Professor Ben Kempinen is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he taught from 1976 until his retirement in January 2018. In addition to teaching the first-year criminal law curriculum and a number of related courses, Prof. Kempinen was involved in several of the Law School's clinical programs, including serving as interim director of the Legal Defense Project; working as a supervising attorney in the Frank J. Remington Center's Legal Assistance to Institutionalized Persons Project (LAIP); and, from 1990 until his retirement, acting as director of the Remington Center's Prosecution Project.
Prof. Kempinen has also been involved in both trial and appellate litigation in the criminal law area, has taught at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, has participated in a variety of conferences and continuing legal education programs during the past two decades, and served on the Wisconsin Supreme Court Ethics 2000 Committee. He is currently the Chair of the State Bar's Professional Ethics Committee.
Timothy J. Pierce has been Ethics Counsel for the State Bar of Wisconsin since 2004. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and is a frequent speaker on matters of professional ethics. He also teaches Professional Responsibility at the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Previously, Mr. Pierce was employed as a Deputy Director at the Office of Lawyer Regulation, an Ethics Administrator for Milbank, Hadley, Tweed & McCloy, in New York, and an Assistant State Public Defender in Racine.