Being a Civil Law Attorney – Fighting for Justice for All - View the video

Heidi Wegleitner

Presenter
Heidi Wegleitner
Attorney
Legal Action of Wisconsin

Location:
31 South Mills Street
Madison, WI 53715

Career Clusters / Help Topics:

  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security

Biography:
Heidi Wegleitner is an attorney with Legal Action of Wisconsin, a non-profit law firm that provides free legal services to low-income people. The firm focuses on cases and legal concerns surrounding basic human needs: food, shelter, health care and personal safety. Heidi provides representation to low income clients in housing matters, with a focus on eviction defense and obtaining and maintaining subsidized housing benefits. She is bargaining unit co-chair for the United Legal Workers (which represents workers at Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc.’s Madison office, and is affiliated with the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW 2320). Heidi also serves on the Board of the Public Interest Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin. She is a former Board President of the Tenant Resource Center, a former Steering Committee member of the Emerson East Neighborhood Association, and former member of the Madison Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. Heidi serves as the Housing Task Force Chair for Progressive Dane and is an active member of the Madison Affordable Housing Action Alliance. She is also a current Dane County Board Supervisor where she also advocates for fair housing policy and homelessness issues. Heidi received her B.A. from UW-Madison in 2001, where she played four years of varsity women’s soccer, double majored in Political Science and Women’s Studies, and obtained a certificate in American Indian Studies. Heidi received her J.D. from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2005 where she won the Dean’s Award for Jurisprudence and represented immigrants in removal proceedings as a clinical legal services student.

Description:
People often think of attorneys as those who make the big bucks and drive fancy cars. But for lawyers who fight for equal justice for low-income people, the rewards are not measured in dollars. Heidi Wegleitner is a staff attorney with Legal Action of Wisconsin, a law firm that provides free legal services in civil law cases surrounding basic needs such as food, housing and health care. Heidi shares her insight and passion for the work she does helping people in need as they face eviction from their homes or other basic living crises.(Running Time 24:33)