Monthly Archives: April 2014

New legal resource for Wisconsin veterans

Center for Veterans IssuesWisconsin veterans and their families who are at risk for homelessness now have a new legal resource thanks to a VA Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program (SSVF) grant that funds a collaboration between Legal Action of Wisconsin (LAW) and the Center for Veterans Issues (CVI). The goal of the partnership is to provide free legal services through LAW to low-income veterans and their families who are homeless or who are at-risk of being homeless, who meet other eligibility requirements, and are enrolled with CVI’s SSVF program. The funding allows LAW to dedicate one attorney at each of its offices in Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Racine.

Some of the legal services that LAW may be able to provide those who are eligible for the SSVF program include: assistance in applying for and retaining SSI/SSDI and other public benefits, consumer issues, bankruptcy, foreclosure defense, landlord/tenant issues, ordinance or traffic citations, driver license restoration, occupational license preservation and restoration, family, and employment issues. The purpose is to help veterans secure and maintain permanent stable housing.

Clients must contact CVI at (414) 345-4265 to be screened for eligibility before being referred to LAW. A referral form (doc) that can be used by veterans and referring agencies is available along with a map showing CVI’s coverage area (pdf).

Limited scope representation gets a boost

On April 4, the Wisconsin Supreme Court voted unanimously to adopt a series of changes proposed in Petition 13-10 to expand support for limited scope representation arrangements between lawyers and clients. The changes, which take effect in January 2015, have broad support in the access to justice community and have been a key priority forContinue Reading

From victim to advocate – one survivor’s story

For years, Judy Woller slept facing the bedroom door, listening for the click of a gun being cocked. Woller’s husband objected to her spending time with other people and became upset when she wouldn’t quit her job or stop going to church. Over time, his anger escalated and he threatened to kill her and theirContinue Reading

Pro bono spotlight – Terry Young

Five years ago, Attorney Terry Young became involved with Legal Action of Wisconsin’s Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP), working on the Tenants’ Rights Project. Young, who works as Assistant General Counsel & Assistant Secretary for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, said he was drawn to pro bono work by a deeply rooted core value ofContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Supporting judicial discretion to ensure fair hearings

On February 24 the Wisconsin Supreme Court held a public hearing on Petition 13-14, which requests amendments in the Wisconsin Code of Judicial Conduct to provide better guidance to judges in addressing the challenges raised by the growing number of self-represented litigants. The petition, filed by the Access to Justice Commission last September, proposes modifyingContinue Reading

Provider spotlight – ABC for Health

By Bobby Peterson, Executive Director, ABC for Health, Inc. Since our founding in 1994, ABC for Health, Inc. has displayed a passion for quality legal services related to access to health care and coverage issues. We focus on linking children and families, particularly those with special health care needs, to healthcare benefits and services. ABCContinue Reading

Community foundation support for medical-legal partnership in Wausau

The Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin has awarded Wisconsin Judicare a grant that will allow Judicare and Bridge Community Health Clinic (BCHC) to improve and continue their medical/legal partnership in Wausau. The Community Foundation, based in Wausau, is a nonprofit community corporation, created by and for the people of north central Wisconsin. It seeks,Continue Reading