associations of Criminal Defense Attorneys, as well as the state bar’s
Appellate Practice Section. She is co-chair of the Milwaukee Bar Association’s
Bench/Bar Court of Appeals Committee.
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 –
Donna Boutelle works in the Payroll and Benefits Unit in the State Public Defender’s
Administrative Office. She is responsible for processing new employee paperwork, insurance
applications, payroll changes and worker’s compensation claims.
Jerome F. Buting is a shareholder in the Brookfield law firm of Buting & Williams, S.C.
He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University and his law degree from
the University of North Carolina. He is a past director of the National Association of
Criminal Defense Lawyers, a past president of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal
Defense Lawyers, and is former Chair of the Wisconsin State Bar Criminal Law Section.
Mr. Buting was an Assistant State Public Defender in the Milwaukee trial office from
1981-1990 and his present private practice is entirely criminal defense, both trials and
appeals. He obtained the reversal of conviction and new trials in State v. Ted Oswald and
State v. Ralph Armstrong (reversing a 25 year old murder conviction). He has defended
the citizen accused in many serious high profile trial cases, including State v. Steven
Avery, and has dealt with DNA evidence extensively in many cases.
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Colleen Butler is the Director of Community Outreach and Racial Justice at the YWCA
of Madison. She is a certified facilitator for StirFry Seminars Unlearning Racism
Workshops, as well as for World-Trust Inc. Heart to Heart Conversations. Ms. Butler has
been a part of the YWCA of Madison Racial Justice Committee since its inception in
2001 and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Regional YWCA Great Lakes Alliance
(GLA) Racial Justice Affinity Group. She has conducted trainings for the GLA and
within her own community on facilitating Racial Justice Dialogues and creating
specialized Racial Justice Initiatives. Ms. Butler created the on-line Racial Justice
training program for Madison’s incoming staff and volunteers, which became a National
Hallmark Model Program. She serves on the Dane County Equal Opportunities
Commission, and is currently involved in the initiative to decrease the racial disparity in
the incarceration rate in Dane County. Ms. Butler received a BA in Social Sciences and is
currently working towards her Master’s degree in Intercultural Relations.
Dr. Mercedes Cameron
Raeshann Canady became a member of the homicide practice group in the agency’s Milwaukee
office in March 2008. Prior to that, she practiced for three years as an Assistant State Public
Defender in Ozaukee County. Ms. Canady represents adults who are charged with a variety of
misdemeanor and felony offenses, including sexual assault and possession of child pornography.
Prior to working with the Office of the State Public Defender, Ms. Canady was an advanced
practice Social Worker for seven years. As a Social Worker, she worked with abused and
neglected children at the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare and the Milwaukee Court
Appointed Special Advocates Program, and she conducted custody and placement evaluations at
Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee, Inc.
Milton Childs is an Assistant State Public Defender in the Racine Trial Office. He received an
undergraduate degree in Business/Economics from Xavier University of Louisiana. He has a
Master of Business Administration degree from Keller Graduate School of Management and he
received his law degree from Marquette University Law School. He has also worked in the
Sheboygan Trial Office and was in private practice. While in law school, Mr. Childs interned
with the Federal Defender of Wisconsin, Legal Action of Wisconsin and Centro Legal. Mr.
Childs is a graduate of the State Public Defender’s Leadership Development Program. His
project dealt with determining what reentry programs are available for Wisconsin prisoners.
John Chisholm has dedicated his career to keeping Milwaukee County safe. He has
worked tirelessly to prosecute and remove some of the most violent and dangerous
criminals from our community. Mr. Chisholm believes in methods that produce real
results and make this County safer. He believes in taking a pro-active approach to
fighting crime, and his experience demonstrates that.
Mr. Chisholm began dedicating his life and career to public service in 1994, when he
began working at the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office. He has prosecuted
over 60 jury trials and countless court trials and motions. He has prosecuted general
misdemeanor, domestic violence, and felony drug offenders. In 1999 Mr. Chisholm was
promoted to team captain and created the Firearms Enforcement Unit (Operation
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CEASEFIRE). He currently supervises the gun unit, HIDTA (High Intensity Drug
Trafficking Areas) and is deeply involved in the Community Prosecution Unit.
Mr. Chisholm has experience directing the most sensitive investigations related to
wiretaps and electronic surveillance. He has directed several wiretap operations in the last
five years, including operations against violent street gangs.
Before becoming an Assistant District Attorney, Mr. Chisholm went to law school at
UW-Madison. There, he spent most of his time in the clinical programs of the law school
(now called the Remington Center) including Legal Assistance to Institutionalized
Persons and the Prosecution Clinic (LAIP). Through LAIP, he represented prisoners for
criminal appeals, divorces, child payments, and visitation. He received the Catherine
Manning award in 1993 for his hard work with LAIP.
Prior to law school, Mr. Chisholm served in the United States Army. He enlisted as a
private in the United States Army-Infantry and served as an enlisted soldier for a couple
of months. He then was accepted to Officer Candidates School and was commissioned a
2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry, which took him to Airborne School at Ft. Benning,
Georgia. After becoming airborne qualified he moved on to Camp Greaves, Korea for
nearly two years where he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Company Executive
Officer in the 1-506th infantry regiment. There he led troops in combat patrols on the
demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. His leadership abilities were
recognized with awards such as the Expert Infantryman's Badge and the Army
Commendation medal. Mr. Chisholm then was promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Mr. Chisholm attended Marquette University High School
prior to attending St. John's University for 2 years. He then transferred to Marquette
University where he received his Bachelor's Degree, having majored in English
Literature and minored in Philosophy.
Mr. Chisholm and his wife, Colleen, have one son, Teddy.
Michael D. Cicchini is a criminal defense attorney practicing in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Super Lawyers and Milwaukee Magazine have named him among “the top young lawyers
in Wisconsin” for three consecutive years. He has also published extensively on criminal
and constitutional law, including articles in the Tennessee Law Review (forthcoming,
January 2009), the Arizona State Law Journal and the Seton Hall Law Review. He is a
1999 summa cum laude graduate of the Marquette University Law School. He also holds
an MBA degree (Marquette University, 1994) and a CPA certificate (Illinois Board of
Examiners, 1997). More information, including the full text of his published articles, is
available at www.CicchiniLaw.com.
Rick Coad is an attorney with Hurley Burish & Stanton, which he joined in 2007 after serving as
an Associate Federal Defender in both Madison and Green Bay. Mr. Coad has extensive federal
court experience in both the Western and Eastern Districts of Wisconsin, and consequently has
an appreciation for the meaninglessness of the Eighth Amendment. He has also briefed and
argued cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. In 2007, he was lead
counsel on Logan v. United States, a case in which he challenged the application of the federal
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firearms law’s 15-year mandatory minimum penalty enhancement based upon misdemeanor
repeater convictions, which he argued in the United States Supreme Court. Milwaukee Magazine
and SuperLawyer’s Magazine have listed him as a Rising Star. He graduated from Gettysburg
College in Pennsylvania, and received his J.D. from the William Mitchell College of Law in St.
Paul, Minnesota, which holds the dubious distinction of having Warren Burger as an alum.
Stanley Cole currently helps run the Violence Free Zone Program, and has spent the last
12 years as a Youth Outreach Worker. He is one of the most decorated Youth Worker’s
in Milwaukee history, and in 2001 was chosen as “Youth Worker of the Year” by the
Wisconsin Association of Children and Youth Care Professionals. He has gone on to
establish and run a number of different organizations that work to empower the local
youth to lead through peace into the future.
In more recent year, Mr. Cole has become a highly sought after trainer regarding gangs,
youth leadership, youth and adult partnerships, coalition building, cognitive intervention,
crime fighting, youth entrepreneurship and Urban Tech software programs. He has
spoken all over the region and has been quoted in both local and national media forums.
His own experiences with many of the issues that face Milwaukee youth today make Mr.
Cole an invaluable asset to Youth Outreach programs all over the state of Wisconsin.
Dale Coventry has been a public defender in Chicago for 21 years. He is part of the Homicide
Task Force, Multiple Defendant Division. He was previously a High School English teacher and
Peace Corp Volunteer.
Corinne Cramer has been with the agency for 19 years. Ms. Cramer has been manager of the
Collection and Verification Unit since 2002 and prior to that was an administrative support staff
member in the Rhinelander trial office. She has also held legal and administrative positions with
three other State of Wisconsin agencies for a combined total of 34 years of state service. Ms.
Cramer is responsible for ensuring accurate client billing and collection of attorney fees,
determination of client ability to pay, and account dispute resolution in accordance with State
statutes and policies. She also oversees the verification of client eligibility and supervises four
staff members in the unit.
Rodney L. Cubbie is a solo practitioner specializing in criminal defense. Mr. Cubbie is a
former Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. For a part
of his tenure in the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. Cubbie headed the Organized
Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, investigating and prosecuting drug distribution
organizations. After leaving the United States Attorney’s office, Mr. Cubbie was a
litigation partner in Foley & Lardner’s Milwaukee office, where he was a member of the
White-Collar Crime and Health Care Provider Operations practice groups.
Jeff De La Rosa is a 1996 graduate of the University of California-Irvine and a 1999 graduate of
the University of Wisconsin Law School. While in private practice Mr. De La Rosa appeared
before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and the Wisconsin Supreme Court and focused on state
and federal criminal defense until joining the Jefferson office of the State Public Defender in
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Catherine Dorl is First Assistant State Public Defender for the SPD’s Madison Trial region.
Previously, she was Attorney Manager of the Jefferson SPD office. Ms. Dorl is on the faculty of
the SPD’s Trial Skills Academy program and is a regular presenter at various SPD training
Lindsey Draper is a Judicial Court Commissioner for Milwaukee County. He received his
undergraduate degree from Seattle University and his law degree from Marquette University
Law School. He was previously an Assistant District Attorney and Assistant State Public
Defender, handling juvenile cases in Milwaukee County Children’s Court.
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 he oversees SPD staff and private bar
attorneys representing indigent clients from all 72 Wisconsin counties in postconviction
Armintta Franklin was employed with the City of Racine for 25 years prior to joining the staff
at Kenosha State Public Defender’s Office. During her tenure, she provided administrative
support for various departments. As a public servant, she had the opportunity to serve
individuals from various ethnic backgrounds.
In 2006, she completed her undergraduate degree at Cardinal Stritch University in Business
Management with emphasis in Human Resources. She is currently enrolled in the online program
at the University of Phoenix seeking to obtain a Masters degree in Management with a continued
focus in Human Resources.
Her quest to have a career in Human Resources prompted her to join Wisconsin Association of
Equal Opportunity (WAEO), a professional organization that provides training to Affirmative
Action Officers and other Human Resource Practitioners. The organization’s membership
consists of government employees and employees from the private sector. She has been a
member of the organization for 8 years and served as conference chairperson for 3 years. Her
responsibilities as conference chairperson included developing workshop topics on issues
relative to diversity, affirmative action and equal opportunity. Additionally, she has worked on
various community projects that address the impact of poverty, racism and crime in Racine.
Steven Faulks has 15 years experience as an investigator with the Public Defender’s Office. He
is a retired Senior Trooper from the Kentucky State Police prior to coming the SPD. During his
tenure with the Kentucky State Police, he was assigned to the SRT Team where he was trained in
a wide variety of firearms including handguns, shotguns fully automatic weapons and sniper
rifles. He also has five years military experience including three years active duty with the 101st
Airborne Division where he was trained in an extensive arsenal of firearms including handguns,
fully automatic rifles, grenade launchers and light machine guns. After completing active duty,
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he served two years in the Kentucky National Guard where he was a member of the M16
firearms training unit that competed in various rifle competitions.
William Gallagher is a 1987 graduate with honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law
in Chicago. After seven successful years as a trial attorney in the Lake and Cook Country
Public Defender Offices in Illinois, he moved to Cincinnati in 1994. Since joining the
Law Offices of Hal Arenstein, Mr. Gallagher has confined his practice to criminal cases
in both state and federal courts.
In addition to the many jury trial victories, Mr. Gallagher has tried 13 Capital Murder
trials in three different states with none of his clients receiving the death penalty.
Currently, Mr. Gallagher is one of only a few local lawyers in private practice handling
federal Habeas Corpus litigation.
Mr. Gallagher is a past president of the Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers
Association. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ohio Association of
Criminal Defense Lawyers and the current Co-chair of the CLE committee of the
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers where he serves on the Board of
Mr. Gallagher is a frequent presenter on a variety of topics relating to criminal defense.
His presentations have included topics such as "Opening Statements", "Evidentiary Issues
in Drug Cases", "Professionalism", "Theories and Themes in Criminal Cases" and "Direct
Appeals in Capital Cases".
In addition to his guest lecturing, Mr. Gallagher is a past adjunct faculty member at
DePaul University Law School and is currently on the Adjunct faculty at the university of
Cincinnati Law School. He has taught in the areas of Ethics, Trial Advocacy, and
Mr. Gallagher is a founding member of the Ohio Innocence Project located at the
University of Cincinnati Law School. He serves on its Advisory Board.
In 2003 Ohio Governor Taft appointed Mr. Gallagher to serve as the Ohio Sentencing
Chairman, a position he still holds.
Justice Janine P. Geske currently serves as a Distinguished Professor of Law at
Marquette University Law School. She served as interim dean of Marquette Law School
from July 2002 to July 2003 and as interim Milwaukee County Executive from February
28 to May 6, 2002. She previously served on the Wisconsin Supreme Court from 1993-
1998. From 1981-1993, she was a Milwaukee County circuit court judge. Prior to
becoming a judge, she served as chief staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of
Milwaukee and then as clinical director and assistant professor of law at Marquette
She served as the Association of Marquette University Women Chair in Humanistic
Studies, 2000 - 2001 and is a member of the faculty of the National Judicial College in
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In 2007, she was awarded the 2007 Thurgood Marshall College Fund Legacy Award, the
2007 American Inns of Court 7th Circuit Professionalism Award, the 2007 U.S. Postal
Service Government Service/Law Award, the St. Norbert College Ambassador of Peace
Award, the SET Ministry Transformation Award, an honorary member of Phi Beta
Kappa. In 2006, Justice Geske was awarded "The Woman of the Word Award from the
Milwaukee Cathedral Place (a women and children's homeless shelter), The "Difference
Maker Award" from the American Bar Association General Practice, Solo and Small
In 2003, Marion College in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin awarded Justice Geske an honorary
doctor of law degree and Marquette University High School awarded her the Spirit of St.
Ignatius Award.. In 1998, she received an honorary Doctor of Law degree from
Marquette University and an honorary doctorate of humanities from Mount Mary College
in Milwaukee. In that same year, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association selected her as
the Newsmaker of the Year and the Milwaukee Press Club honored her by choosing her
as the Milwaukee Headliner of the Year. In both 1994 and 2002, the Milwaukee Bar
honored Justice Geske with its "Lawyer of the Year" award. Justice Geske was
recognized by Marquette University as the 1993 Law School Alumnae of the Year and as
the 1994 Alumnae of the Year. She was also honored with an alumni Service Award from
Beloit College in 2002. She further received the Archbishop's Vatican I Award for
communication in 2002 and was granted a Special Achievement Award as a Wisconsin
Leader in the Law that same year. The Friends of the Benedict Center gave Justice Geske
their Justice Award in 2003.
She also has been recognized by receiving the Marquette University Criminology and
Law Studies Program Veritas et Justitia Award, 1994 (for dedication to truth and justice),
the Professional Dimensions' Sacajawea Award, 1994 (for exceptional community
service and leadership), the Legal Aid Society's Equal Justice Award, 1992 and the
Outstanding Citizen Award, Pi Lambda Theta, 1992.
Justice Geske has served as the commencement speaker at a number of college and
university graduation ceremonies. She frequently teaches at judicial, legal and
community conferences on mediation, restorative justice, sentencing, evidence, the
courts, and spirituality and work. She also leads retreats and workshops on spirituality in
everyday life. She was the dean of the Wisconsin Judicial College for five years and is a
member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Wisconsin, Fellows of the
American Bar, American Law Institute, Association of Conflict Resolution and the
Wisconsin Association of Mediators.
Justice Geske is a member of the American Law Institute, Fellow of the American Bar
Foundation, Fellow of the Wisconsin Bar Foundation, Fellow of the American College of
Civil Trial Mediators, member of the Association for Confliction Resolution, member of
the Alternative Dispute Resolution sections of the American and Wisconsin Bar
Associations, member of the Standing Committee for Indigent Defense, Federal Public
Defender's Office, and member of the Board of Trustees for the Greater Milwaukee
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Foundation, Chair of the Board of Directors of Marquette University High School,
member of the Board of Directors for the Opus Prize ( an annual $1 million humanitarian
award), member of the Department of Corrections Victims Advisory Committee. She has
previously served as the Dean of the Wisconsin Judicial College, member of the Board of
Trustees for the International Centre on Healing and the Law, former member of Inns of
Courts-Madison, Inns of Court-Milwaukee, Mayor John Norquist's Task Force on
Drugs/Crime in the Neighborhoods, Wisconsin Equal Justice Task Force, Task Force on
Victims' Rights Amendment, Milwaukee Homicide Advisory Panel, State Bar
Commission on Delivery of Legal Services, Beloit College Board of Trustees, and
Milwaukee Bar Association Board of Directors.
Justice Geske graduated from Beloit College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a
Masters of Arts in Teaching and received her J.D. from Marquette University Law
School. Special Recognitions include: Recognized in the 2005-2006, 2006-2007 , 2007-
2008 Best Lawyers in America for her work in alternative dispute resolution
Representative Tamara Grigsby was elected to the Wisconsin Legislature in November
2004 as a Representative to the 18th Assembly District in Milwaukee.
Representative Grigsby is a 1992 graduate of Madison Memorial High School. She
received her B.S. from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1997 and her Masters
in Social Work from University of Wisconsin Madison in 2000. Upon receiving her
Masters Degree, Representative Grigsby worked as a family Social Worker focusing on
youth, parents involved in the child welfare system, and families in crises.
As a compliment to her family Social Work practice, Representative Grigsby joined the
Wisconsin Council on Children & Families in Milwaukee as a Program Manager where
she worked from 1999 until her election in November 2004. There she worked on
reducing racial disparities in child well-being and improving systems that serve children
and families. Through her work at the Council, Representative Grigsby was very
involved in advocating for change in the Child Welfare, W-2, Educational and Criminal
Justice systems. In addition to her advocacy work, Representative Grigsby taught at UW-
Milwaukee in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare from 2001 to 2004.
Representative Grigsby has a strong interest in social and economic justice, racial
equality and issues that impact children, youth and families. Her civic and volunteer
activities include: youth mentoring, and membership in the NAACP, Sherman Park
Neighborhood Association and National Association of Social Workers. Representative
Grigsby is enthusiastic about her new responsibilities in Madison and sees her role as
being a “voice for the people” and an advocate for our state’s most vulnerable
Rep. Grigsby has been especially concerned with the many disparities the African
American community faces, including disparities in the health, education, and criminal
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justice systems. She was instrumental in bringing these issues to the attention of
Governor Doyle who created a Task Force on Reducing Racial Disparities in the
Criminal Justice System, on which Rep. Grigsby served. Rep. Grigsby continues to work
work the Governor’s office to implement the recommendations of the Task Force.
Representative Grigsby’s legislative committee assignments for the 2007-08 legislative
session are: Children and Family Law; Criminal Justice, Workforce Development and
Assembly Rules. In addition, Rep. Grigsby serves on the following boards: Interstate
Adult Offender Supervision Board; Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council; W-2
Monitoring Task Force; Family Impact Seminars Advisory Board; Felmers Chaney Pre-
Release Correctional Center Community Advisory Board; the Mentoring Connection
Advisory Panel, Milwaukee Achievers Literacy Services, Justice 2000, and the
Governor’s Task Force on Reducing Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System.
In addition, she was unanimously selected to be the Democratic Caucus Vice-Chair for
the 2007-2008 legislative session.
Rep. Grigsby was recently selected as a Fellow by the Center for Policy Alternatives’
Flemming Leadership Institute, a program that trains emerging state legislators from
across the 50 states. She joins a diverse, bipartisan group of 38 legislators in their first or
second terms in office who have demonstrated superior leadership ability, dedication to
public service and a commitment to use government to implement practical policy
She was also selected by the American Council of young Political Leaders (ACYPL) as a
delegate to South Africa for a fourteen-day political study program in 2006. ACYPL
targets young political leaders likely to assume future leadership positions in their
national governments. Their international exchanges build brides between emerging
leaders in the U.S. and other countries to promote mutual understanding and respect for
each others political cultures and ideologies.
Rep. Grigsby received the 2005 Excellence in Education Award from the TAA/AFT
members of Local 3220, the 2006 Award for Community Service Dedication from
Voices Beyond Bars for her efforts and advocacy on restorative justice and reintegration
initiatives, and the 2007 Eleanor Roosevelt Award from the Democratic Party of
Wisconsin for her commitment to the Democratic cause and engagement in social
Rep. Grigsby, 33, lives on Milwaukee’s northwest side.
William 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-Platteville.
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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.
Krista Halla-Valdes is currently working as an Associate Federal Defender for Federal
Defender Services of Wisconsin, Inc. She works in the Green Bay office which is in the Eastern
District of Wisconsin and joined the office in January of 2006. Prior to working in Wisconsin,
she represented clients as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Southern District of
Florida in Miami, Florida, for eight years (1998-2006). Before she began my career as a federal
public defender, Ms. Halla-Valdes worked as an attorney with Black, Srebnick & Kornspan, in
Miami, Florida from 1995-1998. Her work with them predominantly involved defending clients
in federal court on federal criminal charges.
Ms. Halla-Valdes graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a B.A. in 1992
and then attended Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. where she graduated
with her J.D. summa cum laude in 1995.
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
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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.
Michael Hart has practiced in the areas of criminal defense, civil litigation, and personal
injury matters for twenty years. During that time, he has distinguished himself as a trial
lawyer with an imposing courtroom presence. Court TV has identified Mr. Hart as one of
the state's most prominent criminal defense attorneys, and he has been recognized by
judges and lawyers throughout the state as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer.
Over the last two decades, Mr. Hart has obtained successful results in a large number of
serious felony cases, including homicides, sexual assaults, and drug conspiracies, and has
achieved notable results in a variety of white collar cases. Mr. Hart's successes have also
included one of the largest defamation awards in state history against a private individual,
which included a six-figure punitive damage award.
Mr. Hart has successfully represented a wide variety of high-profile clients, including
members of the National Basketball Association, National Football League, Major
League Baseball, as well as law enforcement officers and corporate executives. Many of
Mr. Hart's most satisfying courtroom victories, however, have come from cases that don't
make the evening news – the cases where hardworking people face the harsh
consequences of being investigated and prosecuted by a government with unlimited
resources and no mercy.
Mr. Hart maintains a strong legal presence locally and nationally. He is a member of the
State Bar of Wisconsin, the State Bar of Michigan, the American Association for Justice,
the Wisconsin Association for Justice, and the National Criminal Defense Association of
Defense Lawyers. In addition to his active litigation practice, Mr. Hart serves on the
Board of Directors of the Bradley Center Sports and Entertainment Corporation.
Mr. Hart earned his Bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1985 and his
law degree from the Michigan State University College of Law in 1988. A native of Flint,
Michigan, he practiced in the Detroit area prior to moving to Wisconsin, where he
founded Kohler & Hart in 1993. Mr. Hart is licensed to practice before Wisconsin State
and Federal District Courts, as well as Michigan State and Federal District Courts.
Carey Haughwout is the Public Defender for Palm Beach County since 2001. She has
practiced criminal law since 1983. She is a board certified criminal trial lawyer, a fellow
of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and serves on the Florida Bar Criminal Rules
Committee. She has served at the request of Governor Chiles and Governor Bush on the
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Domestic Violence Clemency Panel and served at the request of the Supreme Court on
the committee which proposed minimum qualifications for counsel in capital cases. She
is a past president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, served on the
Board of Legal Specialization and Education, and on a variety of local committees
dedicated to the improvement of the system of justice. Besides the administrative duties
of managing a 200-person law office, Ms. Haughwout maintains an active trial practice
of homicide cases.
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 joined the Council in 2005 to analyze juvenile justice policy in light of the
recent developments in adolescent brain research. She authored the recently released
recidivism study, Risking their Futures: Why trying nonviolent 17-year-olds as adults is
bad policy for Wisconsin. She co-authored the WCCF publication, Rethinking the
Juvenile in Juvenile Justice and has been actively engaged in the statewide effort to
return 17-year-olds to the original jurisdiction of the juvenile court. Prior to joining the
Council, she advocated for the rights of students with disabilities in the juvenile justice
Ms. Henderson is actively involved with the Coalition for Juvenile Justice and the
National Juvenile Justice Network. She has presented on justice issues in Wisconsin and
nationally. She earned her BA in Psychology from Wesleyan University in Connecticut
and her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston.
Cynthia Herber has lived in Wisconsin since 2003 and been a Certified Spanish
Interpreter since 2004. She was born and raised in Mexico City, where she received her
J.D. from the Universidad Anahuac, A.C. in 1990. In 1992 Ms. Herber was the recipient
of a National Scholarship from the National Center for Science and Technology in
Mexico (CONACYT) to attend the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she
served as the LL.M class representative to the Student Council.
After graduating from Penn with a Master of Law degree in 1993, Ms. Herber moved to
Washington D.C where she was a Visiting Scholar for the Environmental Law Institute
within its Latin American Program. In 1994, she returned to Mexico City and served until
1996 as the Assistant General Counsel for International Negotiations for the Mexican
Department of Commerce (SECOFI), where she participated in numerous international
trade negotiations, including the final round of negotiations of the Labor and
Environment Agreements to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and
the preliminary rounds for the negotiation of a free trade agreement with Chile. Until
1995 she was a member of the Latin American Bar Association.
From 2003 - 2004 Ms. Herber served as the Associate Director for Centro Legal. Since
obtaining her certification as a Court Interpreter Ms. Herber has provided Spanish
Interpreting for defendants in criminal matters in the Circuit Courts of Milwaukee,
Kenosha, Racine, Walworth, Jefferson and Dane Counties. She has also interpreted in
Family Court, Juvenile and Children’s Court, Social Services meetings, Attorney-Client
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conferences, both private and through the State Public Defender Trial and Appellate
Divisions, depositions, probation hearings, and medical settings.
During the Spring of 2007, Ms. Herber served on the faculty of the Milwaukee Area
Technical College (MATC) in their Court Interpreter Program, lecturing on “Ethics and
Terminology for Court Interpreters”. She is a member in good standing of NAJIT
(National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators), ATA (American
Translators Association), MATI and CHICATA.
Ms. Herber has been involved in numerous community organizations. She has served on
the Board of the Women’s Division of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and the
Milwaukee Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. She lives in Glendale with her
husband, Rabbi Jacob Herber, and their children.
Kent Hoffmann is the Attorney Manager of the State Public Defender’s Peshtigo Office. He
graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1991. Mr. Hoffmann has been
employed with the State Public Defender agency since 1993 (six years in the Milwaukee trial
office and nine years in the Peshtigo office). He has handled several high profile homicide
cases. He also worked in client services in the Milwaukee trial office while attending college.
Stephen Hurley’s more than 35 years of practice provides clients with the background necessary
to litigate complex cases. Mr. Hurley is highly regarded throughout the state for his expertise in
criminal defense. His persuasive presentation in the courtroom and knowledge of the law make
him an effective litigator for civil cases as well. He was nominated and elected by his peers to
the American College of Trial lawyers. His reputation earns him many referrals from colleagues
for both criminal and civil cases.
Mr. Hurley practices before agencies, state and federal courts, and has successfully represented
clients at all stages: from pre-suit or pre-charging negotiations, through appeals before the
appellate and supreme courts.
Various bar associations frequently request Mr. Hurley to lecture on evidence, trial advocacy and
criminal defense topics. Since 1989 he has been an adjunct professor at the University of
Wisconsin law School, a popular teacher on evidence and trial advocacy. In 1998 he was
appointed by Governor Tommy Thompson as a member of the Criminal Penalties Study
Committee, composed of judges, lawyers and corrections officials, which provided advice about
implementation of Wisconsin's Truth in Sentencing Law and which rewrote the penalty structure
for criminal offenses.
Mr. Hurley was recently profiled by the Isthmus magazine in a cover story titled "Hurley for the
Defense." In addition, the American Bar Association Journal had a feature article on Mr.
Hurley’s recent victory on behalf of a client.
John W. Johnson, Jr. is an Investigator-Senior in the Rhinelander Office of the Wisconsin State
Public Defender, where he has worked fulltime since 1995. Prior to that, for several years, he
owned and operated John Johnson Investigations. Mr. Johnson holds the following credentials:
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A.A. (Liberal Arts); A.A.S. (Police Sciences / Criminal Justice); B.A. (Liberal Christian
Studies); M.Min. (Christian Counseling Psychology), and he also holds an earned D.Min degree
from Freedom Bible College and Seminary.
Mr. Johnson is also an ordained minister, an adjunct member of the staff of Freedom Bible
College and Seminary, and serves as the National Director of Freedom Prison Ministries, an
ecumenical 501 (c) 3 non-profit Christian ministry, where he regularly speaks to large groups of
inmates in various prisons. He is also a certified chaplain and serves on the volunteer chaplaincy
staff at Ojibway Correctional Facility (Marenisco, Michigan), Baraga Maximum Security Prison
(Baraga, Michigan), and has provided chaplaincy services at Stanley Correctional (Wisconsin),
Jackson Correctional (Wisconsin), and the McNaughton Correctional Center (Wisconsin).
Mr. Johnson was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 2004, from Freedom Bible
College and Seminary, and was inducted that same year into the Wisconsin State Public
Defender’s Rubin Society. Mr. Johnson is a 1993 graduate of the North Central Technical
College Police Academy (Police Recruit School); a 1997 graduate of the Northwestern
University Traffic Institute; a 2000 graduate of Fox Valley Technical College’s Evidence
Technician Program, and a 2008 graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Sex Crimes
Investigation course. He has completed many other specialized courses and holds an advanced
professional certification from the National Defender Investigator Association.
Dr. Gregory Jurenec, Ph.D., has been a practicing Clinical Psychologist for over 25 years. He
has worked in many different venues, including private practice, hospital and nursing home
consultation, as well as day treatment and inpatient psychiatric settings. Of the 23 years at the
Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, he has served as the Clinical Program Director
of the Rehabilitation Center, and most recently, as a Treatment Director for an adult inpatient
psychiatric unit. In the latter capacity, he routinely consulted with public defenders and the
Corporation Counsel on civil commitment issues, and testified in hundreds of cases. He recently
delivered a presentation at the Wisconsin Psychological Association Convention on the civil
commitment process. Dr. Jurenec is presently retired from the Milwaukee County Behavioral
Health Division, and is now an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in the graduate
program at Cardinal Stritch University.
Honorable Charles F. Kahn, Jr. is a Circuit Court Judge for Milwaukee County,
Wisconsin, currently assigned to preside over large claims civil lawsuits. In 16 years on
the bench, Judge Kahn has conducted hundreds of jury trials and thousands of motion
hearings, court trials and sentencings on a wide variety of civil and criminal matters.
Prior to taking the bench in 1992, Judge Kahn was a trial attorney handling business
litigation, computer law, criminal defense and juvenile proceedings. He began his career
as a public defender serving 10 Wisconsin counties. Judge Kahn received his B.A. from
George Washington University (1972) and his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin
Judge Kahn teaches evidence to judges throughout the United States for the National
Judicial College. As is a member of the steering committee for the Wisconsin
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Consolidated Courts Automation Program (CCAP) he played a key role in the
development of the Wisconsin courts’ case data website: http://ccap.wicourts.gov/ .
His hobbies include photography, and aviation.
Honorable Joan Kessler is Judge for the Court of Appeals, District 1. She obtained her B.A.
degree from the University of Kansas and her law degree from Marquette University. Prior to
becoming judge, she was a United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and law
clerk to the Honorable John W. Reynolds. Judge Kessler was in private practice for Warshafsky,
Rotter & Tarnoff, Kessler and Kessler, and Cook and Franke, S.C. She was also Litigation
Partner for Foley & Lardner from 1981 to 2004.
Judge Kessler has taught Professional Responsibility at the University of Wisconsin Law
School and Marquette Law School and “Social Welfare and the Law” at the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Social Welfare.
She is a member of the American Law Institute, the Wisconsin Bar Association, the
Association of Women Lawyers, and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Judge Kessler received the Distinguished Service Award in 1994 from the State Bar of
Judge Kessler’s previous civic activities include the Girl Scouts of Greater
Milwaukee/Board of Directors, the Women’s Business Initiative Corp/Board of
Directors, Chair of the Wisconsin Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations
Labor Standards Advisory Board, the Legal Aid Society/Board of Directors-Vice-
President, Michael’s Community School/Board of Directors, the Selective Service
Appeals Board, Eastern District of Wisconsin, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Criminal
Justice Council, and the Urban League/Board of Directors.
She is married with two adult daughters.
Mary Kay Kollat, Department of Corrections Reentry Director, is a member of the
Department’s senior management team who coordinates the agency’s efforts to improve
community safety by improving the process for the return of offenders to the community
after they have completed their prison sentence. Ms. Kollat oversees the Department’s
reentry initiative, promoting offender accountability and success from prison admission
through release and supervision in the community.
Ms. Kollat started her Department of Corrections career in 1995 as a Correctional Officer at the
Dodge Correctional Institution. She then worked at Winnebago Correctional Center, where she
coordinated the Center’s Volunteer Services and trained Department staff in Restorative Justice
and Victim Impact. During this same time, Ms. Kollat held positions, to include Case Manager,
with a community-based corrections agency. Ms. Kollat later served as Program Director at the
Wisconsin Resource Center and the Redgranite Correctional Institution before joining the John
C. Burke Correctional Center as Assistant Superintendent in June 2002. She took over as
Superintendent at McNaughton Correctional Center in October 2005 and was appointed to her
current position in March 2007. She attends the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
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Along with her broad-based experience of staff supervision and program administration
at both female and male correctional facilities and in a residential-based program, Ms.
Kollat has extensive experience in developing and maintaining positive community
partnerships. Collaborations Ms. Kollat has initiated with the University of Wisconsin
System, private community social service organizations, as well as community and faith-
based organizations has led to the development and execution of specialized programs for
confined offenders to include restorative justice, victim impact, wellness, and offender
Ms. Kollat serves as a Department representative and liaison to other state, local and
community-based agencies as it relates to reentry programming.
Bridget Krause graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Arts in
Criminology and History in 1997. She graduated from Marquette Law School in May
2000 and began working at the SPD’s Milwaukee Trial Office in June 2000. Ms. Krause
currently handles felony cases, mostly felony drug cases. She also works with the
homicide unit and has done numerous homicide jury trials as a second chair to Attorneys
Deja Vishny, J.C. Moore and Richard Johnson. The most recent homicide was the
Miguel Ayala- Miller Executive armed robbery/homicide. Her greatest accomplishments
are her two children, Drew-4 and Cassie-2.
Wm. Jameson Kunz ("Jamie") served as a public defender for 27 years, first with the Cook
County office, where he was a member of the Homicide Task Force and, later, Director of
Training, and then in DuPage County. He received his JD from the University of Chicago Law
School in 1972, after a BA from Yale and five years teaching at the University of Malawi
(Central Africa). Now in slow private practice, he continues to put in time on the coaching staff
of various trial advocacy seminars for criminal defense attorneys.
Sue Lalk joined the agency in 2001 with the Training Division where she provided assistance
with the SPD Conference, Trial Skills Academy and miscellaneous training registrations and
coordination. She is currently with the Assigned Counsel Division as Assistant to the Director,
Deb Smith, and working with private bar attorneys and experts.
Jean M. La Tour is an Assistant State Public Defender in the Waukesha Office. She has
been with the SPD since 1993. She is a 1993 graduate of the University of Wisconsin
Michele LaVigne is a Clinical Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School and
a former public defender. She is the director of the mock trial program at the Wisconsin
School for the Deaf and has written several law review articles on deafness, language
acquisition, and the law. Ms. LaVigne also went on to co-author a book regarding the
inherent struggles that deaf defendants face in a courtroom and the need to more closely
examine due process. Earlier this year, she testified as an expert witness for the defense
in a death penalty case brought against a deaf woman in Sioux Falls, SD.
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While a professor at the Law School, she has directed the Remington Center’s Public
Defender Project, in which law students are placed as interns in public defender offices
throughout Wisconsin. She currently guest lectures in various states on her expertise
regarding the deaf and hard of hearing, and recently received the Distinguished Member
of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Association of the Deaf.
Michael Lieberman is currently the Supervisory Associate Federal Defender in the
Western District of Wisconsin, where he has been since January 2005. Before that, Mike
was an Assistant Federal Defender in the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria
Division, from January 2002 through December 2004. He received his B.A. from the
University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1987. He then relocated to Washington D.C., where
he attended law school at the Washington College of Law at American University,
receiving his J.D. cum laude in 1992. After law school, Mike worked in a small firm for
a few years before starting a solo practice in 1996. His practice focused almost
exclusively on federal criminal defense, and almost all as a member of the CJA panel.
He was also an adjunct professor at the Washington College of Law, teaching in the
Criminal Justice Clinic.
Robert LeBell is a partner in the firm of LeBell, Dobroski & Morgan, LLP. He practices
criminal law in both federal and state courts at the trial and appellate levels. He has litigated
many Sexually Violent Persons (SVP) civil commitment proceedings. He has taught lawyers and
mental health professionals on the subject of SVP proceedings and other issues related to the
defense of sexual assault allegations in Florida, Arizona, California, Ohio, Nevada, Illinois,
Missouri, Kansas, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Canada.
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.
Greg Martin is retired from active service with the Madison Police Department after serving
from 1970 to 2000. Since that time, he has been working as a forensic expert and crime scene
reconstructionist and has been accepted as an expert witness for both the defense and the
prosecution. He has prepared written opinions and testified as an expert witness in the fields of
fingerprints, blood spatter, tool marks, crime scene reconstruction, motor vehicle accident
reconstruction, ballistics and firearms.
Donna Martinez received her J.D. degree from UW-Madison in 1978 and has been a staff
attorney for the State Public Defender’s Office since 1979. Her first assignment was at the
Milwaukee Juvenile Office, followed by 5 years in the Oshkosh Trial Office, 12 years in the
Milwaukee Trial Office, and 12 years in the Waukesha Trial Office. She spent 4 years while in
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Milwaukee Trial solely in revocation practice, duking it out with P & P at over a thousand
hearings with approximately a .300 average.
Craig Mastantuono, of Mastantuono Law Office, SC, is a criminal defense lawyer with a
private practice in State and Federal courts in Wisconsin. He started his career in the Trial
Division of the Wisconsin Public Defender’s Office, where he specialized in defending drug
cases. He holds a law degree from DePaul University and a bachelor’s degree from Loyola
University of Chicago. He is on faculty at Carroll College, where he teaches Criminal Procedure.
Neil McGinn is an attorney in the SPD’s Milwaukee Trial Office. Mr. McGinn is on the faculty
of the SPD’s Trial Skills Academy program and is a frequent presenter at SPD training
Mary McMurray B.S., provides services and consultation in areas of chemical testing of
breath, blood or urine for ethyl alcohol and the interpretation of the analytical results. Ms.
McMurray provides consultation and review of laboratory analysis and expert testimony
in both civil and criminal cases. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1984 from
the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She has worked in the field of forensic alcohol
testing since 1986 and has forensic experience with breath alcohol testing devices
including the Intoxilyzers, DataMasters, ECIRs and Draeger 7110. Ms. McMurray has
been involved with in-vivo and in-vitro research studies concerning the physiological
effects of ethyl alcohol and issues related to testing for alcohol. She has also taught and
given presentations at numerous professional training classes, seminars, conferences and
meetings. Ms. McMurray has qualified and testified as an expert witness in her specialty
areas in courts across the United States and in Canada.
Philip Mergen is a Training Assistant for the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office.
He has worked in the Administration Office in Madison since graduating from Viterbo
University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Sociology in 2006. Prior to
graduating, Philip interned with both the La Crosse and Sparta Public Defender‘s Offices.
Reyna I. Morales has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Binghamton University, Binghamton New
York and a law degree from Marquette University Law School. She came to Milwaukee to go to
Law School and stayed for the charm of the city. She has xperience handling juvenile, mental
health, revocation, misdemeanor and felony cases. Ms. Morales believes that no case is too big
or too small and that it is all about the client and the effects proper representation will have in the
outcome and consequences.
Mark Natwick 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. He remained a member of the psychiatric
nursing team at this mental health center for several years. 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
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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.
Lyonel Norris has been an Assistant Federal Defender in the Office of the Federal Public
Defender in Minneapolis since August 2002. Prior to joining the Federal Public Defender, he
was Director of the Office of Equity in the Minnesota Department of Children, Families &
Learning and an Assistant State Public Defender in the Office of the Minnesota State Public
Defender where he provided appellate representation of criminally convicted individuals. Mr.
Norris received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School where he was
Editor of the Journal of Law and Equality, on the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Team and a
member of the Black American Law Students Association.
Craig Oliver is a married father of two and has four grandchildren. He is currently
Senior Managing Partner for Stonebridge Diversity, LLC a Consulting Company. Mr.
Oliver is a graduate of Bradford University with a B.A. degree in Liberal Arts and M.A.
in Public Administration.
Mr. Oliver is a Community Advocate. He served as Special Assistant to the Wisconsin
State NAACP, First Vice-President Racine Branch NAACP, State Chairman, Political
Action Wisconsin State NAACP. Mr. Oliver is also a board member for the following
organizations; Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Community Reentry Program and Minority
Mr. Oliver has received the following awards; Theodore W. Harris Humanitarian Award, Most
Committed Supporter, Outstanding Community Member, Black Men for Change, Contributor
Appreciation, Cops N Kids and Recognition Award – Core Group Member Community Re-
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.
Laurie Osberg has been an Assistant State Public Defender for 23 years. She started in the Rice
Lake Office, and has been in the Eau Claire office for the past 19 years. She has practiced law
throughout Northwestern Wisconsin, in front of numerous judges. Ms. Osberg practices
sentencing advocacy as a major part of her practice, because, sadly, most of her clients are guilty
of something, and more often than not, provide that information to law enforcement.
Kathy Osvat-Korte is an attorney in the SPD’s Milwaukee Juvenile/Mental Health Office. She
is a frequent presenter at SPD training programs.
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Randall E. Paulson works in Milwaukee, handling post-conviction matters and appeals.
He received his bachelor’s degree from UW-Eau Claire, and graduated from the UW Law
School. He spent a year in private practice and five years as a trial-level public defender
in Stevens Point before moving to Milwaukee and the public defender’s appellate
division, where he has worked since 1993. He was the first public defender to represent
his agency at meetings of the Wisconsin Criminal Jury Instructions Committee. From
1999-2003, he was an agency liaison to the private bar, where his work included
continuing legal education seminars. He has given numerous presentations on topics such
as interlocutory appeals (he maintains an outline on this subject on the public defender’s
website), the law of sentencing (he handled both State v. Gallion, 2004 WI 42, 270
Wis.2d 535, 678 N.W.2d 197, and State v. Brown, 2006 WI 131, 298 Wis.2d 37, 725
N.W.2d 262), jury instructions, and judicial disqualification.
Larry Peterson is an attorney in the SPD’s Janesville trial office. He is a frequent presenter at
SPD training programs.
Tom Phillip graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1994, after
which he worked at the Green Bay office of the State Public Defender for about nine
years. He then took a job at the Green Bay office of Federal Defender Services of
Wisconsin, Inc., where he has worked for the past five years. He misses traffic court.
Robert G. Pultz is an Administrative Law Judge at the Wisconsin Division of Hearings
and Appeals-Madison office. He received an undergraduate degree from the University
of Wisconsin-La Crosse and is a cum laude graduate of the University of Wisconsin-
Madison Law School. Mr. Pultz held previous positions as a Trial Tax Attorney at the
Wisconsin Department of Revenue and Assistant Legal Counsel for the Wisconsin
Department of Corrections. While serving the latter position, Mr. Pultz was lead counsel
on DOC v. Dowell, 2005 WI 34, 279 Wis.2d 223, 693 N.W.2d 703, and argued the case
in the State Supreme Court. While attending law school Mr. Pultz worked as a probation
and parole agent. He is a member of the State Bar’s Government Lawyers Committee on
CLE and volunteers as a Big Brother in Madison, Wisconsin.
Paul M. 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
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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 proceedings.
Margie Rem has worked in Human Resources at State Public Defender’s Office since
March 25, 2007. She has worked for the State of Wisconsin in several positions since
MaryAdele Revoy currently works as Adolescent Development Specialist for the Wisconsin
Council on Children and Families. She works with individuals, agencies and communities on
utilizing the recent developments in adolescent brain research to enhance their youth programs
and interventions. Before her arrival at the Council she worked as Program & Planning Analyst
for the Division of Juvenile Corrections (DJC) within the WI Department of Corrections. In that
position she served as the PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) Coordinator for the Division and
assisted in developing department-wide trainings. Ms. Revoy also served as policy analyst, grant
writer, coordinator of the Division’s committee on AODA issues and resource for the policy
changes regarding juvenile sex offenders. Prior to DJC, she served as Crisis Intervention Worker
at Taycheedah Correctional Institution where she worked with women dealing with many
victimization issues along with coping with incarceration.
Her career had not always been in state government. Ms. Revoy started out as weekend advocate
for the Waukesha Women’s Center before becoming a staff member at Wisconsin Coalition
Against Domestic Violence (WCADV) during graduate school. From there she moved to Idaho
to become the first Director of the Women’s Center at Idaho State University and then on to the
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence in Harrisburg, PA. She has a Bachelor’s degree
in Philosophy from St. Norbert College and attended the University of WI-Madison where she
graduated with honors from the School of Human Ecology with a Masters in Child and Family
Karen Rohr has been in state service 17 years. Before joining the state, Ms. Rohr worked as a
patent secretary with a law firm. She began state service with the Department of Justice in 1991
and worked there for six years, then with the Department of Health and Family Services for five
years, and has been with the State Public Defender’s Office for almost six years. Ms. Rohr is
responsible for records management, prepares the monthly agency newsletter, and serves as
liaison to the State Public Defender Board. She also assists the Agency Leadership Team as
needed on various projects, and oversees the administrative receptionist position.
Meredith Ross, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin 1985, J.D. University of Wisconsin 1990, is a
Clinical Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and Director of the Frank J.
Remington Center, a clinical program of the Law School. The Remington Center includes
several projects in which law students provide legal assistance to Wisconsin prison inmates.
Prof. Ross is the author of “Sentence Modification and Early Release for TIS Inmates,”
Wisconsin Defender, Winter/Spring 2005; and has spoken to the practicing bar about early
release mechanisms under Wisconsin law.
Kitty Scherer is an investigator in the SPD’s Sheboygan office.
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Hank Schultz is a 1977 graduate from Cornell College and a 1980 UW Law School graduate
from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He has been with the Wisconsin State Public
Defender’s Office for 25 years. During that time, he served as co-counsel in Richards v.
Wisconsin, 520 U.S. 385 (1997) and is President-Elect of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal
Kathy Smith has worked for the State Public Defender’s Office for 22 years this time around.
In her early years, she spent 9 years at the Department of Justice, with one year in the middle of
that at the SPD Appellate Office. Ms. Smith worked at the Madison Trial Office for 15 years,
starting as a Legal Secretary and working up to Regional Office Administrator. In 2000 it was
time for a change, and she moved to the Administrative Division as a Budget and Policy
Analyst. The chances are good that she will retire from the OPD.
Dawn Stachowiak is a Program Assistant Supervisor for the Public Defender’s Office. She has
worked in the Milwaukee Juvenile/Mental Health office since graduating in 1986 with an
associate’s degree in Legal Secretarial.
Rhonda Stauss is a Program Assistant Supervisor for the State Public Defender’s Milwaukee
Trial Office. She has worked in the Milwaukee Trial office since graduating in 1986 with an
associate’s degree in Paralegalism. Most computer knowledge has been self-taught through trial
and error. Feel free to contact her with any questions.
Tracy L. Stewart is an Investigation Coordinator at the Fair Housing Center of Greater
Madison. She formerly worked as an Investigator for the City of Madison Equal
Opportunities Commission. Ms. Stewart is a volunteer facilitator with the YWCA of
Madison’s Racial Justice Program. She is a certified facilitator for StirFry Seminars
Unlearning Racism Workshops, as well as for World-Trust Inc. Heart to Heart
Conversations. Tracy, former YWCA of Madison Board President, was a founding
member of the YWCA of Madison Racial Justice Committee in its inception in 2001 and
was honored as YWCA Volunteer of the Year in 2005. Ms. Stewart has trained hundreds
of people throughout the Dane County community. She received a BA in Social Sciences
from Alverno College.
Kathleen Stilling is an attorney in the Brookfield law firm of Buting & Williams, S.C.
She received her undergraduate degree and her law degree from the University of
Wisconsin. She is a founding member and past president of the Wisconsin Association
of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and a member of the National Association of Criminal
Defense Lawyers and Association for Women Lawyers. Ms. Stilling was an Assistant
State Public Defender in the Milwaukee trial office from 1981 - 1989 and her present
private practice is entirely criminal defense, both trials and appeals. She represents adult
and juvenile clients in cases involving sexual offenses, drugs, alcohol and domestic
violence. She lectures in the areas of sexual assault cases, ethics and trial practice.
Cynthia Stoppel left private practice to become a staff attorney at the Janesville Public Defender
office. For several years, the majority of her caseload was focused on only revocation and
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somewhere around 300 she lost count. She has handled the old parole revocations, probation, and
extended supervision revocations and a couple of the fairly rare parole rescission cases. She’s
had just about everything happen in these hearings from recanting and impeaching witnesses,
expert witness testimony, an in the jail line-up identification, and P.O.’s who just didn’t get it
right, to clients who just wanted an opportunity to tell their story.
Erich Straub is an attorney concentrating in family-based immigration and deportation
defense. He presently serves as 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 2006-2008 editions
of Best Lawyers in America in the area of immigration law. Prior to focusing on
immigration, he was a criminal defense attorney for a decade and is a graduate of the
Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia.
John Tedeschini is a detective with the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) in Alberta, Canada and
is currently assigned to the Major Case Section of the Professional Standards Branch. Mr.
Tedeschini spent the first nine years of his career as a patrol officer followed by almost six full
years assigned to the EPS Polygraph Unit. His responsibilities in the unit included forensic and
pre-employment polygraph testing as well as developing, implementing and instructing interview
and interrogation training to EPS members.
In addition to his work with EPS members, Mr. Tedeschini has also instructed for other police
agencies, provincial government investigators and the private sector. Most recently, he was an
invited speaker last June at the “3rd International Conference on Investigative Interviewing” in
Quebec, Canada where he presented his paper: Moving Beyond the Conventional Wisdom – A
Progressive Approach to Police Interview and Interrogation Training.
Mr. Tedeschini would like to point out that he is honored to have been asked to present this
paper at the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s 2008 Annual Criminal Defense Conference and
to have the opportunity to speak on Contemporary Witness Investigation Techniques.
John Tompos is a staff attorney in the SPD’s Madison Trial office.
Kieu Vu has been with the agency since 2001 as the Fiscal Officer. Her 18 year career with the
State of Wisconsin also includes nearly ten years with the Department of Corrections. Ms. Vu is
the SPD's chief accountant, responsible for maintaining and reconciling the agency's financial
accounts, and for ensuring that the agency's purchasing, payments and cash handling are in
accordance with State statutes and policies. Ms. Vu supervises the fiscal unit in the
administrative division, which is responsible for auditing and processing all payments except for
bills submitted by the private bar attorneys. Ms. Vu graduated from UW-Madison.
James Walsh received his J.D. from Marquette University Law School. His senior year of Law
School, he participated in the Public Defender Clinic and worked in the Milwaukee Trial Office.
Upon graduation from Law School, he joined the State Public Defender’s Office as a staff
attorney in the Eau Claire Trial Office. He has been a staff attorney in Eau Claire since 1991.
He handles misdemeanor and felony cases, juvenile cases, and mental health commitments. He
previously served on Chippewa Valley Soccer League Board, is a current board member of
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McKinley Charter School, and volunteers at the free legal clinic. He also coaches youth soccer
and for numerous years was an attorney coach for the Regis High School Mock Trial Team.
William Weigel, Marquette 1984, serves as Litigation Counsel for the Wisconsin
Supreme Court - Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR). He prosecutes or supervises the
prosecution of Wisconsin attorney disciplinary actions, medical incapacity cases, license
reinstatement hearings and appeals. Mr. Weigel began work as OLR’s chief prosecutor
in 1996, before which he was in private practice.
Mr. Weigel presents ethics, regulatory and professionalism programs throughout
Wisconsin and nationally. He is an officer and board member for the National
Association of Lawyer Regulation entities and also serves as a municipal judge.
Honorable Maxine White
Dr. George Woodworth
Elizabeth Wright graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1989. Prior to
joining the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office as a staff attorney in 2000, she was in
private practice in California, Montana, Minnesota and Wisconsin. She also worked for the
public defender’s office in Missoula, Montana.
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