Volunteer opportunities are available six days a week with both in-person and remote options. No experience needed. Benefits of volunteering include:
- Free MVLC training that counts as one ethics CLE credit
- Free CLEs, including ethics CLE sessions
- Up to six hours of CLE (one credit per five hours of pro bono volunteer time)
- Build important mentoring relationships with law students
- Increase access to justice in our Milwaukee community
You must be licensed in Wisconsin and in good standing to participate. There are two concessions to the general rule:1) A special exception for registered in-house lawyers per SCR 10.03(4)(f).2) A special practice status per SCR 10.03(3)(am) which allows lawyers in inactive and emeritus status to do pro bono work for qualified pro bono programs if they go through a certification process. The first step to take advantage of this special practice status is to complete this certification form with the State Bar of Wisconsin.
Next Training Date: December 8, 2023, 12:00-1:15 on Zoom
To join the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinics before the next live training session, watch the most recently recorded training session, available on this training page. To move forward with the scheduling process, complete the attendance form linked on the training page. Viewing a recorded training session is not eligible for CLE credit.
The Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinics (MVLC) and Legal Action of Wisconsin’s Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) offer a free CLE series for the benefit of their volunteers.
2023-2024 Series Information
Next CLE Session
December 6 from 12:00-1:00PM
Rent Assistance and Coordinated Entry
Presented by Alexi Millard, Milwaukee County Landlord Engagement Coordinator & Emily Kenney, IMPACT Director of Systems Change
Alexi Millard worked for three years as the intake supervisor at the Milwaukee Justice Center. Since 2022, she has been employed with Milwaukee County Housing Services. She began her work as a housing navigator and currently serves as the Landlord Engagement Coordinator, creating and maintaining partnerships for housing choice voucher recipients.
Emily Kenney, LCSW, works as the Director of Systems Change for IMPACT, Inc. In that role, she is the facilitator of the Southeastern Wisconsin Community Information Exchange called IMPACT Connect and the Coordinated Entry System for Milwaukee County. Ms. Kenney has worked for 14 years facilitating a homeless service delivery system that worked to decrease homelessness in Milwaukee County by connecting agencies and streamlining care coordination services in the most effective ways. Now, she is broadening the scope of this work to include all sectors and agencies through IMPACT Connect.
Deborah Heffner is the Strategic Partnership Director at Community Advocates, bringing extensive experience and a deep commitment to community well-being. Since the inception of the Milwaukee Rental Housing Resource Center (RHRC) in 2020, Deborah has played an instrumental role in its development. In her current role, she will oversee daily operations for the Triage Team and partnership. Deb has over 20 years of experience in coalition-building and community mobilization around prevention efforts in Wisconsin. In 2017, Deb co-developed the Community Advocates Public Policy Institutes’ Healthy Housing Initiative, designed to influence policy to increase housing affordability, quality, and stability. Deb has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education Policy and Community Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
How do I attend?
All sessions are held online via Zoom.
Do I need to pre-register?
Yes, this is required so that we can communicate important event details to you and contact any online participants in the case of technical difficulties during the presentation. A registration link is available above under “Volunteer CLE Series”. Attendees who register less than 24 hours before the presentation may not receive a confirmation email.
If I attend, how do I get CLE or pro bono credit?
As the sponsor of this CLE, it is our responsibility per SCR 31.08(2) to promptly transmit to the board of bar examiners a list of all lawyers in attendance. Approved hours merely reflect a maximum that may be earned through attendance. Only actual attendance by the lawyer may be used to satisfy the Wisconsin requirement. (Appendix to Chapter 31, CLE 7.03) Credit will not be allowed for any program which in its entirety lasts less than 50 minutes. (Appendix to Chapter 31, CLE 7.04) As such, any lawyer who submits the attendance form but has not actually attended the entire 50-minute presentation will not be included on the list of attendees submitted to the board of bar examiners. In order to confirm your attendance, you must enter all parts of the attendance code announced during the presentation in the online attendance form within 30 minutes of the presentation. You will receive an email confirmation of your submission. Law students are responsible for recording their time in their pro bono account.
When will the CLE appear on the Board of Bar Examiners (BBE) CLE Reporting Website?
The CLE will not appear immediately. If fact, it can take several months. The Law School has authority from the Board of Bar Examiners to approve CLE programs (except those involving ethics). Just because the Law School has approved the CLE does not mean the BBE knows about it. The Law School submits quarterly notices to the BBE for all CLE programs held at the Law School. Once the notices are received by BBE, the course will appear on their website. This takes time. Attendees may self-report their attendance using the General Program Approval (GPA) form within the BBE’s CLE reporting site. CLE reporting questions should be directed to https://clereporting.wicourts.gov/.
How do I view handouts before or during the session?
Materials for the upcoming session are linked above under “Volunteer CLE Series” a few days before the presentation.
How do I ask a question?
You may ask questions during the presentation through the chat function. The session facilitator will read them aloud for the presenter to answer.
Try refreshing your screen or closing your browser window and re-opening it, as this resolves many issues. If you continue to experience problems during the presentation, email firstname.lastname@example.org during the presentation. If you believe you missed a code due to a technical difficulty, email email@example.com.