Ellen Henak

Adjunct Professor of Law
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Professional Memberships: 
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Treasurer)


Ellen Henak, Henak Law Office, S.C., focuses her practice almost exclusively on Wisconsin and federal post-conviction work and criminal appeals. For 22 years, she was a staff attorney in the Milwaukee Appellate Office of the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office. She graduated from New York University School of Law in 1983 and was a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Marie L. Garibaldi of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Among other honors, she was recognized as the Wisconsin State Bar Public Education Attorney of the Year in 2014, a Leader in the Law for 2009, and Wisconsin State Bar Law-Related Education Attorney of the Year in 2006. Prior to attending law school, she was a special education teacher and she currently handles inquiries about legal issues for the Autism Society of Wisconsin.