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Job Opening: Centro Legal Executive Director

Executive Director
Centro Legal por los Derechos Humanos, Inc. (“Centro Legal”)

Centro Legal is seeking an executive director to lead this well-regarded and growing non-profit organization as it provides essential legal services to those with limited resources in the Milwaukee community. Centro Legal’s attorneys represent clients in family law and criminal misdemeanor cases and act as guardians ad litem for minors in the family court system, often in connection with vital community partnerships. The ideal candidate will be passionate about Centro Legal’s mission, have leadership experience, and be adept at fundraising and developing relationships with community partners, grant funders, and donors.

About the Position:
The executive director is responsible for oversight and management of the operations of Centro Legal, including program development, human resources, outreach, and fund development. The director oversees legal programs that serve over 2,000 people annually. The executive director will develop and maintain relationships with foundations, donors and community partners, and will work closely with the Board of Directors to implement strategic objectives.


  • Supervise a team of four full-time staff attorneys and two administrative employees to ensure Centro Legal achieves its mission and program objectives.
  • Support the Board of Directors on matters of governance, strategic planning and fundraising. The executive director attends all board meetings and, in consultation with the committee chairs, prepares and distributes Board meeting materials and reports.
  • Serve as Centro Legal’s representative in the community. The executive director will perform public speaking engagements on behalf of the organization and funding partners, develop relationships with community partners, and attend community and industry events related to Centro Legal’s programs and issue areas.
  • Oversee all new program development and implementation, including the administration of program evaluation strategies and tools.
  • Prepare all grant proposals and reports, ensure integrity of program and financial data collection and reporting, lead site visits with current and prospective donors, and serve as the primary relationship contact for all grant related matters.
  • Plan and execute Centro Legal’s special events, including the organization’s annual gala (300 attendees in June 2016). Event planning responsibilities include recruiting and coordinating event planning committees, securing corporate sponsorships, planning the event program, leading public relations and publicity efforts, managing fundraising activities that take place during the event, and coordinating food and venue logistics.
  • Implement Centro Legal’s donor stewardship plan including facilitating a direct appeal solicitation, ensuring timely acknowledgement of all gifts and pledges and maintaining Centro Legal’s donor database.
  • Manage all human resources matters including staff recruitment and development, employee reviews and advancement, employee benefits administration and payroll.
  • Manage all financial matters and reports with the assistance of an outside accounting firm.
  • Oversee information technology and facility needs.

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • J.D. Degree preferred
  • Minimum three years of management experience
  • Proven fundraising experience

Other Desirable Skills and Characteristics:

  • Exceptional leadership and communication skills as the face of Centro Legal in the community and to donors.
  • Public speaking skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strategic thinking
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong ethics and integrity

Compensation and Benefits: Compensation and benefits package is competitive with other nonprofits of equal size.

Application Content and Due Date:
Please submit a cover letter and resume to the attention of the Search Committee Member Ms. Casey Fleming to this email address: Your cover letter should include an explanation of why you are committed to Centro Legal’s mission. Your resume should highlight your most relevant credentials and experience as requested by this job posting.

Applications should be submitted at your earliest convenience, but no later than August 15, 2016.

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Click here to view the 2016 Summer Messenger.

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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


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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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