Our Professionals

 

Jennifer Lynn Binkley

Jennifer Lyn Binkley

Jennifer Lyn Binkley is a 2001 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. She is the Managing Attorney and Development Director at Community Justice Inc. (CJI) of Madison, a non-profit, private law firm.  She primarily practices in the area of family law, and also handles landlord/tenant and other civil litigation cases. Jennifer currently serves as Co-Chair of the Dane County Bar Association’s Delivery of Legal Services Committee (DLSC). Jennifer has been Chair or Co-Chair of this committee for the past six years. During this time the DLSC has worked to develop, maintain, and coordinate pro bono and pro se projects, including pro se clinics, attorney training opportunities, the Pro Bono Breakfast fundraising event, and a series of family law, pro se videos. In 2004 the DLSC received a State Bar of Wisconsin award for Outstanding Commitment to Pro Bono Service, an award Jennifer also won as an individual in the following year. In 2009 the DLSC won the Local Bar Grant award from the State Bar of Wisconsin for its Family Law video series, “Moving On”. Jennifer was also named a Wisconsin Law Journal Leader in the Law in 2007 for her work on the DLSC.

In addition to her work with at CJI and with the Dane County Bar, Jennifer volunteers her time at the Dane County Courthouse to assist pro se family law litigants through the Dane County Bar Association’s Family Law Assistance Center and the Small Claims Assistance Center, and volunteers as a housing mentor with Habitat for Humanity.

Alyssa Mahaffay

Alyssa Mahaffay

Alyssa is a graduate of UW Law School where she was actively involved with the Public Interest Law Foundation and the Neighborhood Law Project.  Alyssa began her legal career as a Deputy Public Defender for Minnehaha County South Dakota.  While practicing as a public defender Alyssa gained experience in criminal defense, mental commitment defense, termination of parental rights defense and juvenile defense.  She was also involved in the Women in Law section of the South Dakota State Bar.

Alyssa began practicing at CJI in 2006. While at CJI Alyssa expanded her practice to include family law and Guardian ad litem work.  She was elected to the Public Interest Law Section of the Wisconsin State Bar in 2007 where she served a three year term.

In 2010 Alyssa was appointed as a Supplemental Court Commissioner by the Honorable Judge O’Brien.

Mara Bridgman Sheridan

Mara Bridgman Sheridan

Mara Bridgman Sheridan has a degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University. As Operations Director, she is responsible for financial and personnel management, fundraising and development, and firm operations. She is an active member of the Wisconsin Association of Legal Administrator’s Education Committee and a participant in the ED Roundtable discussion group. Mara previously served as Community Justice Inc.’s Firm Administrator.

Kim Ackmann

Kimberly Ackmann

Kimberly Ackmann is a 2009 graduate of Marquette University Law School. As a student, she worked as the Elder’s Advisor Managing Editor and as the Vice President of Coaching for Marquette’s Client Skills Board, an organization dedicated to the development of dispute resolution and quality client interaction. She also participated in the Small Claims Legal Clinic, assisting pro se litigants, and interned with the Legal Aid Society’s guardian ad litem division. Kimberly was both a competitor and a coach in Mediation and Negotiation competitions with MULS, competing both regionally and internationally. Prior to joining CJI, she provided legal services to the indigent of Rock County. She is dedicated to resolving disputes and legal issues in a manner that meets the full-range of interests and needs of her clients, and enjoys playing her part in keeping legal services accessible.

Adrienne Barth

Adrienne Olson

Adrienne Olson is a 2010 graduate of William Mitchell College of Law.  While in law school, she worked as a student-certified public defender in Ramsey County and interned at the Wisconsin Office of the State Public Defender.  In addition, she volunteered at the Hennepin County Self-Help Center, assisting pro se individuals with housing and expungement issues, and as a Minnesota Department of Revenue tax preparer for low-income individuals.  Adrienne received the Minnesota Justice Foundation Achievement in Volunteer Public Service award in 2010.  She is very committed and dedicated to providing affordable legal services to individuals and families in Wisconsin.

Picture of Attorney Micheal Rosenberg

Michael Rosenberg

Michael Rosenberg has been practicing law since 1990.  After recently moving to Madison, Michael joined CJI in 2011.  He brings to CJI years of experience in the courts at all levels in Wisconsin.  He is excited to now live in Madison and have the opportunity to help low income and working individuals and families. Michael has a long history of volunteer activities in the community with the Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin, the American Bar Association, and various neighborhood associations.  Michael is a past recipient of the Milwaukee Young Lawyers’ Service Award for leading the Landlord/Tenant Hotline and the Award for Outstanding Services Provided to the Volunteer Lawyers Project.  He also has been actively involved in the State Bar’s public education activities, including Mock Trial.

 Attorney Marla Soileau

Marla Soileau

Marla has been practicing law since 2003. She is a member of the bar in Wisconsin and Oregon. Her background includes landlord tenant law, work in county jails, small claims advising, criminal defense practice as well as work as a volunteer attorney in family law. After moving to Wisconsin in 2013, Marla first volunteered and then went on to join the staff of CJI. She enjoys working with clients in the area of family law and looks forward to expanding her practice into guardian ad litem work. Marla is committed to providing affordable legal services to individuals and families in need.