November 17 meeting update

Commission members met in Marquette University Law School’s beautiful new Eckstein Hall for their final meeting of 2010. The Commission received updates from its committees on proposed activities and issues that committees have identified as priorities for further work. Commission members also refined a draft statement of shared core values to guide their work on a wide range of systemic issues from legal aid funding and self-help initiatives to public education and civil right to counsel proposals. …

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November 17 meeting agenda

The agenda for the Commission’s Fall meeting on November 17 in Milwaukee is now available. November 17 2010 agenda (pdf)

Commission appointments completed!

With the announcement yesterday by Governor Jim Doyle that he is appointing Kelly Burger, Duana Bremer and Deedee Rongstad to the Commission, we now have our full complement of 17 board members. Last week, Speaker Mike Sheridan announced the Wisconsin Assembly’s appointment of Marvin Wopat to the Commission. Here is a quick summary of the new members (more information will be added shortly to our Biographies page): By Speaker Sheridan Marvin Wopat (Rock County Board of …

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ABA acts on civil right to counsel

The ABA House of Delegates voted on Tuesday to adopt two key documents supporting a limited statutory civil right to counsel for the poor in cases where basic human needs are at stake. One of the resolutions was a set of principles that could serve as a guide as states approach this issue. The second was a Model Act intended to serve as a framework for states in drafting actual legislation to implement a limited …

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July post-meeting update

Dreyfuss Center UW Stevens PointYesterday, the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission board held its quarterly meeting in beautiful Dreyfuss University Center on the campus of UW Stevens Point. The meeting had a full agenda of both substantive and administrative issues to address. What follows is a meeting summary prepared by Commission staff (draft minutes will be uploaded to the About page soon).

On the substantive front, there was wide-ranging discussion of the Commission’s purpose, the scope of its responsibilities and the Commission’s capacity to address the difficult issues raised by trying to expand access to justice in the civil legal system for low income Wisconsin residents. This is the beginning of what will undoubtedly be extensive and continuing discussion about the Commission’s role and priorities. It is an important discussion to have. Some encouraging themes emerged.

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July meeting agenda available

The agenda for the July 27, 2010 Commission meeting in Stevens Point is now available here.  Setting up a committee structure for the Commission will be the action major item at this meeting.  The expectation is that much of the Commissions work will first pass through one of the proposed committees.  If there are issues you would like to bring to the Commission’s attention, you can do so using the form on our Contact page.

November board meeting – Milwaukee

The Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission board will be meeting in Milwaukee on November 17, 2010. Location information will be available closer to the meeting date.

July board meeting – Stevens Point

The next meeting of the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission will take place July 27, 2010  on the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point Campus at the Dreyfus University Center, 1015 Reserve St., in Room 223  from 10 am to 3 pm.

First update

You probably have lots of questions about the Commission, its activities and its plans. This is the place to watch for the most up to date information about us. Posts may be short but we will try to keep them frequent enough so that you can stay up to date on and participate in our work. The thirteen members presently appointed to the commission have now met three times since reaching a critical mass of appointments this Spring. Minutes of the meetings will be posted online. Four additional members still need to be appointed (3 public members by the Governor and 1 person by the Assembly).

The Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission, Inc. was incorporated in mid March and will be seeking designation as a 501(c)(3) charity.  Thus far, commission meetings have necessarily been devoted to organizational issues raised by the required nonprofit structure we must create but that will soon change.  

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