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Milwaukee attorney to participate in congressional briefing

Staff members of the Eviction Defense Project and its partners, Dawn Caldart (left bench, from front) director of pro bono and professional development at Quarles & Brady; Eviction Defense Project Coordinator Raphael Ramos; Milwaukee County Clerk of Circuit Court John Barrett; (middle bench, from front) presiding Court Commissioner Maria Dorsey; Legal Action of Wisconsin’s Volunteer Lawyer Project Coordinator Maggie Niebler-Brown; Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Ellen Brostrom; and (standing on the right) Eviction Defense Project Paralegal Don Tolbert; Chief Judge Maxine White; and Mary Ferwerda, executive director of the Milwaukee Justice Center, gather at the Milwaukee County Courthouse on Jan. 4. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

Eviction Defense Project Coordinator Raphael Ramos (second from left) will take part in a congressional briefing in Washington, D.C., about the need for legal representation for tenants in eviction proceedings. (File photo by Kevin Harnack)

An attorney from Legal Action of Wisconsin’s Milwaukee office will take part in a congressional briefing in Washington, D.C., about the need for legal representation for tenants in eviction proceedings.

The Legal Services Corp., an organization that distributes money to independent nonprofit legal-aid programs throughout the country in order to provide civil legal aid to clients with low incomes, is organizing the briefing with the help of two Democrats from the U.S. House of Representatives, according to a news release.

The briefing will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  on Thursday at 2168 Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. The event will also be livestreamed using Facebook Live on the LSC’s Facebook page.

The event will feature a discussion among a former legal-aid client and three eviction-defense experts, including the Milwaukee attorney Raphael Ramos, who is the coordinator for Legal Action’s Eviction Defense Project in Milwaukee.

The president of the LSC, James Sandman, will be the moderator of the discussion.

Earlier this year, Legal Action of Wisconsin’s Eviction Defense Project in Milwaukee received a $340,000 grant from the LSC to increase its service hours.

About Erika Strebel, erika.strebel@wislawjournal.com

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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