Aviva M. Kaiser, JD
Aviva M. Kaiser is Ethics Counsel at the State Bar of Wisconsin. She has taught at the University of Wisconsin Law School for 25 years. She teaches Professional Responsibilities and has also taught Ethical and Professional Considerations in Writing, Problem Solving, and Risk Management. From 1992 until 2002, she was the Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program. Aviva received her B.A. in Chinese from the University of Pittsburgh and her J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School. She clerked for the Honorable Louis B. Garippo in People v. John Wayne Gacy and clerked for the Honorable Maurice Perlin in the Illinois Appellate Court. She practiced law in Chicago before beginning her full-time teaching career at IIT Chicago/Kent College of Law.
Judge Carl Ashley
Judge Carl Ashley has been an active member of the State Bar of Wisconsin for over 35 years and a distinguished judge with the Milwaukee County Circuit Court for over 20 years. First elected to the court in 1999, he was the first African-American judge to win a judicial election without first being appointed by a governor. Judge Ashley is a double graduate of Marquette University, completing both his undergraduate and law degrees there. Anyone who knows Judge Ashley knows that he is a passionate advocate for justice both in and out of the courtroom. In addition to his service on the bench, Judge Ashley has been a national leader in domestic violence education and criminal justice reform for many years, and has been honored by numerous awards, including the Wisconsin Law Foundation’s Charles L. Goldberg Distinguished Service Award in 2019. He is also the longstanding Chair of the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s Effective Justice Strategies Subcommittee and has been the Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Oversight Committee with the State Bar of Wisconsin since 2015.
Odalo J. Ohiku, JD
Attorney Ohiku’s primary areas of practice are criminal defense, divorce, family law, mediation, school law and general practice.
“Care for the whole person!” These words of wisdom are the cornerstone of the Law Office of Odalo J. Ohiku. With a relentless passion for protecting people’s rights, Mr. Ohiku works tirelessly to ensure that law enforcement does not violate any of our rights guaranteed under the Constitution. Mr. Ohiku’s experiences at Marquette University undoubtedly solidified his mission to deliver high quality legal service to each and every client. In order to provide consummate legal representation and vigorous advocacy for his clients, Mr. Ohiku does, indeed, care for the whole person. Attorney Ohiku specializes in divorce law, family law, custody and placement, criminal law, wills and trusts, and general practice.
Elise Alexandria Ashley
Elise is currently a student at the University of Wisconsin Law School where she is the Co-Executive Director of the Black Law Students Association. She received her B.A. in Political Science and a certificate in Criminal Justice from UW-Madison. Elise was a competitor in the LawMeets® M&A Boot Camp, an online program to teach deal skills to law students. While in Law School she has worked as a Jail Intake Intern at the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s office, the Circulation Desk Assistant at the UW Law Library and a Project Assistant at WU Law School. In addition, she is the daughter of Judge Carl Ashley.
Scott Colom, JD
Scott is native of Columbus, MS. He received a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from Millsaps College. After college, Scott was selected to teach in Guyana, South America by World Teach, a non-profit, non-governmental organization based at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. WorldTeach provides opportunities for individuals to contribute working in developing countries. While participating in the program, Scott taught English in a small rural town in Guyana.
Scott is also a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he graduated cum laude. While in law school, Scott interned with the chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania, and was one of twenty-five students nationwide awarded a summer honors internship with the United States Department of Justice. He was also a member of the school’s Mock Trial and Moot Court team.
After law school, Scott was one of 28 young legal professionals nationwide to be awarded a prestigious Skadden Fellowship to work with the Mississippi Center for Justice. During the fellowship, Scott worked with a group of non-profits and organizations to combat the growth of predatory lending in MS and to help develop affordable, asset building alternatives.
In 2011, Scott Colom was appointed the youngest and first African American justice court judge in Lowndes County history. In 2012, he was appointed municipal court judge in Aberdeen, MS and in 2013 was appointed the first African American prosecutor for the city of Columbus. In 2015, he was elected District Attorney for Circuit Court District Sixteen, which includes Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay and Noxubee counties. He is the first African American District Attorney to represent a majority white district in Mississippi history.