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

Mitch is an Associate Clinical Law Professor and Director of the Neighborhood Law Clinic. 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.

Lara Sutherlin

Lara Sutherlin is an attorney with extensive experience in directing complex legal initiatives for the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division. In the 10+ years she has been with Attorney General’s office she has investigated and litigated regulatory matters in all types of industries, with a recent focus on the financial industry. Prior to joining the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Lara practiced law in Boston, Massachusetts, where she specialized in wage and hour class actions. Lara is the co-founder of Wisconsin Coalition on Student Loan Debt, Inc. and an active volunteer with Slave Free Madison. In her free time she likes doing Pilates, listening to podcasts, traveling and mainly spending time with family.

Jane Appleby

Jane Appleby is Associate General Counsel at Aurora Health Care, where she is tasked with coordinating litigation defense for the state’s largest private employer (with 30,000+ employees, 15 hospitals and 100+ clinics). Jane’s practice principally focuses on medical malpractice defense, premises liability claims, and government investigations that may relate to Stark Law, the False Claims Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other civil rights laws, or various environmental laws and regulations.  Jane serves as a legal liaison for Aurora’s Sexual Assault Treatment Centers, having previously volunteered as a Rape Crisis Counsellor and clerked in Domestic Violence Courts.  Jane is also involved in Aurora’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, and has joined in efforts to reduce workplace violence.  Jane is a new member of the AIDS Resource Center Wisconsin Board, and has served on the State Bar’s Standing Ethics Committee, the Judicial Selection Committee, and the Marquette University Volunteer Legal Clinic Steering Committee.  Her pro bono efforts have focused primarily on disability benefits work, but Jane has also been involved with various post-conviction efforts as well as projects undertaken by the Innocence Project in New Mexico.

Cary Bloodworth

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.

Will Kramer

Will Kramer works in compliance at WPS Health Solutions, a health insurer and government contractor for TRICARE and Medicare. Before attending the University of Wisconsin Law School, he served as an investigator on a U.S. Senate oversight committee and worked for several years as a safety and risk management consultant to companies around the country. In that role, Will learned that one of his clients, a multinational corporation, was putting workers and communities at risk by illegally burning and dumping hazardous waste in Wisconsin and three other states. When it became clear that management at the company was aware of the practice and would not stop it without outside action, Will filed a whistleblower complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission and worked with a Pulitzer Prize-winning team of investigative journalists at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to expose the situation. As a result, state and federal agencies have launched ongoing civil and criminal investigations into the company. Will is passionate about improving access to justice throughout the legal system.

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