About the Milwaukee Justice Center
The Milwaukee Justice Center utilizes volunteers to address the unmet legal needs of Milwaukee County's low-income unrepresented litigants through court-based programs and legal resources.
The Milwaukee Justice Center (MJC) is a collaborative project between the Milwaukee Bar Association, Milwaukee County, and Marquette University Law School. The underlying philosophy of the project is that self-represented litigants have a fundamental right to access the justice system even if they cannot afford an attorney or do not qualify for legal aid. Generally, self-represented litigants who earn more than 125 percent of the federal poverty guidelines do not qualify for free legal services.
(left to right) Marquette University Law School Dean Joseph D. Kearney, Milwaukee Bar Association President Francis W. Deisinger, Marquette University Law School Pro Bono Coordinator Adrienne J. Olson, Milwaukee County Clerk of Circuit Court John W. Barrett, Milwaukee Justice Center Executive Director Dawn R. Caldart, and Milwaukee County Circuit Court Chief Judge Jeffrey A. Kremers.
This means, in 2011, a single person earning more than $13,538 or a family of four earning more than $27,563 annually is considered ineligible for most free legal assistance. These families struggle to pay for basic necessities; rent, groceries and utilities. Thus, when faced with civil legal issues, many have no choice but to access the courts alone. As such, the MJC strives to address the substantive and procedural barriers facing unrepresented litigants so that they can better navigate the legal system.
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