Board of Directors
Wisconsin Justice Initiative
Wisconsin Justice Initiative Action
WJI and WJIA - Attorney Jacqueline Boynton has more than 30 years experience. Her practice concentrates on nonprofit corporate legal issues. Boynton is a community activist interested in progressive political organizing and women’s issues.
WJIA - Joseph J. Czarnezki served as Milwaukee County Clerk from 2008 to 2016. Joe was elected to the Wisconsin Assembly in 1980 and re-elected in 1982, where he served as co-chair of the Joint Audit Committee. In a 1983 special election, Joe was elected to the Wisconsin Senate. He was re-elected in 1984 and 1988. Joe worked for the City of Milwaukee in a number of capacities --deputy director of the Department of Administration, health commissioner, intergovernmental relations director, executive director of the Fire and Police Commission, and budget director.
WJI - Craig Johnson, an attorney with the Milwaukee law firm of Sweet and Associates, has been practicing criminal law for 20 years. He also handles employment and labor law. Johnson is a frequent presenter at continuing legal education seminars.
WJI - Robert Lerner is a retired attorney who specialized in criminal law for 35 years after being a federal prosecutor in the 1960s. He was listed in the Best Lawyers in America for his work.
WJI - Edgar Lin is an attorney at the Public Defenders Office--Milwaukee Trial Division. In 2014, he was named an Up and Coming Lawyer by the Wisconsin Law Journal. In 2016, he ran (and came in second in a four-way race) for the Wisconsin Assembly. Prior to attending the University of Wisconsin Law School, he worked in the financial sector in Hong Kong and Tokyo.
WJIA - Terrence M. Polich is a shareholder of Clifford & Raihala. He specializes in civil litigation, motor vehicle collisions, personal injury, and consumer warranty cases (Lemon Law). Terry’s experience includes cases involving pharmacy errors, nursing home negligence and medical malpractice claims.
WJI - Dean Strang is a shareholder with the Madison law firm of StrangBradley LLC. He previously spent five years as Wisconsin's first federal defender and was a shareholder in two of the state's top criminal defense law firms. Strang has published many articles about the law and is the author of the book, Worse than the Devil: Anarchists, Clarence Darrow, and Justice in a Time of Terror.