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Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office

Jun 7, 2017

Pakes has big picture understanding of criminal law

Kathy Pakes has made a career out of understanding the troubles and needs of the people she is working with at any given moment.

Jun 7, 2017

Sette dedicated to court system’s most vulnerable

Laura Sette went to law school to be a prosecutor. Instead, she became a public defender in Brooklyn after graduation before coming to Wisconsin.

Dec 1, 2016

Solraj at the base of data for the SPD

Combining a problem-solving mind with a customer-friendly attitude, Chandru Solraj offers the best of both worlds.

Feb 18, 2016

Dickmann uses partnerships to help clients

David Dickmann’s transition from being a police detective to a public defender turned out to be a smooth one.

Dec 4, 2014

Smith finds satisfaction in helping others

The Madison man was facing allegations of killing two people while under the influence of cocaine.

Dec 4, 2014

Peterson offers help when defendants need it most

Sandra Peterson has learned during 35 years with the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office the importance of understanding defendants and her duty to protect their rights.

Sep 17, 2014

Lin looks for the challenges

Enku Edgar Lin realized he was pursuing the right practice area while interning as a 2L with the State Public Defender’s Office in the Milwaukee Trial Division.

Sep 17, 2014

Bricco shows her toughness

An attorney has to be tough to succeed in indigent defense.

Jun 12, 2014

La Tour provides a voice for the vulnerable

Jean La Tour fought her first legal battle when her brother began the fight for his life.

Jun 12, 2014

Wolfe finds strength in challenges of her job

Mary Wolfe uses her undergraduate degree in secondary education, but not in the usual way.

Jun 12, 2014

Spoerl tries to keep clients out of the system

For many working in the legal field, success is gauged by how much money is awarded or if a conviction is overturned.

Sep 26, 2013

Masnica fights for rights

Public defender Nicole Masnica proved her worth just two months after starting her legal career.


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