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.
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.
Carrie Vance - Treasurer
Carrie Vance graduated from Boston College Law School in 2005. She began her legal career at the Madison area non-profit, Community Justice Inc. Carrie has been a Trial Attorney with U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission since 2015. She worked on the litigations team in EEOC v. Walmart Stores East, LP and Walmart Stores, Inc., a disability discrimination case that went to jury trial in Madison, Wisconsin in October 2019, winning a $5.2 million verdict and the litigation team in EEOC v. Walmart Stores East LP, another disability discrimination case that went to jury trial in Green Bay, Wisconsin in July 2021, winning a $125,150,000 verdict. She works in the Milwaukee Area Office of EEOC.
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.
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.
Gwen O'Loughlin is a Project Manager for Vital Transformation, a healthcare consultancy focused on addressing the challenges of today’s modern healthcare system. Vital Transformation works closely with health care professionals, researchers, and regulators to measure the impact of new medical procedures, technologies and policies on current clinical practices, and then shares these findings with international decision makers and stakeholders. In May 2023, Gwen received a Master of Science in Clinical and Health Informatics from the University of Wisconsin Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health. As a one-time client of Community Justice, Inc., Gwen is dedicated to assisting CJI in achieving its development goals so that others may also benefit from its services.
Attorney Seep Paliwal is a senior associate in Stafford Rosenbaum LLP’s Madison office. Her practice focuses on intellectual property and entertainment law. Her IP work heavily involves copyright licensing and enforcement, trademark prosecution and protection, and trade secret enforcement for a range of industries, including those of musicians, authors, playwrights, screenwriters, artists, businesses, and nonprofits. .
When she’s not delving into IP work, Seep enjoys practicing general business law, both litigation and transactional work, in addition to condominium association matters. She also frequents work in probate, guardianship, and as a court-appointed guardian ad litem in family law matters.
Seep first gained experience with intellectual property law as a law student working with the UW-Madison Office of Legal Affairs as a trademark clerk. She also clerked with the USDA’s Forest Service, advising on issues such as pending patent prosecution, disputes of inventorship, and trademark infringement. Prior to joining Stafford Rosenbaum, she was a staff attorney with Community Justice, Inc.
Donnie Malchow is an Associate Attorney at Hawks Quindel in Madison, where he specializes in worker's compensation and Social Security disability law. He dedicates his practice to helping injured workers navigate complex bureaucracies, ensuring they receive the benefits they deserve.
As a Worker's Compensation Attorney, Donnie fights against insurance companies that dispute claims, advocating for his clients' best interests and securing full benefits. In his role as a Social Security Disability Attorney, Donnie works tirelessly to present a comprehensive picture of his clients' conditions during the application process. This helps disabled individuals access the benefits they earned through years of hard work.
Donnie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ripon College and graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2020. Prior to joining Hawks Quindel, he worked as a worker’s compensation attorney and Social Security disability attorney in Wisconsin’s Fox Cities. He is a board member of the Wisconsin Association for Justice.