Board of Directors
Dan O’Callaghan - President
Dan O’Callaghan is a partner with Carlson Black O’Callaghan & Battenberg LLP. Dan’s practice focuses in the areas of commercial real estate and real estate development. He also advises municipal governments on various aspects of planning and zoning law and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Dan is an active member of the Dane County Bar Association’s Delivery of Legal Services Committee and believes strongly in its mission of ensuring that all members of our community, especially those with limited resources, have access to the legal system.
Mitch is a Clinical Law Professor and Director of the Economic Justice Institute. He is also the Law School's representative on the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission and former Chair of the State Bar's Public Interest Law Section. At the clinic, law students learn how to evaluate, negotiate, and litigate rental housing and employment law cases, including claims of employment and housing discrimination, while providing direct legal services to people in need. In 2004, Mitch co-founded Community Justice Inc., a nonprofit tax-exempt sliding-scale law firm in Madison that provides direct legal services to low-income individuals.
Norma J. Kropp - Secretary
Norma J. Kropp has been a full-time faculty member for the past seven years for the paralegal program at Madison Area Technical College and more recently became the Program Director. She has been a paralegal for over 30 years and has advanced paralegal and administrative experience. Norma holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Adult Education. Norma successfully completed the NALA two-day certified paralegal examination, which is a national certification examination for paralegals, as well as the real estate paralegal specialty examination. Norma promotes the role of the paralegal as a vital member of the legal services delivery team. She is an ABA commissioner on the Paralegals Approval Commission, a member of the Dane County Bar Association’s Delivery of Legal Services Committee, and an active participant in the Pro Bono Basic Estate Plan Clinics for low income seniors and veterans and the Ready, Set, Retirement! informational workshops.
Cary Bloodworth is an assistant state public defender in the Madison office's appellate division. She primarily handles criminal appeals, but also works on mental health commitment, juvenile, and termination of parental rights appeals. Prior to joining the public defender's office, she worked as an attorney at Community Justice, focusing on family law and termination of parental rights cases. She believes strongly in Community Justice's mission of providing affordable legal representation to under-served populations. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, traveling, and ice cream.