Deputy Training Director and Homicide Practice Group Coordinator, Wisconsin State Public Defender (Milwaukee WI)

Deja Vishny is an attorney who practices with the Wisconsin State Public Defender Office in Milwaukee Wisconsin. She is the head of the statewide homicide practice group, and the Deputy Training Director for the Wisconsin State Public Defender. She joined the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon Georgia in 1998 and lectures at criminal defense and public defender seminars throughout the United States. She is an adjunct professor at Marquette University Law School where she teaches trial advocacy. She has also taught trial skills in India, and was a guest lecturer at a Harvard Law School class, “The American Prosecutor”. Ms. Vishny attended the Reid School on Interrogation and published articles in The Champion and The Wisconsin Defender on cross examining police interrogators. She co-chaired the false confession program at the inaugural session of the National Forensic College at Cardozo Law School in June 20Ms. Vishny is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and previously served on the board of the State Bar of Wisconsin Criminal Law Section. She is a 2015 recipient of the David Niblack award by the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, which recognizes outstanding contributions to indigent defense in Wisconsin. Her most recent article in The Champion is “Is it really a Homicide: Working with and Crossing the Pathologist in a Gunshot case”. She is the author of Suppressing Criminal Evidence, published by James Publishing Company in 2016; the book is available for purchase at defenders may use discount code SCE30PD at checkout to receive a 30% discount off the list price).

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