Distinguished Clinical Professor of Law; Director, Economic Justice Institute; Director, Family Court Assistance Project
B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison
J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School
Ethics & Professional Responsibilities
Professor Mansfield's research interests are focused on access to justice issues, particularly as they impact self- represented litigants in the family law system.
Marsha M. Mansfield is the Director of the Economic Justice Institute (EJI), home to the Law School's civil legal clinics: the Consumer Law Clinic, Family Court Clinic, Immigrant Justice Clinic, and Neighborhood Law Clinic. Professor Mansfield directly supervises students in the Family Court Clinic. Under her guidance, law students develop their lawyering skills through representation of and assistance to the underserved in Dane County while learning about the challenges faced by their clients and considering how they, as lawyers, might be most effective in their role as the lawyer. She also teaches Professional Responsibility.
Mansfield served two terms on Wisconsin's Access to Justice Commission. She was President of the Dane County Bar Association in 2005 as well as Chair of the DCBA Delivery of Legal Services Committee. She has presented seminars on both ethics and family law topics and trained attorneys for Legal Action's Volunteer Lawyer's Project. She served for two terms on the State Bar's Board of Governors and associated committees. She is a member of the Family Law and Litigation Sections, the ABA Family Law Section, and served three terms on the Office of Lawyer Regulation District 9 Committee. She was appointed Reporter for the Office of Lawyer Regulation Procedures Review Committee by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2016. She served on the Advisory Board of the Consumer Law Litigation Clinic at the U.W. Law School and helped create the U.W. Law School's Pro Bono Project. Mansfield is also of-counsel to the Hawks Quindel Law Firm in Madison, WI.
Scholarship: "Litigants Without Lawyers," 67 Hastings Law Rev. 1389-426 (2016). "New Roles to Solve Old Problems: Lawyering for People in Today's Context," 56 N.Y.L.S.L. Rev. 367 (2011/12), "Wisconsin's Individual-at-Risk Restraining Order: An Analysis of the First Thirty Months," 8 Elder L.J. 247 (2011), "Keeping the Promise of Equal Justice," Wisconsin Lawyer, (Vol. 83, No. 4, April 2010). and, "Using Family Law to Obtain Immigration Relief for Minors," Clearinghouse Review On-Line (http://povertylaw.org/communication/advocacy-stories/mansfield (2014).