Homicide Practice Group
The Homicide Practice Group (HPG) at the Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office (SPD) was created in 2013 to assist lawyers in representing their homicide clients. The HPG offers technical assistance to both staff and private bar including suggestions for client interviewing, case investigation, working with expert witnesses, pre-trial motion practice, case theory development and trial skills. HPG coordinator Deja Vishny is available to consult with you in your office. Private bar attorneys can also use this service to the extent that this does not create conflicts or violate the rules of professional responsibility.
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Deja Vishny has practiced criminal defense for over 35 years with the SPD. She began her practice in the Racine office and transferred to Milwaukee after four years. In 1990 she became a local office attorney manager in the Milwaukee Trial office and began a training program for that office. In the late 1990's the Milwaukee trial office began a Homicide Practice Group headed by Attorney Vishny and her practice has been concentrated in homicide defense since then. She is also the Deputy Training Director for the agency. Vishny is on the faculty at the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia, and is an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at Marquette University Law School. She has taught at numerous seminars on trial and motion practice throughout the United States and in India and is particularly known for speaking about police interrogation and defending confession cases. She is a faculty member at the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia, and an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at Marquette University Law School. She served two terms on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is currently a Vice Chair of CLE for that organization. She also served several terms on the Board of the Wisconsin State Bar Criminal Law Section. She is the author of several articles in The Wisconsin Defender and The Champion, the magazine of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. IThe Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers presented her with the 2015 David C. Niblack award, given annually to lawyers who make notable contributions to the defense of indigent clients. She is also a three time recipient of WACDL's Hanson award, given to attorneys who obtain acquittals in homicide cases. Her book, Suppressing Criminal Evidence, published by James Publishing Company, will be available as of February 2016.