“Law Should be a Force to IMPROVE the Lives of ALL People”

LAW SHOULD BE A FORCE TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF ALL PEOPLE


Mission: ACS works for positive change by shaping debate on vitally important legal and constitutional issues through development and promotion of high-impact ideas to opinion leaders and the media; by building networks of lawyers, law students, judges and policymakers dedicated to those ideas; and by countering the activist conservative legal movement that has sought to erode our enduring constitutional values.

Officers:

Neal Fitzgerald, President, nfitzgerald@wisc.edu
Samuel Mitchell, Vice President, smmitchell2@wisc.edu
Molly Stacy, Treasurer, mcstacy@wisc.edu
Dan Tombasco, Membership Chair, tombasco@wisc.edu
Olivia Mote, Career Development and Networking Chair, omote@wisc.edu
David Hollander,  Secretary, dhollander2@wisc.edu
Matt Coker, 1L Representative, mcoker2@wisc.edu

Contact: Neal Fitzgerald or  Sam Mitchell

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Pro Bono Opportunity: Ready 2 Rent

New Opportunity for 1Ls, 2Ls, & 3Ls!

Ready 2 Rent is a program that educates institutionalized persons about the ins and outs of renting an apartment after conviction. The program covers everything from rental applications and evictions. Lessons take place once a week with 2-3 students leading each session.

Why is this program important? Because Wisconsin law allows landlords to discriminate against applicants with any criminal history (even if the crime has no relationship to their tenancy). There used to be limited protections in place, but the laws were removed in 2011. Because people with criminal backgrounds have difficulty finding apartments in the first place, they are often taken advantage of by landlords who know they will be unable to find another place to live.

In the past, the UW’s Neighborhood Law Clinic has had students present each session with the assistance of the Madison Area Urban Ministry. This is a great opportunity to educate yourself and others about landlord/tenant law. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask!

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