July 2016 Print


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Job Opening: MJC Legal Director


Serve as lead supervisor for self-help desk and brief legal advice services at the Milwaukee Justice Center. Supervise one part-time professional staff member who assists in supervision of MJC services. Recruit, train, and supervise volunteer students and community members to staff the MJC services. Oversee administrative and programmatic functions of the Milwaukee Justice Center Run for Justice. Please note that this position is employed by the Milwaukee Bar Association and the daily job responsibilities will be located at the Milwaukee Justice Center at the courthouse. 


  • Work collaboratively with the MJC Executive Director to fulfil vision and goals of MJC mission. 
  • Supervise Attorney Supervisor, part-time staff member, in overseeing program delivery at the MJC. 
  • Supervise clinic volunteers and administrative staff in day-to-day operations within the MJC. 
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with MJC partners, academic institutions, and community agencies. 
  • Lead Mobile Legal Clinic steering committee.
  • Create and refine student volunteer trainings for the self-help desk. 
  • Develop and maintain forms, resources, and other materials for use by unrepresented litigants.
  • Review and evaluate existing operating procedures for interacting with unrepresented litigants.
  • Offer recommendations for the implementation and evaluation of revised procedures with the MJC and the MLC for interacting with unrepresented litigants.
  • Lead a team of MJC staff and volunteers to plan, coordinate and implement the annual MJC Run for Justice.


  • Valid Wisconsin Driver’s License. 
  • Admission to the Wisconsin State Bar.


  • A law degree from an accredited law school and a license in good standing to practice law in the state of Wisconsin
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work harmoniously with numerous stakeholders, including volunteers, other staff, management, court personnel, and members of the general public
  • Experience with public service, the willingness to learn other civil practice areas, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced and demanding setting 
  • Experience in family law, fluency in Spanish, and familiarity with the Milwaukee County Courts preferred

Please send a cover letter and resume to the attention of Sarah Martis, Milwaukee Bar Association Executive Director at smartis@milwbar.org

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Fran Deisinger Sworn In as 61st President of the State Bar

Madison, WI –Milwaukee attorney Fran Deisinger was joined by many friends, family members and fellow attorneys when he was sworn in as the State Bar of Wisconsin’s 61st president on Wednesday night at the State Bar’s Annual Meeting & Conference in Green Bay.

It was a special day for him, as he noted it was exactly 34 years ago to the day that he took the attorney’s oath to become a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin. 

Attorney Mark Cameli, who served on Reinhart’s board of directors for nine years, emceed the event.

Deisinger conducted his duties as general counsel “with unfailing judgement,” said Cameli, “while simultaneously managing very strong and different personalities, a skill he will undoubtedly use in his new position.”

During his term as State Bar President, Deisinger plans to help the Wisconsin Supreme court in “improving the administration of justice.” During his presentation to the membership, he outlined his plan to put together a commission of volunteers to evaluate what the state’s legal community can do to address the issue of mass incarceration.

“There is no doubt that crime deserves punishment and that the public deserves safety,” Deisinger said. “But if we are going to imprison so many, at such extraordinary cost both economically and socially, we had best be sure it is not doing more harm than good.”

Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Roggensack administered the oath of office. Deisinger assumes a one-year term on July 1, succeeding outgoing State Bar President Ralph Cagle of Madison, who becomes immediate past president.

Deisinger, who graduated from U.W. Law School, is a partner at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C. in Milwaukee, where he has spent the entirety of his career. He is considered a natural leader, having previously served as president of the Milwaukee Bar Association and Reinhart’s general counsel for more than 15 years.

The State Bar of Wisconsin is the mandatory professional association, created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, for attorneys who hold a Wisconsin law license. With more than 25,000 members, the State Bar aids the courts in improving the administration of justice, provides continuing legal education for its members to help them maintain their expertise, and assists Wisconsin lawyers in carrying out community service initiatives to educate the public about the legal system and the value of lawyers. For more information, visit www.wisbar.org.


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MBA Welcomes New Executive Director

Please see our press release here.

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MBA Pro Bono Publico Awards

The Milwaukee Bar Association announces the winners of this years Pro Bono Publico Awards. See our press release here.

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