Pro bono legal representation is needed for students facing expulsion from school


What is StEPP?
StEPP is a pilot project designed to address the need for quality legal representation for
children in the MMSD facing expulsion. The State Public Defender’s Office does not have
jurisdiction in such cases, so pro bono representation is needed.
Why is StEPP needed?
During the 20122013
school year, 146 students were recommended for expulsion; 28
students had an expulsion hearing of which 2 students were represented by an advocate!
Lowincome
students and students of color are disproportionately impacted by the expulsion
process. Similar programs have achieved success in reducing the amount of time a student is
out of school.
Why participate in StEPP?
● Prevent children from losing their right to education
● Assure due process and fairness in disciplinary hearings
● Gain valuable experience
● Earn FREE CLE credits
How much time will volunteering require?
A minimum of one case per school year, depending on the need, is required. Each case
involves a time commitment of 410
hours spanning approximately 10 days.
How do I become a volunteer?
Experience with expulsion cases is not needed. Please complete the online
volunteer form
at www.wispd.org AND attend a mandatory training on Friday, January 30, 2015 from 8:30
a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the American Family Insurance Headquarters (6000 American Parkway in
Madison). Questions about the expulsion process can be answered by Diane
RondiniHarness
at rondinid@opd.wi.gov.