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Prosecutor recovers, flourishes after job setbacks

Not many attorneys would hold onto a job that delivered a paycheck that covered little more than the cost of transportation to work. Brook Teuber did, and it helped her land the career of her dreams. Teuber is an assistant district attorney at the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office. But getting there took sacrifice and dedication. ADA positions open up ...

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Grandfather’s Main Street practice fueled interest

Andrea Kupfer Schneider’s love for the law goes back to Main Street in Farmingdale, Long Island. Her grandfather, Joseph Stern, was the village attorney there. He also ran a private practice. And he had lunch at a little diner on Main Street, where everyone knew his name. “I always thought I’d work for a company or be an engineer,” Schneider ...

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Rieger takes reins at Davis & Kuelthau

Street corner chatter rose up in Italian, English, sometimes both at once, where Ann Rieger grew up. Rieger lost her father, Frank Roccapalumba, when she was young. From the east side Milwaukee duplex Rieger called home as a child, her mother, Madeline, taught her to study hard, work hard and give back to the community. She carried the legacy of ...

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Litigator facilitates trial practice discussions online

In 2007, Anne Reed found a way to share her ideas and thoughts about juries and jury selection issues: she launched a blog, Deliberations. “The blog format is a wonderful way of being able to publish material a little bit at a time and enter into a conversation with people,” said Reed, an attorney and jury consultant with Reinhart Boerner ...

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Natural curiosity led Priebe to practice law

As a child, Catherine M. Priebe amazed — and occasionally annoyed — her parents with her favorite question: Why? “I always wanted to know the reasoning behind everything,” laughs Priebe, who chairs the Trusts, Estates & Succession Planning Practice Group at Davis & Kuelthau S.C. in Milwaukee. It was her natural curiosity — not a family tradition of attorneys or ...

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Quarles partner’s efforts encourage diversity

Nancy Peterson’s childhood in Medford, Wis., which currently has a population of 4,260, showed her how different people were. But not until a trip to Brazil when she was 13 did she realize the big disparities in life. “There were people living in the hills in cardboard and corrugated huts,” Peterson said. “In a space of seven blocks you had ...

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Trial attorney lives her belief in the 'power of one'

To understand Christine Bremer Muggli, you have to know her family history. “I grew up as a Chicago Democrat,” explains the shareholder at Bremer & Trollop S.C., a plaintiffs’ firm with five offices in Northern Wisconsin. “My grandfather was a city alderman and chair of the Chicago Transit Authority. I was raised by a mother who watched her father bring ...

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Lubinsky manages work and life’s ‘controlled chaos’

Lori Lubinsky never guessed that her work choreographing dance routines for high school choirs would cross over to her legal practice. In fact, there were probably a few things Lubinsky never fathomed about the law, until she became a lawyer. “I never really knew what the practice of law was really about when I went into law school,” said Lubinsky, ...

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Jacobs shows versatility, commitment in her career

It’s no surprise that the new acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Michelle L. Jacobs, tackles sprint triathlons in her free time. After all, her professional accomplishments have duly prepared her for a sporting event that requires so much versatility and commitment. Jacobs manages the daily operations of a large staff of busy attorneys; she tries her ...

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Life offers opportunities for personal growth

Sandy Hupfer’s father once mused about her extended studies. After an undergraduate degree in music, a law degree from the University of Wisconsin, and a practice with Stellpflug Law in DePere, he thought his 50-year-old daughter was done with school. But course by course, taking just a class or two each year for the last eight years, Hupfer continued her ...

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Ginger educates legislators about SPD’s role

The eligibility standards for defendants seeking representation by the Wisconsin State Public Defender have not changed since 1987. The most recent legislative attempt to raise them failed, despite receiving support from committees in the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly. Not surprisingly, it was a disappointment to Krista L. Ginger, executive assistant/legislative liaison for the SPD. “But, we’ve had so many budget ...

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Late law school bloomer finds her calling in public service

What kind of attorney walks away from a lucrative private practice? One who finally feels able to pursue her passion — helping the less fortunate of the community in which she was raised. “I had a very successful and lucrative general practice for more than 16 years,” explains Karen Dardy, supervising attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee. “It ...

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Attorney general devotes her career to Indian law

Sheila Corbine got swept off her feet in her first year of law school. “I did volunteer work for the Lac Courte Oreilles tribal legal department, and that’s when I fell in love with the idea of working for the tribe,” says the current attorney general of the Ho-Chunk Nation in Black River Falls. “The tribes have their own courts, ...

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Carter didn’t set out to be trailblazer

Eugenia “Gina” Carter’s resume has some achievements many people thought weren’t possible for women 20 years ago. She’s attained shareholder status at Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. in Madison. And she’s the head of litigation for intellectual property, a field dominated by men. Her colleagues call her a trailblazer, but that isn’t what she set out to be. “I don’t think ...

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When it comes to litigation, Braza plays ball

In 1981, brand-new litigator Mary K. Braza’s opposing counsel continually referred to her as “little lady” during a deposition. Braza decided to play his game — drawing attention to his advanced age, just as he had drawn attention to her gender. She started asking the deponent, his client, every few minutes if his lawyer needed to take a restroom break, ...

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Attorney promotes opportunities for women

As the mother of three children, including twins, Linda Benfield had to find a way to balance her children’s needs with her career as an environmental lawyer. Her balance meant working one day a week from home and often returning to work after the children went to bed. “I wanted to figure out a way for it to work for ...

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Public servant was out in front at an early age

Rosemary Elbert has seen a lot in her nearly half-century of practice. “I was the first woman lawyer in Milwaukee County Corporation Counsel’s office,” explains Elbert, who in 2004 also became the first permanent executive director of Wisconsin Judicare Inc. in Wausau. “The attitude of other lawyers was shock. I remember waiting outside a judge’s office, and I heard him ...

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Avery Bill finds legislative support

The Avery Bill is receiving praise and support. It is a compilation of criminal justice reforms, though some are proclaiming its virtues louder than others. “It’s not all that everybody wanted, but legislation rarely is,” said Keith Findley, University of Wisconsin Law School professor and co-director of the Innocence Project. “But it is a good step in the right direction.” ...

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