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Apr 22, 2021

Jorge Fragoso joins GRGB criminal defense, appellate, civil litigation teams

Jorge R. Fragoso has joined Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown’s criminal defense, appellate and civil litigation teams. Fragoso comes to GRGB after spending nine years with the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office. While at the trial division in Waukesha County, he represented people in criminal matters from the pre-charging stage through motions, trials and sentencings. He was [...]

Nov 23, 2020

Wisconsin SPD training attorneys from Country of Georgia

Attorneys from the Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office are providing trial training for criminal-defense attorneys in the country of Georgia.

Oct 31, 2019

Public defenders talk about struggle to find, keep candidates

The Wisconsin Public Defenders Office revealed at a hearing on Thursday that it's struggling to find candidates for public defender positions.

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.

Mar 5, 2015

ON THE DEFENSIVE: Walker’s ‘conflict offices’ solution misses mark

Gov. Scott Walker’s recently unveiled biennial budget proposal outlines a measure to create “conflict offices” that would result in the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office retaining more criminal cases.

Jun 21, 2012

Vishny keeps active pace with mix of work, teaching

Deja Vishny, Wisconsin State Public Defenders Office Law degree received from: University of Wisconsin Law School, 1980 Deja Vishny does not shy away from hard work. In her first year as a Racine public defender in 1980, Vishny tried about a dozen cases. “It was a small office, only seven attorneys,” she said. “But it […]

Jun 21, 2012

Oliveto stays on the defense in decades-long career

Rose Oliveto requires no frills in working to improve the legal community and justice system. The organization she helps run, Southwestern Wisconsin Women Lawyers, is “not a group you’ll find in any book,” she said, but a basic networking and support group for female attorneys in a five-county area. They eschew splashy galas in favor of person-to-person connections.

Jul 11, 2011

State provides $10 million to cover added SPD positions

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.


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