Gretchen Viney

Director of Lawyering Skills Program; Clinical Professor of Law

Telephone: 608-262-8048
Office: Room 5228, Law School

University of Wyoming, B.A. with Highest Honors, 1974
University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D. with Honors, 1978

Teaching Areas:
Client Interviewing & Counseling
Real Estate Law
Skills Training

Recently Taught Courses
732 Real Estate Transactions I
880 Client Interviewing & Counseling
880 Client Interviewing & Counseling
950 Lawyering Skills: Guardian ad Litem Practice in Wisconsin
950 Lawyering Skills Course


Gretchen Viney, clinical professor, is director of the Lawyering Skills Program (formerly General Practice). She oversees and shares responsibility for the Lawyering Skills Course, a second-semester 8-credit course that introduces students to law practice. Outside the LSC, Professor Viney also teaches Client Interviewing & Counseling, Real Estate Transactions, and Guardian ad Litem Practice.

Professor Viney continues to practice law on a very part-time basis in Baraboo where she is a partner with her husband in the firm of Viney & Viney. She is recognized for her work and expertise as a guardian ad litem for children, elders, and the disabled. Her private practice also includes, or has historically included, mediation, family law, terminations of parental rights and adoptions, and other general civil areas. Professor Viney's publications include a book, Guardianship and Protective Placement for the Elderly in Wisconsin (now in its third edition, co-authored with Maren Beermann '08); "Children as Witnesses in Family Court," Wisconsin Journal of Family Law, Vol. 26, No. 3; "The Impact of Act 130 on Family Court Guardian ad Litem Practice," Wisconsin Journal of Family Law, Vol. 25, No. 2; "Guardianship: Chapter 880" in Guardian ad Litem Handbook; "Guardianship and Protective Placement" in Advising Older Clients and Their Families. She is a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars on the topic of guardian ad litem practice.

Professor Viney is a former Secretary of the State Bar of Wisconsin.  She has been an active member of the Bar for more than thirty years, having served on numerous boards, committees, and divisions. She is currently a member of the Communications Committee. She is also past-President of the Sauk County Bar Association.

Professor Viney is a member of the UW Athletic Board.  She is a long-time season ticket holder in Badger football, men's hockey, and women's hockey.

Gretchen and her husband Joseph Viney (J.D., University of Wisconsin, 1977) have two adult children.   She is active in the First Congregational United Church of Christ of Baraboo.

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