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 12:10-1:00 p.m.  

Click here to register for sessions in the 2014-2015 series.



Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015
Time: 12:10 - 1:00 PM
Location: Room TBD of Eckstein Hall or view online.
Title:  Milwaukee County Adult Guardianship Procedure
Presented By:  Amy E. Wochos, Legal Counsel-Courts for the Milwaukee County Clerk of Courts, and Jeaneen (Dehring) Mardak, Milwaukee County Probate Court Commissioner
Necessary Materials:
Amy E. Wochos - Amy E. Wochos is Legal Counsel-Courts for the Milwaukee County Clerk of Courts. In that capacity, she currently serves as the administrator for the Probate Division and oversees the handling of all Milwaukee County cases relating to probate, guardianship, protective placement, mental commitments,  and adult adoption. Prior to that appointment, she served as the Legal Director of the Milwaukee Justice Center and was a litigation partner with the Milwaukee law firm, Piper & Schmidt.  She serves on the committee that oversees the Wisconsin Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection, sits on the Wisconsin Judicial Council and is on the State Bar of Wisconsin Board of Governors.   She earned her B.A., with honors, and J.D., cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. But her mother is a Marquette grad, so she knew all the words to “Ring Out Ahoya” by age three.

Jeaneen (Dehring) Mardak - Jeaneen (Dehring) Mardak currently serves as Deputy Register in Probate and Acting Probate Court Commissioner in Milwaukee County.  She is responsible for facilitating the work of the Probate Court by monitoring and administering pending probate estate matters, presiding over court hearings, making court orders, and assisting the public by answering procedural questions.  She has held this position since 2012.  Prior to working for the Probate Court, Ms. Mardak worked for eight years as a Principal Assistant Corporation Counsel in Milwaukee County, where her primary area of practice was guardianship and protective placement litigation.  In this capacity, she worked closely with county social service departments, served as petitioner’s counsel on well over 1,000 guardianship matters, and represented Milwaukee County during annual protective placement hearings (“Watts reviews”).

Ms. Mardak graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.  She received her law degree from Marquette University Law School in 1999.  After graduation Ms. Mardak served as a law clerk for Judge Kitty Brennan in the Milwaukee County Circuit Court and as a law clerk for Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge Ralph Adam Fine.

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  • Download the flyer for more information on the 2014-2015 session here.
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  • We will continue to offer continuing legal educations credits for the programs for individuals participating in the live program. Questions may be asked of the presenters. An attendance code will be read in two parts during the presentation to be reported on the online attendance form
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Registration is open for all presentations here.


  • January 15 - Milwaukee County Adult Guardianship Procedure presented by Amy Wochos, Milwaukee County Probate Court Administrator and Jeaneen (Dehring) Mardak, Milwaukee County Probate Court Commissioner
  • February 12 - Post-judgement Family Matters and the Affordable Care Act, presented by Korey C. Lundin, Legal Action of Wisconsin
  • March 12 - Milwaukee County Small Claims Procedures presented by Maria Dorsey, Milwaukee County Court Commissioner 
  • April 9 - Same-sex Marriage and Domestic Partnerships in Wisconsin presented by Kathy Charlton, Hawks Quindel S.C.



Korey C. Lundin - Korey C. Lundin is the Family Law Priority Coordinator for Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc., a non-profit law firm which provides free representation to low-income clients in civil matters. Attorney Lundin heads the firm's family law practice and works with Legal Action's six offices to coordinate family law litigation and direct legislative advocacy. He previously was Managing Atorney of Legal Action's Green Bay office. In 2007, he moved to Madison, where he focuses his practice on family law cases involving domestic abuse, child abuse, jurisdictional disputes, the inequitable treatment of low-income litigants, and appellate family law litigation. In additon to his family law practice, Korey litigates cases involving the denial of or termination from subsidized housing. He is also actively involved with Legal Action's work to establish a right to counsel for indigent litigants in civil matters. Korey serves as a Board Member of both the Family Law Section of the State Bar and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts - Wisconsin Chapter. Notable cases: co-counsel in a case concerning the marital presumption of paternity (Hendrick v. Hendrick, 2009 WI App 33), lead counsel in a case successfully challenging the denial of Section 8 housing benefits (Williams v. Integrated Cnty. Services, Inc., 2007 WI App 159), and amicus counself in a case supporting a pro se litigant's arguments challenging their wrongful termination of Section 8 housing benefits (Mark v. Hous. Auth. of the City of Milwaukee, 2010AP00283).
Maria Dorsey - On August 1, 2014, Maria Dorsey was appointed by Milwaukee County Chief Judge Jeffrey Kremers as the Presiding Court Commissioner of Milwaukee County.  Since 2012 she has been a Judicial Court Commissioner assigned to Small Claims, In Custody Intake Court and Preliminary Hearing Court.

Commissioner Dorsey graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1992 and became a prosecutor in the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office. As a prosecutor, Commissioner Dorsey handled a variety of cases including misdemeanor, felony, juvenile and civil cases.

As presiding Court Commissioner, Commissioner Dorsey handles all administrative functions and court assignments for the 10 Judicial Court Commissioners assigned to preside over Small Claims, Criminal, Traffic and Juvenile Courts.

Katherine L. Charlton - Katherine L. Charlton is an attorney/shareholder in the Milwaukee law firm Hawks Quindel, S.C.  Charlton holds degrees from Bryn Mawr College and the Vermont Law School.  She is the General Counsel for the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, Inc., the immediate past chair of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Legal Assistance Committee, and a Program Co-Chair of the State Bar’s Annual Employment Law Update.  She previously served in leadership roles for the State Bar’s Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section, and the Milwaukee Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section.  She focuses her practice in employment law (representing employees), family and fair housing law.  She has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2001 and identified as a Wisconsin SuperLawyer since 2007 for employment lawCharlton has authored numerous employment-related chapters in State Bar of Wisconsin publications, including an upcoming new publication concerning representing LGBT clients.  She has received numerous awards from state and local organizations for her pro bono work.




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