The Wisconsin Supreme Court created the Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program in 1986, as part of an international movement in the legal community, which started in the state of Florida.
The Court established the Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation (WisTAF) to "aid in the administration of justice" by administering IOLTA in Wisconsin. For the first time, funds generated by a certain type of attorney trust account in Wisconsin automatically went toward grants for civil legal aid.
Our state continues to work to make justice more universal by creating other sources of support for civil legal aid, including WisTAF's current fund sources.
Over WisTAF's lifetime, we have overseen funding and administered grants totaling tens of millions of dollars to help people who can't afford to pay for attorneys nonetheless achieve fair resolutions to legal problems.