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.

 Frances

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.

Seep Paliwal

Seep Paliwal

Seep Paliwal graduated in 2015 from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She has a dedicated passion for public interest law and public policy. In law school she clerked for the Center for Media Democracy, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the United States Forest Service and Forest Products Laboratory. She also participated in the UW Law School Legal Aid for Disaster Relief pro bono trip to New Orleans, working with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services. Prior to joining CJI, Seep worked for a large Milwaukee law firm’s litigation department. With CJI, Seep practices primarily in the area of family law and is committed to providing affordable legal services to individuals and families in need.

Anna Dontje

Anna Dontje graduated in 2014 from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Anna has a diverse legal practice background that includes both criminal and civil law and is committed to public interest law. In law school, she participated in the Oxford Federal Project, clerked for the Department of Veterans Affairs, and volunteered for the Veterans Law Project and Federal Clemency Project. After law school, Anna worked for a Wisconsin-based personal injury law firm and volunteered as a Dane County Court Appointed Special Advocate. Now at CJI, Anna is excited to now have the opportunity to provide affordable legal services individuals and families.

Cary Bloodworth

Cary Bloodworth graduated summa cum laude from the University of Wisconsin in 2014, where she received the AAML’s Leonard Loeb Scholarship and UW’s Law in Action Research Fellowship. During law school, she focused on family and children’s law. While in law school, she participated in the Remington Center’s Family Law Project, in which she represented incarcerated individuals in family law matters. She also interned with the Dane County State Public Defenders’ Office, where she focused on juvenile representation and children’s law issues. Through these experiences, she developed a passion for providing affordable legal services to those who otherwise could not afford them. After law school, Cary clerked for the Honorable Lynn Adelman in the Eastern District of Wisconsin before joining CJI in 2016. Her practice at CJI focuses on family, juvenile, and children’s law. Her publications include: Judge or Jury? How Best to Preserve Due Process in Wisconsin Termination of Parental Rights Cases, 2013 WIS. L. REV. 1039.