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    • May
      03
      2021
      Public Interest Law Section Blog

      Minimize PSLF Payments by Maximizing Retirement Contributions

      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.

    • February
      24
      2021
      Public Interest Law Section Blog

      The Crime Victims Compensation Program

      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

    • January
      27
      2021
      Public Interest Law Section Blog

      Hope and Grief in 2021: Where to Find Help

      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.

    • December
      21
      2020
      Public Interest Law Section Blog

      A Framework for Considering Privilege

      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.

    • November
      10
      2020
      Public Interest Law Section Blog

      CARES Act Economic Impact Payments and Incarcerated Persons

      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

    • September
      23
      2020
      Public Interest Law Section Blog

      Health Insurance Marketplace: What You Need to Know Now

      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.

    • August
      24
      2020
      Public Interest Law Section Blog

      Update: Latest on COVID-19 Loan Relief Order and Public Service Loan Forgiveness

      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.

    • June
      02
      2020
      Public Interest Law Section Blog

      Virtual Charter Schools in Wisconsin

      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.

    • April
      17
      2020
      Public Interest Law Section Blog

      U.S. Department of Education: Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Applies to ABA

      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.

    • April
      06
      2020
      Public Interest Law Section Blog

      Federal Student Loans and the CARES Act

      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.

    • October
      28
      2019
      Public Interest Law Section Blog

      Tip of the Month:
      Public Service Loan Forgiveness and the Employment Certification Form

      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.

    • September
      03
      2019
      Public Interest Law Section Blog

      Tip of the Month
      When Clients Fear Public Benefits

      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.

    • April
      25
      2019
      Public Interest Law Section Blog

      Seeking an Eviction Defense: It is All About Framing

      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.

    • January
      24
      2019
      Public Interest Law Section Blog

      Tip of the Month
      How Diversity & Inclusion Benefits Us All

      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.

    • December
      28
      2018
      Public Interest Law Section Blog

      Tip of the Month:
      Important Changes under the New Tax Law

      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.

    • November
      30
      2018
      Public Interest Law Section Blog

      Pivoting to Public Interest

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

    • June
      27
      2018
      Public Interest Law Section Blog

      Note from the Chair:
      A Year of Growth and Progress

      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.

    • February
      26
      2018
      Public Interest Law Section Blog

      Tip of the Month:
      Watch for New Medicare Cards

      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.

    • November
      27
      2017
      Public Interest Law Section Blog

      Tip of the Month:
      A Look at Legislative Limits on Agency Discretion

      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.

    • October
      31
      2017
      Public Interest Law Section Blog

      Tip of the Month:
      FoodShare Goes Nuts

      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.

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