Marsha Mansfield

Clinical Professor of Law; Director, Economic Justice Institute; Director, Family Court Assistance Project

Telephone: 608-262-9142
Office: Room 1346, Law School

B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison
J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School

Teaching Areas:
Civil Litigation
Consumer Law
Ethics & Professional Responsibilities
Family Law

Recently Taught Courses
850 Professional Responsibilities
854 Clinical Program: Family Court Assistance Project (FCAP)
854 Clinical Program: Family Court Clinic (FCC)
854 Clinical Program: Family Court Assistance Project (FCAP)/ Family Court Clinic (FCC)
854 Clinical Program: Family Court Assistance Project (FCAP): Restraining Order Clinic
939 SP Family Law: Hanging out a Shingle (Family Law)


Marsha M. Mansfield is the Director of the Economic Justice Institute (EJI), the "civil wing" of the Law School's Frank J. Remington Center. The Institute includes four clinics:  the Consumer Law Clinic, the Neighborhood Law Clinic, the Domestic Violence Immigration Clinic, and the Family Law Clinic. Professor Mansfield directly supervises students in the Family Law Clinic. Through her clinical work, she guides law students as they 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 has taught Professional Responsibility and Pre-Trial Advocacy.

Mansfield spent much of her legal career with Lawton & Cates, S.C., practicing in all aspects of plaintiff's civil litigation, including personal injury and consumer law, as well as in the area of family law. She has been recognized by Madison Magazine as one of the Best Lawyers in the area of Consumer Law. She handled multi-plaintiff consumer litigation throughout Wisconsin, including successful prosecution of a consumer action against a manufacturer of prefabricate housing (Leverance, et al. v. Tri State Homes, Inc.) and has handled lemon law cases against several automobile manufacturers. Currently, Mansfield is of counsel with Lawton & Cates.

Mansfield currently serves 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, WATL, the ABA Litigation Section, and served three terms on the Office of Lawyer Regulation District 9 Committee. She has been on the Advisory Board of the Consumer Law Litigation Clinic at the U.W. Law School for several years.

Recently Mansfield testified before the state legislature's Joint Committee on Finance to advocate for increased civil services funding. Watch a video of her testimony.

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