Monthly Archives: January 2014

Making a difference for homeowners in foreclosure

By Sarah Orr

The Foreclosure Assistance Clinic (FAC) is a weekly, free, drop-in legal clinic where UW Law School Consumer Law Clinic students and volunteer lawyers provide limited-scope assistance to homeowners in foreclosure. The students and lawyers from a variety of practice areas have donated over 700 hours to the FAC and helped over 300 homeowners since mid-2010. While the worst of the foreclosure “crisis” may have abated, homeowners still need basic legal information and assistance to navigate the process.

dcfpt logoThe FAC was created by the Dane County Foreclosure Prevention Taskforce to help homeowners both regain some control over their situations and tell their personal stories in a legal system that can feel impersonal. We help homeowners understand how to respond to the foreclosure lawsuit and provide information about additional resources, such as mediation and financial counseling services. The homeowners leave the FAC with renewed determination to persevere. One client remarked, “It’s a wonderful resource during this financial turmoil.” Another client found that the FAC “helped make a hard time a little easier.” A few clients were astounded that they could meet with a local lawyer and law student free of charge. They were deeply grateful for the time we spent with them.

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Support builds for judicial code amendment

In early 2013, the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission convened a working group to examine possible changes to the Wisconsin Code of Judicial Conduct that would provide additional guidance to judges to help address one of the challenges raised by the growth in self-represented litigants. On September 13, 2013, the Commission filed Petition 13-14 withContinue ReadingContinue Reading

New leadership at Disability Rights Wisconsin

By Rita Lord On September 30, 2013, Daniel Idzikowski became the new executive director at Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW). A graduate of Marquette Law School, he has spent his career working for social justice organizations, including the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund (APPALRED), Legal Services of Northeastern Wisconsin, the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee, LegalContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Inns of Court pro bono project

by Kent A. Tess-Mattner As part of its mission “foster excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills,” the Leander J. Foley, Jr. Matrimonial Chapter of the American Inns of Court in Milwaukee is helping to staff the Milwaukee Justice Center (MJC) at the courthouse as its service project for the 2013-14 academic year. TheContinue Reading

Mobile legal clinic is on a roll

Marquette Law School and the Milwaukee Bar Association have partnered to launch the Milwaukee Justice Center Mobile Legal Clinic, a specially outfitted bus designed to help provide free, brief legal advice to individuals who find themselves outside of the areas currently served by legal volunteer efforts in metropolitan Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently included theContinue ReadingContinue Reading