WisTAF

OUR MISSION

The Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation works with civil legal aid organizations in Wisconsin to increase access to justice. We oversee funds and invest in services and projects to help people resolve legal problems.

What is IOLTA?

IOLTA is the acronym for Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts. It is a program which assists in providing civil legal services to those who could not otherwise afford help from an attorney.

WisTAF has granted more than $58 million to agencies that provide civil legal services to Wisconsin’s low income population. From Superior to Milwaukee, funds generated via the Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program have enabled legal service providers to help meet the increasing needs of low income families in the areas of housing, medical care, employment, and domestic abuse, among others. This feat was made possible through the dedicated partnership between Wisconsin’s bankers and lawyers.

The commitment of financial institutions to the communities they serve is reflected in their participation in the IOLTA program. In addition to paying competitive interest rates on lawyers’ trust accounts, many financial institutions have chosen to waive fees on IOLTA accounts, resulting in a direct increase in the dollars available to help fund legal services.

Chapter 13 of the Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules (Interest on Trust Accounts Program and Public Interest Legal Services Fund) and the Wisconsin Supreme Court Rule 20:1.15 pertain to the operation of the Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation. Both rules can be found on the Wisconsin Supreme Court website. 

UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS
January 13, 2023
Board & Staff Racial Justice Workgroup meeting
February 24, 2023
Executive Committee Teleconference
March 3, 2023
Board & Staff Racial Justice Workgroup meeting
March 10, 2023
WisTAF Board Meeting
May 9, 2023
Grants & Evaluation Committee Meeting
May 31, 2023
Executive Committee Teleconference
June 14, 2023
WisTAF Board Meeting
August 23, 2023
Finance Committee Meeting
September 12, 2023
Grants & Evaluation Committee Meeting
September 27, 2023
Executive Committee Teleconference
October 11, 2023
WisTAF Board Meeting
WHAT'S NEW
WisTAF announces $7.4 million in COVID-related grant awards
WisTAF disburses legal assistance for Afghan evacuees
Now Available: COVID-19 Civil Legal Services Grant Application materials
Now Available: WisTAF 2023 Direct Legal Services Grant Application materials
WisTAF awards $450,000 in Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Legal Assistance Grants

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PRIME PARTNER SPOTLIGHT

A Prime Partner since 2020, Bank of Sun Prairie 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. Bank of Sun Prairie's participation reflects an admirable commitment to justice for all in Wisconsin.


Contact us
WisTAF
4600 American Parkway, Suite 104, Madison, WI 53718
Phone: 608.257.6845 or 877.749.5045 (toll-free)
Email: service@wistaf.org

Board & Staff
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Board of Directors
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Rebecca Murray, Executive Director
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Tehmina Islam, IOLTA Program/Office Manager
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Benson Gardner, Communications and Development Manager
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