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Avery defense team to headline trial attorney events

A civil rights attorney and a criminal defense attorney featured in a recent Netflix series will be the keynote speakers at a seminar hosted by the state’s plaintiff attorneys association.

Civil rights attorney Walter Kelly and criminal defense attorney Dean Strang will speak at the Wisconsin Association For Justice’s spring seminar on March 18 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Green Bay. The day-long seminar will cover discovery techniques.

Speakers at the spring seminar also include attorneys from Habush, Habush & Rottier; Pitman, Kalkhoff, Sicula & Dentice SC; and the state Department of Justice. To register, visit

Kelly and Strang will also give a presentation at an event hosted by WAJ’s Justice Fund from 5 to 7 p.m. on March 8 at the Wisconsin Club, 900 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. The event costs $100 per person. To register, visit

Strang and Kelly represented Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who made headlines in 2003 when he was released from prison after spending nearly two decades behind bars for a rape he didn’t commit. Avery was back in court two years later, charged with killing Teresa Halbach, a freelance photographer who had visited the Avery family salvage yard to take photos of cars on Halloween. She was never seen alive again.

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Erika Strebel is the law beat reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal and a law school student at UW-Madison. She can be reached at 414-225-1825.

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