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  • April 07, 2021

    265 Pandemic Heroes: More than 13K Pro Bono Hours in 2020

    Amidst a global pandemic, 265 Wisconsin lawyers stepped up and performed at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services in 2020. The Access to Justice Commission and the State Bar of Wisconsin give them a hearty "thank you!"

    Jeffery Louis Brown

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    April 7, 2021 – You’re heard the saying that not all heroes wear capes – that some heroes go about their daily lives quietly and unnoticed, but when danger threatens, they step up and do their best to save the day.

    It’s hard to think about the 265 lawyers who qualified for the 2020 Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society as anything other than heroes.

    When the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission created the Pro Bono Honor Society in 2013, the goal was to recognize lawyers who provided at least 50 hours of pro bono service in the preceding year. It was a recognition program created in and for normal times.

    We are obviously not living in normal times right now.

    When the global COVID-19 pandemic struck, leaving personal and economic devastation in its wake, these lawyers stepped up and made an extraordinary donation of their time to help people resolve their legal issues, in the middle of the ongoing pandemic.

    They could have taken the year off to focus on their health, family or their regular law practice. Instead, they helped victims of domestic violence, families facing eviction, workers denied unemployment benefits and dozens of other legal issues.

    They did this while also dealing with all the other pandemic stresses that we all faced. Whether they helped their clients remotely or in person, they made a difference and they should make us all proud to be Wisconsin lawyers. 

    So, from everyone at the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission, the State Bar of Wisconsin, and all the clients you helped, you are our heroes. THANK YOU.

    265 Lawyers + 50 Hours or More = 13,250-plus Hours

    The Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission and the State Bar of Wisconsin Pro Bono Program are proud to recognize these 265 lawyers as 2020 Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society members.

    Eligible pro bono legal services for this program means the direct provision of legal services without fee or expectation of fee, or at a substantially reduced fee to:

    • persons of limited means;

    • organizations in matters that are designed primarily to address the needs of persons of limited means; or

    • charitable, religious, civic, community governmental and educational organizations to secure or protect civil rights, civil liberties, or public rights so long as a substantial majority of such services benefit persons of limited means or organizations that serve persons of limited means.

    The Heroes

    Congratulations to these Wisconsin lawyers, listed here with their Wisconsin county or state of residence, recognized as 2020 Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society members:

    Crystal Abbey, Brown

    Shannon Allen, Waukesha

    Lindsey Anderson, Waukesha

    Robert Arthur, Milwaukee

    Deborah Asher, Chippewa

    Christopher Avallone, Milwaukee

    Stephanie Balmer, Minnesota

    John Bannen, Milwaukee

    Crystal Banse, Milwaukee

    Erin Barbato, Dane

    Karen Bauer, Milwaukee

    Melita Biese, Milwaukee

    Jennifer Binkley, Dane

    Lauren Blumenthal, Milwaukee

    Bradford Bollmann, Marathon

    Felice Borisy-Rudin, Dane

    Herbert Bratt, Milwaukee

    Doris Brosnan, Milwaukee

    Keyon Brown, Milwaukee

    Lucy Brown, Dane

    Ketajh Brown, Milwaukee

    Abigail Broze, Waukesha

    Peter Bruce, Milwaukee

    Douglas Buck, Dane

    Amy Burger, Washington

    Michael Burton, Milwaukee

    Dawn Caldart, Milwaukee

    Diane Caspari, Milwaukee

    James Cauley, Milwaukee

    Katherine Charlton, Milwaukee

    Iris Christenson, Dane

    Linda Clifford, Dane

    Catarina Colón, Milwaukee

    Ashanti Cook, Milwaukee

    Michael Covey, Dane

    Collin Dahl, Door

    Robin Dalton, Dane

    Julie Darnieder, Milwaukee

    Carmen Decot, Milwaukee

    Brayton Deprey, Milwaukee

    Jennifer Devine, Milwaukee

    Joseph Diedrich, Dane

    Robert Duffy, Milwaukee

    Rachel Dykema, Dane

    Zachary Eastburn, Milwaukee

    Timothy Edwards, Washington

    Erik Eisenmann, Milwaukee

    Jamie Epstein, Milwaukee

    Grant Erickson, Dodge

    Malinda Eskra, Milwaukee

    Gregory Everts, Dane

    Jessica Farley, Milwaukee

    Alanna Feddick-Goodwin, Wood

    Emily Feinstein, Dane

    Mary Fons, Dane

    Victor Forberger, Dane

    Robert Forseth, Waupaca

    Rory Foster, Dane

    Melissa Frost, Walworth

    Sharon Gisselman, Marathon

    Benjamin Glicksman, Milwaukee

    Barbara Gnat, Milwaukee

    Andrew Golden, Milwaukee

    James Goldschmidt, Milwaukee

    Michael Gonring, Milwaukee

    Joseph Goode, Milwaukee

    Rhonda Gorden, Ozaukee

    Cathy Gorst, Wood

    James Gramling, Milwaukee

    Janice Grant, Waukesha

    Robert Gray, Marathon

    Jennifer Gregor, Dane

    Griffin Gross, Milwaukee

    Kevin Grzebielski, Dane

    Christopher Guthrie, Dane

    John Halpin, Milwaukee

    Julie Hancock, Brown

    Sydney Handrich, Milwaukee

    Katherine Hanes, Milwaukee

    Angela Harden, Milwaukee

    Lauren Harpke, Milwaukee

    Andrew Harrington, Barron

    Jessica Haskell, Milwaukee

    David Hassel, Brown

    Jonathan Heiden, Dane

    Janet Heins, Waukesha

    Thomas Heneghan, Dane

    Mark Hinkston Racine

    Patricia Hintz, Milwaukee

    Lisa Hirschman, Eau Claire


    Kari Hoel, Chippewa

    David Hollander, Dane

    Thomas Hornig, Dane

    Kourtney Imig, Langlade

    David Jennings, Ozaukee

    Jason Johns, Dane

    Jill Johnson, Dane

    Stephen Johnson, Door

    Wendy Johnson, Eau Claire

    Steven Johnson, Outagamie

    Valerie Johnston, Milwaukee

    Sandra Joyce, Milwaukee

    Steven Kaminski, Milwaukee

    Timothy Kay, Waukesha

    Philomena Kebec, Ashland

    David Keck, Winnebago

    Robert Kennedy, Forest

    Matthew Kirkpatrick, Dunn

    Sara Kneevers, Fond du Lac

    John Koenig, Rock

    Brandon Krajewski, Milwaukee

    Stephen Kravit, Milwaukee

    Margaret Krei, Milwaukee

    Bryan Kroes, Milwaukee

    Natalia Kruse, Dane

    Julie La Fleur, Monroe

    Allison Laffey, Milwaukee

    Lisa Lawless, Milwaukee

    Robin Lehninger, Milwaukee

    Curtiss Lein, Sawyer

    Matthew Lein, Sawyer

    Mark Leitner, Milwaukee

    Michael Levey, Milwaukee

    Brenda Lewison, Milwaukee

    Miranda Lezcano, Marathon

    Benjamin Lockwood, Milwaukee

    Bryce Loken, Dane

    Kevin Long, Milwaukee

    Adrian Longacre, Richland

    Jack Longert, Dane

    Maria Lopez, Milwaukee

    Michael Lueder, Milwaukee

    Karen Lueschow, Dane

    Andrew Macdonald, Winnebago

    James Macy, Winnebago

    Michael Maistelman, Milwaukee

    Kurt Malmquist, Ozaukee

    Jeffrey Mandell, Dane

    Jacob Manian, Milwaukee

    Gage Maurer, Milwaukee

    Ellen Matyas, Outagamie

    Lisa Mazzie, Milwaukee

    Melissa Mccord, Milwaukee

    Patrick Mcdonald, Rock

    Erik Mcfarland, Portage

    Barbara Mcpherson, Ozaukee

    James Mentkowski, Milwaukee

    Amy Menzel, Winnebago

    Justin Mertz, Milwaukee

    William Michel, Kenosha

    Jennifer Miller, Dane

    George Miller, Eau Claire

    James Miller, Marathon

    Jay Miller, Milwaukee

    Heidi Miller, Milwaukee

    Nancy Mills, Outagamie

    John Mitby, Dane

    Samuel Mitchell, Milwaukee

    Alex Mohrbacher, Ashland

    Jerome Mohsen, Milwaukee

    Rachel Monaco-Wilcox, Washington

    Linda, Monroe, Dane

    Laura, Monroe, Dane

    Jason Moore, Milwaukee

    John Movroydis, Waukesha

    Thomas Mulligan, Washburn

    Ahmad Murrar, Milwaukee

    Timothy Muth, Milwaukee

    David Muth, Milwaukee

    Brittany Naleid, Milwaukee

    Rodney Neher, Rock

    Maxfield Neuhaus, Pierce

    Christopher Nickels, Milwaukee

    Joseph Norby, Outagamie

    Mary O’Meara, Milwaukee

    Matthew O’Neill, Milwaukee

    Nathan Oesch, Milwaukee

    Odalo Ohiku, Milwaukee

    Sarah Pagels, Milwaukee


    Skye Parr, Dane

    Seep Paliwal, Dane

    Eric Pangburn, Dane

    Rebecca Paul, Portage

    Michele Perreault, Dane

    Randy Pflum, Dane

    Thomas Phillips, Milwaukee

    Joseph Poehlmann, Milwaukee

    Douglas Poland, Dane

    Shari Post, Wood

    Adam Prinsen, Dane

    Matthew Prior, Dane

    Patrick Proctor-Brown, Milwaukee

    Timothy Radelet, Dane

    Kristina Rasmussen, Dane

    Matt Ricci, Milwaukee

    Beth Richlen, Marathon

    Deborah Richter, Price

    Meghan Roed, Dane

    Kristin Roeper, Milwaukee

    Samantha Roth, Dane

    Tyler Roth, Milwaukee

    Mitchell Routh, Douglas

    Joseph Russell, Milwaukee

    Michael Rust, Winnebago

    Rebecca Salawdeh, Milwaukee

    Robert Sanders, Milwaukee

    James Santelle, Waukesha

    Samantha Schacht, Dane

    Deborah Scheid, Milwaukee

    Jordan Schettle, Dane

    Samuel Schlewitz, Eau Claire

    Allen Schlinsog, Milwaukee

    Andrew Schmidt, Marathon

    Patrick Schoen, Milwaukee

    James Schoenecker, Waukesha

    Melissa Scholz, Dane

    Thomas Schrimpf, Milwaukee

    Paul Schwartz, Dane

    Gerald Schwartz, New York

    Rachael Scoggins, Milwaukee

    Sara Scullen, Milwaukee

    Katherine Seifert, Winnebago

    Theresa Selenske, Wood

    Allison Shepard, Eau Claire

    Ellen Sinclair, Milwaukee

    Carol Skinner, St. Croix

    Walter Skipper, Milwaukee

    Jessica Slind, Dane

    Jason Smathers, Milwaukee

    Jane Smith, Oconto

    Martha Snyder, Dane

    Ronald Sonderhouse, Waukesha

    Grant Sovern, Dane

    Gerald Sternberg, Dane

    Marjory Stewart, Milwaukee

    Meredith Stier, Dane

    Pamela Stokke-Ceci, Milwaukee

    Patrick Taylor, Milwaukee

    Robert Thorson, Chippewa

    Michael Tobin, Dane

    Shelley Torvinen, Minnesota

    Margaret Utterback, Dane

    Sydney Vanberg, Dane

    Sara Vanden Brook, Dane

    Iana Vladimirova, Dane

    Tricia Walker, Fond du Lac

    Stacy Ward, Milwaukee

    Karrie Weaver, St. Croix

    Daniel Welytok, Milwaukee

    Travis West, Dane

    Ruth Westmont, Dane

    Catherine White, Dane

    Chelsea Whitley, Polk

    Jacqueline Wilcox, Milwaukee

    Brenna Wildt, Milwaukee

    Amy Wochos, Milwaukee

    Jeremy Wodajo, Dane

    Peter Wolff, Waukesha

    Sarah Yacoub, St. Croix

    Lilah Zajac, Waukesha

    Nicholas Zales, Milwaukee

    Jeanne Zamzow Waushara

    Michael Zeka, Milwaukee

    Lauren Zenk, Milwaukee

    Kathryn Zumbrunnen, Washburn


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