B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison
J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School;
Tess Meuer is a 1983 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. She is Staff Attorney for the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WCADV), a position she has held since its creation in January of 1995. She teaches "Law and Contemporary Problems: Domestic Violence" at the UW Law School and "Family Issues Workshop: Domestic Violence" at Marquette University Law School.
Ms. Meuer worked for the Wisconsin Department of Justice in the Office of Crime Victim Services from 1991 to 1995. In this position, she staffed the Attorney General's Crime Victims Council and coordinated the compilation and publication of statistics under Wisconsin's mandatory arrest law for publication in the Wisconsin Department of Justice Domestic Abuse Incident Report.
From 1989 to 1991, Ms. Meuer served as the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Equal Justice Task Force, a statewide group appointed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice to investigate gender bias in Wisconsin's legal system. Prior to working with the Task Force, she worked as a legal advocate for battered women at [then] Dane County Advocates for Battered Women, now called Domestic Abuse Intervention Services.
Ms. Meuer is a frequent lecturer and instructor on legal issues affecting victims of domestic violence. She is the author of the chapter "Domestic Abuse" published by the State Bar of Wisconsin in their Lawyer's Desk Reference since 1997. She is co-author of the article "Effects of Domestic Abuse on Child Witnesses," published in the 1997 Wiley Family Law Update; co-author of the Legal Manual for Sexual Assault Advocates, published by the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault in 1994; and coordinator of the Legal Manual for Wisconsin Domestic Violence Programs published by the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 1998. In addition, she has written articles on domestic violence in later life for the Wisconsin Lawyer and the national Elder Law Journal. In 2000, she wrote the chapter "Domestic Violence" published in the National Victim Assistance Academy workbook.
Ms. Meuer serves on the Gender Equity Committee of the State Bar of Wisconsin, and served on the State Bar's Commission on Violence, appointed by State Bar Past-President David Saichek, a position for which she received a State Bar President's Award of Excellence in June 1997. She is also a member of the Wisconsin Supreme Court's Gender Neutrality Committee.