Expanding access to civil legal services in Wisconsin.

WisTAF

OUR MISSION

The Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation Inc. (WisTAF) is dedicated to equal access to the civil justice system, funding legal services for low-income persons through the fair and effective administration of Interest On Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA), Public Interest Legal Services Fund (PILSF), and other sources.

Funding

Grant funds administered by WisTAF currently come from two main sources: the Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program and the Public Interest Legal Services Fund (PILSF) program. The IOLTA and PILSF programs were established by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to make Wisconsin’s justice system accessible to all, regardless of income. The IOLTA program is supported by participating financial institutions across the state, while all practicing Wisconsin attorneys and judicial members support the PILSF program with an annual contribution.

For the first time in history, the Wisconsin legislature included $1,958,600 for low-income civil legal services, to be administered by WisTAF, in its 2007-2009 budget. This amount was increased to $2,546,100 million annually in its 2009-2011 budget in an attempt to help fill the void in state funding for civil legal services. In its 2011-2013 budget, however, state funding for civil legal services were eliminated.

While WisTAF's funding is significant, it falls short in addressing the justice gap that exists for Wisconsin’s low-income population. Wisconsin is now one of only four states in the nation that does not provide funding to help victims of domestic violence, people with disabilities, seniors and other vulnerable individuals and families gain access to civil legal assistance.

UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS
WHAT'S NEW
2017 Direct Legal Services Grantee Mid-Year Report Materials Now Available
Now Available: WisTAF 2018 Direct Legal Services Grant Application Materials
WisTAF 2016-17 DVSA Civil Legal Services State Appropriation Grant Annual Report Materials Now Available
Newly released study shows US falls short in its pledge of allegiance promise of "liberty and justice for all."
Legal Services Corporation confident in Congressional bipartisan support despite Trump administration's budget proposal

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PRIME PARTNER SPOTLIGHT

A Prime Partner member of the Wisconsin IOLTA program since 2010, Mound City Bank strives to be the most admired community bank in the State of Wisconsin. Mound City Bank goes above and beyond IOLTA participation requirements by paying additional interest on its clients' IOLTA accounts - helping to expand access to civil legal services in Wisconsin.


Contact us
WisTAF
825 Williamson Street, Suite A, Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608.257.6845 or 877.749.5045 (toll-free)
Fax: 608.257.2684
Email: service@wistaf.org

Board & Staff
WisTAF
Board of Directors
WisTAF
De Ette Tomlinson, Executive Director
WisTAF
Rebecca Murray, Program Manager
WisTAF
Tehmina Islam, Program Assistant

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