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Lessons from Ferguson: Municipal Court Debt Collection in Wisconsin, Missouri, & Nationwide 2022

Product ID: CA3389D
Presented By: State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE

Fallout from Ferguson 

The 2014 police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and subsequent grassroots protests and advocacy put a spotlight on Ferguson’s policing and municipal court debt collection practices. 

The activism in Ferguson, combined with local advocacy and a DOJ “Dear Colleague” letter to state court administrators, prompted municipal court debt collection studies in Wisconsin. At Lessons from Ferguson: Municipal Court Debt Collection in Wisconsin, Missouri, and Nationwide, you’ll examine the results of those studies and how what happened in Ferguson is shaping opinions, policies, and practices in Wisconsin and around the nation.

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Fallout from Ferguson 

The 2014 police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and subsequent grassroots protests and advocacy put a spotlight on Ferguson’s policing and municipal court debt collection practices. 

The activism in Ferguson, combined with local advocacy and a DOJ “Dear Colleague” letter to state court administrators, prompted municipal court debt collection studies in Wisconsin. At Lessons from Ferguson: Municipal Court Debt Collection in Wisconsin, Missouri, and Nationwide, you’ll examine the results of those studies and how what happened in Ferguson is shaping opinions, policies, and practices in Wisconsin and around the nation.

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Susan C. Lund, (UW Law 2011), is a supervising attorney at Legal Action of Wisconsin. She specializes in helping low-income clients remove legal barriers to family-sustaining employment. Her work includes driver’s license recovery, resolving warrants caused by poverty, municipal court defense, expungement, and pardons. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the Public Interest Law Section Board, a member of the Milwaukee Bar Association Courts Committee, and a Monitor with the Wisconsin Lawyer Assistance Program.

Dr. Emma S. Shakeshaft is a staff attorney and researcher at the ACLU of Wisconsin. Her substantive areas of focus are racial justice, criminal justice, the criminalization of poverty, and policing. Emma began working at the ACLU of Wisconsin in 2018 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow and her project focused on municipal court debt collection practices. Emma received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and completed her doctorate and a Master’s of Science degree in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Southern California.

  • Understand the context behind the recent widespread scrutiny of municipal court debt collection
  • Review the findings from studies on court debt collection in Wisconsin
  • Examine current municipal court debt collection practices in Wisconsin
  • Analyze nationwide trends and assess their potential impact on court debt collection in Wisconsin
  • Discuss alternative methods of municipal debt collection
  • Municipal attorneys
  • Municipal judges
  • Debtor & creditor attorneys
  • Civil rights & constitutional lawyers
  • Criminal law attorneys
  • General practitioners
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