Know Your Madisonian: Kelli Thompson Talks About Criminal Justice And Works In A Play Like Her Father | Local news


Thompson and her husband Chris Iglar, who works in communications at American Family Insurance, have three daughters. Sophie, 22, is a senior at UW-Madison; Ellie, 18, is in first year at UW-La Crosse; and Maggie, 13, is in eighth grade at St. James Catholic School.

For nearly 12 years, they lived in Richmond Hills on the Far East Side of Madison, between Cottage Grove and Buckeye Roads, a block and a half from his parents.

They have three dogs, all rescued, and two guinea pigs. “It’s a packed house,” Thompson said, noting that her husband says she can’t bring any other animals home. “He knows I will,” she said. “I mean, it’s just a matter of time.”

Why not start by telling me about the importance of this agency and why you are doing this work.

I think this agency is critically important because we provide representation to people who, without us, could not afford a lawyer. Obviously we see on TV people getting the rights to Miranda, you know, if you can’t afford one, one will be appointed for you. It is so important. The criminal justice system is complicated. there is no doubt. And I think it got more complicated. It’s definitely more complicated than when I first started practicing law and (you can’t) have people who don’t have that legal expertise to try to represent themselves when they are considering losing. their freedom. They are considering losing their property. They plan to lose their children. It is extremely important to have this person next to them, defending their freedom, their due process rights, their constitutional rights.


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