Assigned Counsel Division (ACD) 
ACD, located in the central administrative office in Madison, is responsible for contracting with outside counsel to represent eligible clients. Attorneys wishing to be assigned public defender cases should review the rules for certification, billing, and the Attorney Performance Standards.  The Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office (SPD) is committed to the continuous improvement of our partnership with the private bar.

Juvenile Defense Practice Enhancements
The Juvenile Rural Access to Training and Expertise Project (J-RATE) is funded by a grant awarded to the Wisconsin Office of the State Public Defender by the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).  J-RATE began in October of 2020 and runs through September of 2023.  Over the course of the next couple years, you can expect to see a series of defender and juvenile justice system stakeholder trainings and practice resources from the project.  Further, J-RATE aims to engage private bar across Wisconsin and grow the community of attorneys who represent youth in delinquency proceedings. Please reach out to Project Coordinator, Amanda Butler, with any questions (720) 636-0455.

The State Bar of Wisconsin has more information about J-RATE here: