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Randy Kraft

Apr 16, 2018

State struggling to find enough attorneys (UPDATE)

Wisconsin's low compensation rate for private attorneys has contributed to the shortage of lawyers willing to represent people who can't afford a private attorney, according to state officials.

Sep 16, 2016

SPD proposing tuition reimbursement for private bar

The Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office is asking for the establishment of a tuition-reimbursement program for private bar attorneys who take cases for the agency.

Apr 1, 2016

Budget requests likely to include increases for judicial salaries, private rate for public-defender appointments

Among the proposals likely to be up for inclusion in the state's next budget are pay increases for judges, government lawyers and private attorneys who serve as public defender.

Feb 18, 2016

Prosecutors, defense attorneys clash over interrogation techniques

If nothing else, the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” has put a spotlight on an unsettling practice that Julius Kim and other defense lawyers see all the time: The admission into evidence of statements gathered in coercive interrogations.

May 20, 2015

Lawmakers quibble over Milwaukee police video evidence snafu

An informational hearing Wednesday on the recent crash of the Milwaukee Police Department’s video recording system yielded few answers.

Sep 16, 2014

SPD’s budget request includes private attorney rate hike

The State Public Defender's 2015-17 biennial budget request includes a proposal to increase to up to $60 per hour the rate paid to private attorneys who take on case work for the office.

Apr 9, 2014

Victim testimony rule getting a second look

An administrative rule regarding victim testimony during probation revocation hearings has been on the books for more than 20 years, but has never been used.

Jan 20, 2014

Recent grads encouraged to look beyond Milwaukee, Madison for work

Karl Huber practiced law out of his house in Ladysmith for the first year after graduating from Marquette University Law School.

May 9, 2012

Attorney fights for case appointments

A Milwaukee attorney wants a court to overturn his removal from the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s list of lawyers who take private bar case appointments.

Feb 16, 2012

Lawmakers introduce SPD pay progression bill

Legislators introduced a bill Wednesday to establish a pay progression system for assistant State Public Defenders.

Jul 7, 2011

New SPD attorneys relieved by budget appropriation

While interning with the Wisconsin State Public Defender last summer, University of Wisconsin Law School student Pete Middleton decided to apply for one of 30 new staff attorney jobs the agency sought to fill.

Jun 17, 2011

Attorneys argue for higher pay

The Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office’s difficulty finding capable lawyers hit home for John Birdsall in 2005 when he was the sixth attorney to defend a child pornography case.


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