Mara Bridgman Sheridan - Interim Executive Director

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. Mara previously served as Community Justice Inc.’s Firm Administrator.

Michael Rosenberg - Managing Attorney

Michael Rosenberg has been practicing law since 1990.  After 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 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. Michael focuses his practice on criminal defense, including appeals, and as a court-appointed guardian ad Litem in family law cases.

Seep Paliwal

Seep Paliwal is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. She has a dedicated passion for public interest law and public policy, which she developed working with a number of non-profits and public interest programs while in law school. Since graduating, Seep has continued to volunteer with various pro se clinics in the Madison community. With CJI, Seep practices primarily in the area of family law, practicing both as advocacy counsel and court appointed guardian ad litem. She is also the Lead Attorney for two of CJI’s pro bono initiatives, the Municipal Defense Project, which provides pro bono representation to homeless individuals in municipal court, and the Foreclosure Defense Project, which provides pro bono foreclosure defense to individuals vulnerable to homelessness. Seep was honored as an Up and Coming Lawyer in 2017 by the Wisconsin Law Journal and was the recipient of the State Bar of Wisconsin 2018 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. In 2019, she received the Belle Case LaFollette Award in recognition of her work in public interest law.

Elizabeth Mackey

Elizabeth has a B.A. from Grinnell College and was admitted to practice law in Wisconsin in 2005 after graduating magna cum laude from University of Illinois School of Law in 2005. After graduation, Elizabeth clerked for a year for the Honorable Judge Margaret Vergeront at the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Elizabeth has experience in many types of litigation, including employment discrimination, criminal defense and land use. Now at CJI, Elizabeth is committed to representing individuals in family law, bankruptcy and employment discrimination actions.

In addition to her experiences practicing law in Wisconsin, Elizabeth spent a summer working for a U.S.A.I.D. contractor at the Indonesian Department of Trade on international trade issues, and taught criminal law for undergraduates as an adjunct faculty member at Northern Arizona University. She has lived for extended periods in both Russia and Indonesia, and is always interested in learning about the lives and adventures of other people.

Evan Nordgren

Evan Nordgren graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2015. During law school, he focused on criminal, employment and labor, and children’s law. As a law student, he interned with the Wisconsin Office of the State Public Defender for two years. He represented individuals accused of crimes and assisted agency staff with legislative issues. After law school, he worked as a trial attorney for the Public Defender and for the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families prior to joining Community Justice, Inc. Evan is deeply passionate about providing legal representation to low income people. At CJI, he focuses on family law and juvenile defense, along with other issues of children’s law. Evan volunteers for and serves on the board of the Student Expulsion Prevention Project, which provides pro bono representation to students facing school expulsion in Dane and Milwaukee counties.

Keith Sayles

Keith Sayles is originally from the Madison area and received a BA from Carleton College.  Keith graduated from the University of Minnesota with a JD in 2008.  During law school, Keith interned at the Ramsey County Public Defender’s Office and later volunteered at the Drug Court Diversion Program in Hennepin County.  Keith was admitted to the Wisconsin Bar in 2009.  Immediately after admission to the Wisconsin Bar, Keith moved to New Jersey and then New York and was involved with CASA of Mercer County, NJ and New York Legal Assistance Group.  When Keith and his family returned home to Madison, he began volunteering with and later working at the Tenant Resource Center (TRC).  At TRC, Keith conducted legal research, drafted materials, taught seminars, and worked directly with both tenants and landlords with housing problems.  Keith is committed to helping provide open access to free and reduced cost legal services.  He volunteers his time as a mediator at Dane County Small Claims Court.

Frank Donahue

Frank is a 2006 graduate of the University of Minnesota and a 2018 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. Between college and law school, he taught ESL to students of all ages in Korea and California. Frank received his JD with a concentration in international and comparative law. During law school, he interned at a business law firm in Hanoi, Vietnam, and studied abroad in Santiago, Chile, where he was a research assistant for the Human Rights Center at Diego Portales University. Since graduating, he has served as a pro bono attorney for several immigration law clinics and spent one week representing asylum seekers at a family detention center in Dilley, TX. Frank believes in furthering equal access to justice and legal services, and he is dedicated to fostering meaningful equality and opportunities for all. 

Jennifer Lyn Binkley - Of Counsel

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. She primarily practices in the area of family law, frequently serves as Guardian ad Litem for children and vulnerable adults and also handles landlord/tenant and other civil cases. Jennifer currently serves as Chair of the Dane County Bar Association’s Delivery of Legal Services Committee (DLSC). Jennifer has chaired the 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 and attorney training opportunities. This committee has won several awards for service. In 2007 Jennifer was honored as a Leader in the Law by the Wisconsin Law Journal and in 2013 was honored by the Pro Bono Society of the UW Law School for her pro bono work. In 2015 Community Justice Inc. was honored as a legal innovator by the State Bar of Wisconsin for the firm’s Restraining Order Program.

Jennifer volunteers her time to assist pro se litigants through the DCBA Family Law Assistance Center, the Small Claims Assistance Center, the Veterans Law Center and the Senior Wills Program.

In the fall of 2019 Jennifer transitioned to an Of Counsel position with CJI. She has been with the firm since 2005 and will continue to support its mission with a focus on guardian ad litem appointments and volunteer development projects. She is currently the Director of the UW Law School Family Law Project.

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**Staff portraits courtesy of Saager Paliwal.