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June 2018 , Page 14 

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NACDL News: Nation’s Lowest Assigned Counsel Rate: NACDL Argues for Significant Increase in Wisconsin

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ian Nawalinski

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court held a hearing on May 16, 2018, concerning a petition filed last year by the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Wisconsin Association of Justice, and others, requesting that the court raise the hourly pay rate for court-appointed lawyers to $100 per hour. Specifically, petitioners sought to change “the hourly rate of compensation for court-appointed lawyers to $100/hour, indexing that rate to annual cost of living increases, and specifying that the payment of an hourly rate less than the rate set forth in Supreme Court Rule 81.02 for legal services rendered pursuant to appointment by the State Public Defender under Wisconsin Statutes section 977.08 is unreasonable.” As of that date, the set rate for lawyers appointed by the courts under Wisconsin Supreme Court Rule 81.02 was $70 per hour, while the statutory assigned counsel rate set forth in Wisconsin Statute § 977.08 was $40 per hour, the lowest in the nation. It has been the same for m

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