43rd Annual Criminal Law Conference: Faculty

DANIEL D. BLINKA is a Professor of Law at the Marquette University Law School.  He has been a member of the faculty since 1985 and before that was an Assistant District Attorney for Milwaukee County.  At Marquette he teaches courses in Evidence, Trial Advocacy, and Criminal Law and Procedure.  Among his many publications is the highly regarded Wisconsin Evidence, which is regularly cited as authority by the Wisconsin appellate courts.  He is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs for judges and lawyers on the subject of evidence law.  Professor Blinka holds both a Juris Doctor degree and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin. 

JASON LUCZAK is a trial and appellate attorney at Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown LLP in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He represents clients in a variety of practice areas, including criminal and white collar defense, administrative and licensing matters, and civil litigation in the state and federal courts, as well as municipal courts and administrative agencies throughout Wisconsin and Illinois. His experience includes trying serious felonies and other charges in state and federal court and briefing and arguing appeals before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Jason is licensed to practice law in Wisconsin and Illinois, as well as before the U.S. District Courts in Wisconsin, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

CRAIG MASTANTUONO is a private practitioner at Mastantuono and Coffee and Thomas, S.C., specializing in the defense of criminal cases in the state and federal courts in Southeastern Wisconsin. He began his career in the Trial Division of the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office, where he specialized in defending drug cases.  Mr. Mastantuono also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Marquette University Law School where he teaches a course in Criminal Litigation. He holds a law degree from DePaul University (1992).

DENNIS MELOWSKI leads the law firm of Melowski and Associates in Sheboygan Wisconsin.  His practice is limited exclusively to drunk driving defense and he has been recognized multiple times as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer in the field of drunk driving defense.  He is a frequent speaker on this topic in Wisconsin and elsewhere in the country.  He is also a co-author of Traffic Law and Practice in Wisconsin (published by the State Bar of Wisconsin).  Mr. Melowski is a 1993 graduate of the Marquette University Law School.

TIMOTHY PIERCE has been Ethics Counsel for the State Bar of Wisconsin since 2004.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.  Mr. Pierce was previously a Deputy Director at the Office of Lawyer Regulation.  He has also been employed as the Ethics Administrator for Milbank, Hadley, Tweed & McCloy, in New York, and as an Assistant State Public Defender in Racine.  He is a frequent speaker on matters of professional ethics and teaches Professional Responsibility at the University of Wisconsin Law School.  

THOMAS REED has been a member of the Milwaukee Trial Office of the Wisconsin State Public Defender since 1982 where he has handled a wide range of criminal cases. He has served as the Regional Attorney Manager since 2000 for an office of approximately sixty attorneys. He is currently the Vice Chair of the Milwaukee County Community Justice Council.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Milwaukee Bar Association (MBA) and is also a member of the MBA Courts Committee. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Milwaukee chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), a member of the Advisory Council of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Research Institute (NRRI), and is a Steering Committee Member of the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force.  In addition to various other bar related and teaching experiences, he has been an adjunct professor of law at The Marquette Law School since 1999.

SARAH SCHMEISER, Stroud Willink & Howard LLC, concentrates on two areas of practice: criminal and traffic defense and immigration law. In the area of criminal and traffic defense, Sarah has defended clients at all levels – from local municipal courts through the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Sarah handles many circuit court trials every year, successfully protecting client interests. Sarah handles all levels of appeal in criminal and traffic cases and has argued several cases in front of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.