Brown Bag CLE Series

The Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinics (MVLC) and Legal Action of Wisconsin's Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) offer a free Brown Bag Lunch Series throughout each academic year at the Marquette University Law School.  The series is highly recommended for all MVLC and VLP volunteers and is also open to the community.  You can attend in person or online.  All presentations are from 12:10-1:10 p.m.  



Date: Thursday, January 14, 2016
Time:  12:10 p.m.
Location: Room TBD of Eckstein Hall or view online.
Title: Small Claims: Filing and Collecting on Money Judgements
Presented By: Mike Sosnay, Darnieder & Sosnay
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January 14, 2016, Small Claims: Filing and Collecting on Money Judgements
Presented by Mike Sosnay

This presentation will cover the basic information necessary to advise clients trying to navigate through the small claims process.  The presentation will include a discussion on the forms, the process in small claims, how to prepare for court, and what the client can expect when they go to court. 

February 11, 2016, Minor Guardianships and Childcare Powers of Attorney
Presented by Judge Laura Gramling Perez and Sara Scullen

MVLC clients often find themselves caring for the children of friends or relatives, or asking friends or relatives to care for their children.  This presentation will explain how clients can obtain permanent guardianship of children they are caring for, the legal standards and practical factors that apply, and what to do if a client opposes a guardianship of his or her children.  We will also discuss Childcare Powers of Attorney, a temporary agreement for care of children that does not involve the courts.

March 10, 2016, When to Call the Immigration Attorney     
Presented by Cain Oulahan

Immigration issues can be complicated. They often overlap with other areas of law, such as criminal, family, and employment, among others. How do you know if your non-citizen client is eligible for citizenship or subject to deportation? How do you flag these issues and determine when your client needs to seek immigration-specific advice? Get a general overview of immigration law as well as tips on how to identify the most common immigration issues.

April 14, 2016, Social Security and Social Security Disability Updates 
Presented by David Dreis

A description of this session is forthcoming.


Michael Sosnay is a partner with the law firm of Darnieder & Sosnay, where he has practiced since 2006.  Attorney Sosnay’s practice areas include civil litigation, collections, creditor’s rights, bankruptcy, criminal, and family.  He earned his Juris Doctorate from Marquette University Law School in 2006, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Public Administration in 2002 from the University of Wisconisn – La Crosse.  Attorney Sosnay has worked at the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinics since 2004.  He and his wife live in Wauwatosa with their two children.

Judge Laura Gramling Perez and Sara Scullen

Judge Laura Gramling Perez is a Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge, currently assigned to hear CHIPS, delinquency, and guardianship cases in Children's Court.  Before her election to the bench in 2014, Judge Perez served as the Presiding Court Commissioner for the Milwaukee County Circuit Court, and as a Litigation Shareholder at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.  She is a founding member of the MVLC's Advisory Committee, former chair of the MBA's Legal Services to the Indigent Committee, and is involved in various other bar and community activities.  Judge Perez received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University and her J.D. from the University of Michigan.

Sara Scullen is the Milwaukee County Children’s Court Staff Attorney who assists the Children’s Court Judiciary with legal issues, private guardianships, termination of parental rights cases, adoption cases, and other court improvement projects.   Ms. Scullen received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1997.  After spending three years as a commercial litigator with a large firm, she served as a prosecutor in the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office from 1999 to 2014 where she prosecuted in a host of units and developed a specialization in the prosecution of Child Abuse and Neglect cases.

Cain Oulahan is an associate with Straub Immigration in Milwaukee. He received his undergraduate degree in Latin American Studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota and graduated cum laude from Marquette University Law School. He was an associate editor of the Marquette Law Review. His comment, titled “The American Dream Deferred: Family Separation and Immigrant Visa Adjudications at U.S. Consulates Abroad,” was published and won the 2011 Golden Quill Award for outstanding student comment. Mr. Oulahan is Secretary of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and serves on the Board of the Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association.

David Dreis has been an attorney with Disability Benefits Law Center since 1991.  In his practice, David assists clients in various stages of obtaining disability benefits.  He received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from College of the Holy Cross and his law degree from New York University School of Law.




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