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.
- Download the 2016-17 series postcard.
- MVLC Brown Bag CLEs Frequently Asked Questions
- 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.
- Pre-registration is required.
- CLE credit can only be given to in-person attendees and online attendees who view the live version of the presentation. Click here for details.
Registration is open for all presentations here.
November 10, 2016 – Notice of Eviction! What’s Next? presented by Court Commissioner Maria Dorsey
When a tenant receives a notice of eviction and then a summons for court, it is a scary, anxious, and uncertain time. When a landlord files an eviction action it can be wrought with technical errors leading to dismissal which is frustrating and creates doubt about what happens next. When landlord-tenant questions arise in the clinics, what issues should we consider? What can the litigants expect to happen when they come to court? How can a property owner avoid having their case dismissed for a technical defect? These are common clinic questions we will explore during this session. This presentation will focus on proper notice and proceedings in front of a court commissioner.
January 12, 2017 – Clinic Clients’ Common Consumer Concerns presented by Nathan DeLadurantey
Many MVLC clients have questions spanning the gamut of consumer and creditor debtor law. Debtor rights and creditor responsibilities in the context of collection will be covered as well as various hypotheticals on how to best assist a client in the brief legal advice setting with a variety of consumer issues.
February 9, 2017 – Defending Eviction presented by April Hartman
Clients in receipt of an eviction notice or clients facing an illegal eviction are frequently seen at the clinics. This session will explore potential defenses in eviction actions, sources of law and evidence, eviction procedure, and will touch on resources available to help clients avoid eviction and homelessness. This presentation will focus on defenses to illegal and legal evictions.
March 9, 2017 – D-I-V-O-R-C-E for the Non-Family Attorney presented by Kate McChrystal
“I need a divorce! Now what?” This session will help volunteer attorneys identify clients’ status in the divorce process and provide a framework for walking clients through the necessary paperwork and timeline of divorce. Familiarize yourself with the state forms, helpful online resources, and common issues that will provide volunteers the basic knowledge to assist clients in the divorce process.
April 13, 2017 – "Mom Told Me I Would Get the House." Common Post Death Real Estate Issues at the Clinic presented by Amy Wochos and Court Commissioner Jeaneen Mardak
After the death of a loved one, for many families, the decedent’s home is the only or most important asset. Transferring the house, or selling it, can be fairly easy or extremely complicated, depending on how the house is deeded, estate planning (or lack thereof), the number and cooperativeness of heirs, and the amount and type of debt involved. Using hypotheticals, the presenters will discuss some of the more common scenarios and how to address them, as well as provide a list of questions to ask every clinic client with a post-death real estate issue.
Maria Dorsey was appointed by Milwaukee County Chief Judge Jeffrey Kremers as the Presiding Court Commissioner of Milwaukee County in 2014. 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 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 ten Judicial Court Commissioners assigned to preside over Small Claims, Criminal, Traffic and Juvenile Courts.
Nathan DeLadurantey is an attorney with DeLadurantey Law Office and specializes in consumer protection litigation with the majority of his cases involving the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and the Wisconsin Consumer Act. His practice area involves errors on credit reports, unlawful debt collection practices, unfair lending practices, student loans, and automobile repossessions.
April Hartman represents tenants in Milwaukee and Waukesha County who are facing eviction, discrimination, and unfair or deceptive landlord practices. April has been with Legal Action of Wisconsin since graduating from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2007.
Kate McChrystal is a family law attorney, mediator, and guardian ad litem. Her practice is singularly focused on helping clients navigate through the life transitions of divorce, establishment of paternity orders, and related post-judgment issues.
Amy Wochos is Legal Counsel for the Milwaukee County Clerk of Courts. In that capacity, she currently also serves as the Senior Administrator and was previously the administrator for the Probate Division, overseeing the handling of all Milwaukee County cases relating to probate, guardianship, and mental commitment. Prior to these appointments, she served as the Legal Director of the Milwaukee Justice Center and was a litigation partner with the Milwaukee law firm of Piper Schmidt & Wirth. She is a member of the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinics Advisory Board, supervises at the Milwaukee Justice Center, and provides procedural and resource assistance at the United Community Center location of the MVLC. Amy received her B.A. and J. D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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. 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. Ms. Mardak graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and she received her law degree from Marquette University Law School. 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 Judge Ralph Adam Fine in the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.
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