Milwaukee to host regional access to justice hearing on September 13

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You are invited to a public hearing in Milwaukee to share what you know about the challenges facing low income residents in southeastern Wisconsin when they need legal help with critical civil (not criminal) legal problems. The event is being organized by the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission. We want to hear from you!

When: September 13, 2012, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: Marquette University Law School, Appellate Courtroom, 1215 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee – Directions & Parking

Your experiences, suggestions and insights on issues of housing, safety, family, employment and more are important to us. Who is finding help? Who is falling through the cracks? What impact has finding, or not finding, legal help made in your life or the lives of the people you serve? What is Wisconsin doing well for its low-income or vulnerable residents who need help with civil legal issues? What should we all be doing? How are you helping to meet the civil legal needs of those who cannot help themselves?

This is your chance to tell the panel of Commission members and community leaders that we’ve assembled what’s important to you or to the people you serve.

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Madison to host regional access to justice hearing on September 18

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You are invited to a public hearing in Madison to share what you know about the challenges facing low income residents in southcentral Wisconsin when they need legal help with critical civil (not criminal) legal problems. The event is being organized by the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission. We want to hear from you!

When:  September 18, 2012, 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Where:  Madison Area Technical College, 1701 Wright Street (Room 142-Lounge) – Directions

Your experiences, suggestions and insights on issues of housing, safety, family, employment and more are important to us. Who is finding help? Who is falling through the cracks? What impact has finding, or not finding, legal help made in your life or the lives of the people you serve? What is Wisconsin doing well for its low-income or vulnerable residents who need help with civil legal issues? What should we all be doing? How are you helping to meet the civil legal needs of those who cannot help themselves?

This is your chance to tell the panel of Commission members and community leaders that we’ve assembled what’s important to you or to the people you serve.

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Compelling testimony in Eau Claire on the importance of access to justice

Panel members at the hearing
Judge GaleWyrick, Gregg Moore & Mike Waterman

It was a remarkable evening in Eau Claire. Members of the community came out on July 31 to share their thoughts about the state of access to justice in the area. Representatives from domestic violence prevention groups, the court system, legal services organizations, the faith community and the private bar concurred that the needs they see are growing. Rosemary Elbert, Executive Director at Wisconsin Judicare noted a fundamental her organization faces in trying to meet the civil legal needs of the indigent in northern Wisconsin: “The funding is going down. The needs are going up.”

The Commission is particularly grateful for the participation of elected representatives from the area, including Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, Sen. Bob Jauch, Rep. Kathy Bernier and Rep. Warren Petryk. Congressman Ron Kind was represented by Mark Aumann from his Eau Claire office. Other hearing panel members included Court of Appeals Judge Gary Sherman, 10th Judicial District Deputy Chief Judge Molly GaleWyrick, Mike Waterman from the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors, Robin Thibado from West CAP and Linda McIntyre from the Community Foundation of Dunn County. They were joined by Commission members Gregg Moore and Duana Bremer

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