Wisconsin Judicare Fall 2021 CLE Seminar 


Dates:  Wednesday, Nov. 17 & Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021
Time:  9:00 AM - 12:15 PM Central Time (US and Canada) 

Agenda & Registration

Wednesday, November 17th: 
9:00 - 9:50 am: Ethics in Our New World Practice of Law, Attorney Dean Dietrich - Weld Riley
This presentation will focus on ethical considerations as the practice of law evolves into a new normal. Topics will include a discussion about the use of technology, the duty of confidentiality and the use of social media in everyday law practices. The presenter is a long-time member of the State Bar Committee on Professional Ethics and speaks frequently regarding ethical issues faced by lawyers in all types of practices. The presenter will offer his observations regarding the relevancy of the Rules of Professional Conduct in the "new normal" of the practice of law.
Dean R. Dietrich, a shareholder with Weld Riley, S.C., has represented clients in the areas of lawyer ethics and professional responsibility for more than 40 years. He has represented attorneys in matters before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Office of Lawyer Regulation and consults with law firms and lawyers regarding compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct. Dean has served as Chair of the State Bar Committee on Professional Ethics in addition to past service on the Committee appointed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to review changes to Supreme Court Rules Chapter 20, the Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys. Dean is a member of the ABA’s Center for Professional Responsibility and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers. He is a graduate of Marquette University Law School. 

10:00 - 10:50 am: What is Indian Country?, Honorable Gwendolyn Topping - Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
This session will focus on treaty history and how it has brought tribal courts to where they are today. 

Honorable Gwendolyn Topping is an Associate Judge with the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, also an enrolled member.  She has been on the bench for five years; currently serves as the President of the Wisconsin Tribal Judges Association.  She has a B.S. in Broadfield Social Studies and an Associate’s Degree in Human Services.  Bringing a Healing to Wellness Court program to Red Cliff has been her goal since taking the bench.  With the Housing Stability Court program, the Tribe has gone above and beyond expectations in use of the Wellness Court Model.   

11:00 am - 12:15 pm: Practicing in Tribal Court, Wisconsin Judicare Indian Law Office - Director Doug Twait, Attorney Carolyn Salutz, and Attorney Jordan Winquist
This session will cover the ins and outs of practicing in Wisconsin’s tribal courts, including: the tribal courts in Wisconsin & their jurisdiction, the laws applied in tribal courts, the practices/customs of tribal courts to keep in mind, and more.  
ILO Director Doug Twait is a 1988 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School (Go Gophers!). His first job out of law school was with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians working as their Commissioner of Corporate Affairs.  The Mille Lacs Band Corporate Commission is an Instrumentality of Tribal Government charged with pursuing business and economic development opportunities for the benefit of the Band and its Members.   

Attorney Twait’s time at Mille Lacs coincided with the origins of gaming compacts under the then recently enacted Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.  As an appointed official of the Mille Lacs Tribal government, Attorney Twait was responsible for negotiating gaming compacts with the State of Minnesota on behalf of the Band and to direct founding and operation of the Band’s two gaming / resort business establishments.   

While there, Attorney Twait and the Band were able to turn those businesses into employment assets for Band members and other residents of rural Minnesota where quality jobs were hard to create.  For Band members, they created avenues of upward mobility within those businesses to allow Band members to progress to the highest levels of executive positions within those businesses.  This facilitated a transition from outside management to Tribal self- management of these two businesses.  They also completed a bond issue whereby we utilized the cash flow of the businesses to borrow sufficient money from institutional investors to construct a grade school and high school, a new state of the art clinic, a government center and water tower water treatment center.  This allowed the Band’s elected leadership to demonstrate that income from Band owned businesses could rapidly be converted to permanent community infrastructural improvements. 

After leaving Mille Lacs, Attorney Twait worked for many years as a Partner of a small law firm serving Indian Tribes and those wishing to conduct business with Indian Tribes on a wide range of matters, focusing on helping Tribes to develop legal infrastructure to facilitate business development within Indian Country and effective regulation of those businesses.   

Most recently, he has been a solo attorney working in the Wausau area doing much criminal public defender work and in assisting distressed small business clients negotiating settlement agreements with their creditors. 
Attorney Carolyn Salutz joined Wisconsin Judicare in July 2020 as a Staff Attorney in the Indian Law Office. Her work focuses on direct representation of tribal members in tribal courts on a variety of Indian law matters including family, criminal defense, elder outreach, and estate planning. She is admitted to practice in five tribal courts in Wisconsin. Carolyn will also start providing back-up support to the Tribal Benefit Specialists and represent Wisconsin Judicare in several inter-tribal agencies like the Wisconsin Tribal Judges Association, Wisconsin Tribal Court Clerks Association, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, and Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission. She graduated cum laude from Marquette University Law school in 2020 and received a certificate in Litigation. During law school she interned with the State Public Defender felony trial division in Milwaukee and the Indian Law office of Wisconsin Judicare. 


Attorney Jordan Winquist joined Wisconsin Judicare in September 2021. He is excited to work with the Indian Law Office on a variety of Indian law matters including family, criminal defense, employment, elder outreach, and estate planning and probate. An activist-lawyer, he previously practiced immigration (deportations) at a general practice near Philadelphia and is current chair of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) Environmental Human Rights Committee. He feels privileged to have lived at least a month in a half-dozen countries in the Western Hemisphere, and he speaks Spanish and (conversational) French. He went to law school at Temple University in Philadelphia and undergrad at McGill University with a major in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy. 

Thursday, November 18th: 
9:00 - 9:50 am: Defenses to Eviction, Attorney Kristin Slonski - Wisconsin Judicare, Inc.
This session will provide an overview of defenses to eviction. 

Kristin Slonski joined Judicare in July 2018 in the newly created position of Litigation Director.  Most recently prior, Kristin was an attorney at Daubert Law Firm, LLC in Wausau, serving the litigation needs of the firm’s clients. Before that, the focus of her work was small business law at Ruffi Law Offices in Wausau. Kristin also served as adjunct faculty at University of Wisconsin, Steven’s Point, teaching introduction to law classes.  Before moving to Wisconsin to be closer to family, Kristin served for two years as a judicial clerk for the Honorable J. Phil Gilbert, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois. Kristin graduated summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2007.  While there, she published three scholarly articles and earned numerous awards, including the prestigious Women’s Bar Foundation 40th Anniversary Past Recipients Scholarship. Before entering law school, Kristin served as an Arabic translator in the United States Army, Active Duty.  Kristin graduated from the Defense Language Institute, Foreign Language Center with a proficiency certificate in Arabic.  She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.  Kristin is actively engaged in the community, serving as a volunteer with the Wausau school district and Junior Achievement, and teaching fitness classes at the local YMCA. 
10:00 - 10:50 am: Remote Practice Tips & Tricks, Attorney Amanda Rabe Mayer - Wisconsin Judicare, Inc.
Many practitioners have been moving to work from home or remote work set ups, especially as the pandemic has lingered, which raises new questions about doing so safely and effectively. This presentation will discuss general advice on remote set ups and an overview of ethical issues to watch for as we continue remote work through and after the pandemic. 

Amanda R. Rabe Mayer is the Legal Projects Director with Wisconsin Judicare, Inc. in Wausau, Wisconsin, where she manages the Victim Rights Project, Elder Law Project, and the family law group. Her practice focuses on work with victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault in a variety of areas, including family law, crime victim rights, and public benefits. Amanda also supervises Judicare outreach at a domestic abuse shelter. Amanda previously served as chair of the Public Interest Law Section and continues to serve on that Board. Before coming to Judicare, Amanda worked at a non-profit in Milwaukee with a focus on family law for low-income and indigent individuals. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy from Michigan State University and her law degree from Marquette University Law School. 
11:00 am - 12:15 pm: Trauma in the Legal System, Katelyn Wonderlin - Bolton Refuge House
This session will focus on how trauma manifests in the legal system and how attorneys can best support survivor clients through that process.
Katelyn Wonderlin is the Mobile Sexual Assault Victim Advocate for Bolton Refuge House in Eau Claire, WI. Her role is to work with community organizations, collaborative partners, and survivors of sexual violence to address the realities of sexual assault in our community. The "mobile” part of her position is unique in that it addresses many facets of sexual violence and how it impacts survivors. She is able to travel to physically meet survivors where they feel most comfortable. Katelyn also represents Bolton Refuge House in working with survivors of trauma in the Treatment Courts. Part of her advocacy is also dedicated to the Children’s Program where she integrates violence prevention strategies in fun, accessible activities. This past year she helped in designing and implementing a summer camp for children who have experienced trauma. Finally, Katelyn also serves as the LGBTQ+ advocate at Bolton Refuge House. This role entails doing in-person advocacy at the Chippewa Valley LGBTQ+ Center once a week, facilitating the Teen Hangout group for queer and questioning teens, educating staff and community organizations, and much more.
Register for the virtual CLE here.

Already registered, but you need to pay? Pay online here or mail a check to Wisconsin Judicare, Inc. at PO Box 6100, Wausau, WI 54402-6100.
Have questions about the CLE? Email Megan Lee at mlee@judicare.org.