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, October 15, 2015
Time:  12:10 p.m.
Location: Room 263 of Eckstein Hall or view online.
Title: You Can Provide Brief Advice in Family Law – Really, You Can!
Presented By:  Jennifer Baumler, Baumler Law
Necessary Materials: Handout
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October 15, 2015, You Can Provide Brief Advice in Family Law – Really, You Can!
Presented by Jennifer Baumler

Family law seems to be the area of law that many MVLC volunteers hope to avoid. This session is designed to demystify the most common family law questions: Can I change my custody and placement orders? How do I change my child support order? How do I file for divorce? Attendees will explore specific clinic resources and will leave feeling ready to navigate a family law question at their next pro bono shift.

November 12, 2015, Wills and Beneficiary Designations with Clients of the MVLC
Presented by Ian Thompson

Many MVLC clients have limited income and modest assets. When estate planning questions arise in the clinic setting, what issues should we consider? How can drafting a will help a client? When is a real property beneficiary designation a good option? How does one avoid probate? When do Medicaid divestment issues come into play? These and other common estate planning questions will be explored during this session.

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

A description of this session is forthcoming.

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.


Jennifer Baumler opened Baumler Law in 2014 where she practices in the areas of family law including guardian ad litem work, juvenile law, and parent advocacy defense work in termination of parental rights and children in need of protection and services cases.  Prior to opening her own practice, Attorney Baumler practiced law with a general practice firm where her practice included the areas of divorce, custody and placement, child support, step-parent adoptions, termination of parental rights, and juvenile law.  Attorney Baumler received her Juris Doctorate degree from Marquette University and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with majors in English and History.  Attorney Baumler is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Bar Association, Association for Women Lawyers, and Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association.  She volunteers at the Milwaukee Justice Center with pro se family litigants and has participated with both the forms and brief legal advice clinics.

Ian J. Thomson is a Milwaukee based attorney presently working at JPMorgan Chase Bank. He has experience as a solo practitioner focusing on estate planning and probate. He has been a volunteer for the MVLC at the County Veterans' Service Office clinic as both a student and as an attorney. He is a regular volunteer for the Wills for Heroes clinic through the Wisconsin State Bar and was involved in starting Marquette Law School's Wills for Veterans program. He received his JD from Marquette Law School in 2010 and holds BA degrees in Sociology and Political Science from Beloit College.

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




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