Our Professionals


Jennifer Lyn 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 Chair of the Dane County Bar Association’s Delivery of Legal Services Committee (DLSC). Jennifer has been Chair or Co-Chair of this committee since 2004. 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 2013 Jennifer was honored by the Pro Bono Society of the UW Law School for her pro bono work with that program and in 2015 Community Justice Inc. was honored as a legal innovator by the State Bar of Wisconsin for the firm’s Restraining Order Program.

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, the Veterans Law Center and the Senior Wills Program.

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.

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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.


Jen Cunha

Jen Cunha is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School and a member the Wisconsin, Oregon, and New York state bars. In law school, Jen participated in UW’s clinical system, which provides hands-on learning for law students. Through her clinical work, Jen represented clients in cases involving housing, employment, public benefits, immigration, domestic violence, elder, and criminal law.  After law school Jen worked at with Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York, where she worked to protect the rights of incarcerated people and to provide volunteer lawyers to prisoners in need of legal assistance. Since coming to CJI, Jen expanded her practice to include family and consumer law and is also working as CJI’s volunteer coordinator.

In law school, Jen created pro bono opportunities for law students, including providing legal assistance to low-income victims of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Superstorm Sandy.  Jen received awards for this and her clinical work from the UW Law School, the Dane County Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin, and Super Lawyers Magazine.  Jen works for CJI because she believes that low-cost, high-quality legal services are essential to ensuring equal access to justice for all Wisconsin residents. She believes strongly in CJI’s philosophy of client – driven representation and holistic services.


Christina Tenuta

Christina graduated from the City University of New York School of Law (CUNY) in 2010, where she received the Hon. Bryanne Hamill Family Law Fellowship and the Public Interest Law Fellowship. Christina has experience in both civil and criminal defense matters and is a trained mediator in the areas of small claims, family law, and foreclosure mediation. As a dedicated public interest attorney, Christina has participated in the creation of the Tri-County Foreclosure Mediation Clinic in northeastern Wisconsin and the Senior Wills Clinic in Dane County. Christina is currently a board member of the Dane County Bar Association. Christina’s publications include: Can You Really Be a Good Role Model to Your Child if you Can’t Braid Her Hair? The Unconstitutionality of Factoring Gender and Sexuality into Custody Determinations, 14 N. Y. City Law Rev. (Summer 2012).


Bridget Laurent

Bridget Laurent graduated in 2014 from the University of Wisconsin Law School.  Bridget participated in several pro-bono clinics at the law school including the Neighborhood Law Clinic, the Veteran’s Law Clinic, the Unemployment Appeals Clinic, Wills for Heroes, and the Court Appointed Special Advocates program.  She has experience with family law, employment law, landlord/tenant issues, restraining orders, consumer law, government benefits, and estate planning.  Bridget is dedicated to public interest work and graduated with honors in the Pro-Bono Society.


Frances Reynolds Colbert

Frances has a diverse legal practice background. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin Law School (with honors), Frances worked for a large Chicago law firm in the intellectual property litigation department. Upon returning to Madison, Frances served as a law clerk for the Honorable Margaret Vergeront in the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District IV. Since then she has been representing indigent criminal defendants as appointed counsel for the Wisconsin Public Defender, with a focus on criminal appeals. Frances has also represented consumers against predatory businesses and individuals in a variety of practice areas. Frances’ thorough approach to representation has helped her successfully protect her clients’ rights and achieve favorable outcomes.

Frances is a member of the Legal Association for Women and has previously served on the board as Program Chair. She is also a member of the Dane County Bar Association and the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.