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    Nov. 21, 2022
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    As attorneys, we find it easy to focus only on the legal issue in front of us. Yet, many of our clients face multiple legal issues simultaneously. By using referrals and the strong network of public interest attorneys in this state, we can provide moreholistic and complete legal representation for our clients.

    Sep. 22, 2022
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    Individuals with non-apparent disabilities experience greater risks during encounters with law enforcement and first responders. Christine J. Huberty explains how hidden disabilities can be misunderstood, and how to disclose this information onidentification cards to improve safety.

    Aug. 26, 2022
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    The Supreme Court Rules of Professional Conduct require lawyers to provide competent, diligent representation to clients. This includes, among other things, understanding our clients’ lived realities, even when they differ from our own experiences. Elizabeth Stinebaugh considers that soon, courses that focus on learning about diversity, equity, and inclusion may be allowed to fulfill continuing legal education requirements.

    Jul. 26, 2022
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    Qualified interpreters are an integral piece of ensuring access to justice for Wisconsin’s population with limited English proficiency. Megan L. Sprecher explains the interpreter qualification categories and interpreter procedures for circuit andappellate courts.

    Jun. 21, 2022
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    With the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, public interest work can be a viable career option for many Wisconsin attorneys. Susan Lund discusses the program and the real-life experiences of Wisconsin public interest lawyers.

    May 23, 2022
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    The economics involved in the payment of care in child protective services cases can be complex. Andrew Morgan discusses the sources of funding and offers a broader perspective as to how economics may affect these types of cases.

    Apr. 20, 2022
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    It can be challenging to find ways to reach clients who are indigent. In this April Tip of the Month, Kelsey Brown offers several tips to help you successfully reach out to indigent clients.

    Mar. 17, 2022
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    The first year of legal practice can be overwhelming, particularly for public interest attorneys working for small organizations with few mentoring resources. Elizabeth Stinebaugh offers tips and tricks from seasoned attorneys on what they “wish they knew” in their first year of practice.

    Feb. 10, 2022
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    The idea to “bring your authentic self to work” can be problematic for professionals of color, writes Jennifer Johnson. In this Tip of the Month, Johnson discusses how microaggressions make it difficult for her and other Black women to feel comfortablebringing their authentic selves to work.

    Jan. 25, 2022
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    In this Tip of the Month, Irene Au-Young discusses the growing interest by legal professionals in the area of animal law. She provides resources and ideas about how public interest lawyers can get involved as advocates for the interests of animals.

    Dec. 21, 2021
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    There are many free resources available for Wisconsin attorneys – but do you know what they are and where to find them? Amanda R. Mayer talks about free tools and websites that can give your legal research a boost.

    Nov. 17, 2021
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    A recent poll shows that the top reasons students enter law school are for a career in politics, government, or public service – yet only a small fraction of them become public interest lawyers. Jacob Haller discusses the reasons why, and offers a suggestion that can make a difference.

    Oct. 21, 2021
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    Through Legal Aid Society’s EvictionFreeMKE, residents in Milwaukee County at or below 200% of the federal poverty level now qualify for free representation in an eviction case. Joe Riepenhoff discusses why this is a good start to stemming an overwhelming need.

    Sep. 29, 2021
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is an underutilized benefit, especially for older adults. In this Tip of the Month, Christine J. Huberty discusses how you can help promote and destigmatize Wisconsin’s FoodShare program for this vulnerable population.

    Jul. 07, 2021
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    Attorneys practicing public interest law may frequently hear this question from a client. Kate Cook discusses ways to respond – and how that response can build a more trusting relationship with your client.

    May 25, 2021
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    Wisconsin's Public Trust Doctrine offers unique protections for Wisconsin's waterways. Andrew Morgan discusses the application of Wisconsin's Public Trust Doctrine to the state's surface waters.

    May 03, 2021
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    Because of its tax-free forgiveness, Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) borrowers can lower their monthly payment by maximizing their retirement contributions. Bradley Yanke discusses this way to lower PSLF monthly payments.

    Mar. 24, 2021
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    The CDC’s eviction moratorium ends March 31, 2021. In this Tip of the Month, Elizabeth Groeschel details Wisconsin programs that offer rental assistance to clients who need it.

    Feb. 24, 2021
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    As public interest attorneys, we should approach our client representation in a holistic way, says Elizabeth Stinebaugh. In this Tip of the Month, Stinebaugh discusses a helpful resource – the Crime Victims Compensation program, which assists those who ha

    Jan. 27, 2021
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    Grief can interfere with our ability to practice law, if not managed well. While 2020 was a significant year in many respects, it affected our ability to confront and manage grief. Amy Devine offers tips for managing grief post-2020, including in your lawpractice.

    Dec. 21, 2020
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    Conversations around inequality and oppression are difficult and sometimes uncomfortable, but are valuable and necessary, says Joseph Riepenhoff, who explores concepts of identity and power that may help lawyers and the profession to move intentionally toward equality and inclusion.

    Nov. 10, 2020
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    In March 2020, Congress passed the CARES Act, providing stimulus payments to U.S. citizens. After a court battle and as of October 2020, IRS is required to stop denying payments to people based on their incarceration status. Act quickly – the deadline fo

    Oct. 30, 2020
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    Domestic abuse is a serious societal problem, the ramifications of which are felt in every community. Megan Sprecher and Araceli Wence provide tips for working with survivors of domestic abuse.

    Sep. 23, 2020
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    Health insurance coverage may change for many people this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Christine Huberty discusses key points of the Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Marketplace in 2020 for both existing and new enrollees.

    Aug. 24, 2020
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    Language in President Trump’s Aug. 8, 2020, executive order on COVID-19 loan relief is different from that of the CARES Act. Clarification issued by the Department of Education states that, despite the original language, the latest student loan relief order does allow otherwise eligible borrowers to count the deferred payments towards PSLF.

    Jun. 02, 2020
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    With Wisconsin schools closed due to the pandemic, uncertainty remains for what will happen in the fall. Andrew Morgan discusses the differences among charter and virtual charter schools and home schooling in Wisconsin.

    Apr. 17, 2020
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    The U.S. Department of Education recently changed its standards on what qualifies as a “public service organization” under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Bradley Yanke talks about the decision – prompted by a 2016 lawsuit – and what it meanss for public interest lawyers.

    Apr. 06, 2020
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    The current COVID-19 pandemic impacts everyone and everything, including federal student loans. LizGroeschel details Section 3513 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides temporary relief for federal student loan borrowers.

    Feb. 03, 2020
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    If your student loans are forgiven as part of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, are they taxed? Amy Devine discusses the tax implications of student loans and forgiveness programs.

    Jan. 14, 2020
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    Attorneys seeking to use the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program must comply with certain requirements to have their student loans forgiven. In this Tip of the Month, Amanda Rabe discusses qualifying payments.

    Dec. 09, 2019
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    In this Tip of the Month, Jacob Haller discusses how knowing and applying the research behind childhood maltreatment and its impacts can result in better advocacy for our clients.

    Oct. 28, 2019
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    Borrowers working toward Public Service Loan Forgiveness should do all they can to ensure that they are on track for loan forgiveness. In this Tip of the Month, Susan Lund gives tips about when to submit the Employment Certification Form. “All borrowersshould also remember to diligently document and independently verify as much information from loan servicers as possible,” she writes.

    Sep. 24, 2019
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    A new Department of Homeland Security rule is causing many immigrant families to be fearful about using public benefits they qualify for. Megan Sprecher discusses the rule and its impact in the Tip of the Month.

    Sep. 03, 2019
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    As a public interest attorney, you may have low-income clients not taking public benefits they are eligible for. When that happens, says Erica Lopez, it is critical to the clients to find out why.

    May 24, 2019
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    In the May installment of the PILS Tip of the Month, Elisabeth Stockbridge offers some insights to help ease the process of delivering bad news to clients.

    Apr. 25, 2019
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    When working an eviction defense case – especially ones involving nonpayment – finding the defense tactic can seem an impossible task. Yu Ha Kim discusses one such case – and show she found a tactic that she hopes will work.

    Apr. 03, 2019
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    In this Tip of the Month installment, Amy Devine explains supported decision-making and the provisions for supported decision-making in Wis. Stat. chapter 52.

    Mar. 20, 2019
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    In this Tip of the Month, Kate Schilling identifies some of the tactics employed by Medicare scam artists and offers tips to help clients avoid becoming victims of fraud.

    Jan. 24, 2019
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    In the January 2019 Tip of the Month, Jennifer Johnson explains why law firms should commit to enhancing diversity and inclusion, and offers tips for achieving that goal. “Diversity in a law firm helps spur innovation, and that is a key to success,” she writes.

    Dec. 28, 2018
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    In the December Tip of the Month, Amanda Rabe notes several of the significant changes resulting from the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. “The impact of these changes has a distinct impact in family law,” she writes.

    Nov. 30, 2018
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    In the November 2018 Tip of the Month, Jacob Haller reflects on the reasons to consider a career in public interest law.

    Oct. 31, 2018
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    In the October Tip of the Month, Rich Lavigne reflects on a weekend at the National Public Health Law Conference in Phoenix.

    Sep. 24, 2018
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    In the September 2018 Tip of the Month, Susan Lund discusses alternatives to driver’s license suspension for low income individuals unable to pay forfeitures in circuit and municipal courts.

    Aug. 27, 2018
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    In this PILS Tip of the Month, Liz Groeschel explains how Emergency Assistance can help clients avoid eviction and pay for housing and utility expenses in times of financial crisis.

    Aug. 07, 2018
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    In the August 2018 Tip of the Month, Elizabeth Stinebaugh shares resources for clients who have questions regarding consumer rights issues.

    Jun. 27, 2018
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    In the June installment of the PILS Tip of the Month, Colin Good reflects on his year as section chair, the future goals for the section board, and opportunities for members to contribute to advancing the public interest.

    Apr. 25, 2018
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    In the April 2018 Tip of the Month, Yu Ha Kim shares stories of personally traumatic experiences in her public interest law career, and offers advice for a healthy approach to moving beyond trauma.

    Mar. 30, 2018
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    In this March Public Interest Law Section Tip of the Month, Samir Jaber offers tips for maintaining positive relations with agencies, judges, and opposing counsel.

    Feb. 26, 2018
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    In the February Tip of the Month, Kate Schilling explains what Medicare beneficiaries should look for in the transition to new member identification cards, and how to avoid related identity-theft scams.

    Jan. 23, 2018
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    In the January 2018 Tip of the Month, Susan Fisher shares resources and tips for electronic research for lawyers with limited access to commercial legal research platforms.

    Dec. 21, 2017
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    In the December Tip of the Month, attorney Amanda Rabe explains Wisconsin’s Safe at Home program, which protects the confidentiality of victims of abuse or threatened abuse.

    Nov. 27, 2017
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    In November’s Tip of the Month, Mitch Hagopian explains how the state legislature’s efforts to restrict the rule-making capacity of state agencies can provide a basis to challenge policy initiatives that exceed the scope of statutory authority.

    Oct. 31, 2017
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    In this October installment of the Public Interest Law Section Tip of the Month, attorney Richard Lavigne serves up the real dish on a bounty of changes ready to be laid at the table of Wisconsin’s FoodShare program.

    Sep. 22, 2017
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    In the September Public Interest Law Section Tip of the Month, Susan Lund explains the process for addressing inaccurate records in a criminal history report.

    Jul. 31, 2017
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    Looking for low-cost CLE courses? Elizabeth Stinebaugh shares some resources in this July 2017 Tip of the Month.

    Jun. 30, 2017
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    In this June 2017 Tip of the Month, Colin Good offers some advice to job seekers about proactively addressing items that may cause concern in an employment-related background check.

    May 25, 2017
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    The eligibility for student loan forgiveness with the American Bar Association's Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program is most likely safe and sound for most public interest and government lawyers. But, as Cathleen Dettmann explains in this May 2017 Tip of the Month, lawyers who work for a public service organization should check whether their employment actually qualifies.

    Apr. 26, 2017
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    Feeling stressed after a court hearing didn't go your way or after a difficult client meeting? Worried about an upcoming trial on the calendar? Karen Bauer offers some helpful ideas for relieving work-related stress in this April 2017 Tip of the Month.

    Mar. 30, 2017
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    Kate Schilling reviews some best practices for keeping the law office a safe and inclusive place for LGBTQ clients, in this February 2017 Tip of the Month.

    Mar. 30, 2017
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    Samir Jaber offers some resources for learning how to efficiently use Google as a free legal research tool in this March 2017 Tip of the Month.

    Mar. 16, 2017
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    In this January 2017 Tip of the Month, Susan Fisher discusses key parts of the open records law, and suggests helpful resources.

    Mar. 15, 2017
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    In this Tip of the Month from December 2016, Amanda Bergman discusses the Good Clause Claim – which allows a parent in certain circumstances to request an exception when State seeks to pursue child support.

    Mar. 14, 2017
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    In this Tip of the Month from November 2016, Melanie Cairns, Disability Rights Wisconsin, outlines recent public benefits updates, including cost-of-living adjustment from the Social Security Administration for 2017 and the expansion of protections under the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

    Mar. 13, 2017
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    Used properly, the federal Medicaid mandate Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Testing can give children access to health care services that would not normally be available under a state's Medicaid plan. Learn more in this Tip of the Month for October 2016 from Richard Lavigne.

    Mar. 12, 2017
    Public Interest Law Section Blog

    In this Tip of the Month from September 2016, Susan Lund reviews post-judgment motions to protect low-income defendants threatened with sanctions or arrest due to inability to pay non-criminal municipal forfeitures.

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