Building a better system

Learn about LIFT Dane’s plan to use technology to help people tune up their civil legal issues to improve their financial health.

Learn More
THE PROBLEM
Approx. 70,000 Dane County residents have civil legal problems that cause financial instability and reduce earnings.
About Us
  • LIFT Dane is a joint venture created by several local non-profit organizations to help increase economic prosperity and social justice for Dane County residents by removing legal barriers.  
  • Our comprehensive services include free legal help for removing eligible criminal records and dismissed eviction records, as well as assisting with driver’s license reinstatement, employment and training, child support issues, and healthcare debt problems.
  • LIFT Dane is a unique organization, creating innovative technology with our new web-based Legal Tune Up app, and currently hosting virtual clinics where our volunteer attorneys resolve clients’ civil legal problems.
The Problems: What Needs to be Addressed
Approximately 70,000 Dane County residents have civil legal problems.
Unresolved legal issues can cause financial instability and reduce earnings, primarily affecting low-income people of color and women.
 
Removing eligible criminal records and dismissed eviction cases can protect you and your family.
Outdated or incorrect arrest or eviction information on the State of Wisconsin’s online record system – the Consolidated Court Automation Programs (CCAP), can allow landlords and employers to discriminate against people based on inaccurate information.

More than 250,000 Wisconsin driver’s licenses are suspended each year.
The loss of a driver’s license can prevent people from getting to their jobs, looking for new employment opportunities outside the metro transit system, taking their children to school or daycare, and getting proper medical attention.

Without legal help, many people do not know their problems are legal problems with legal solutions.
Most low-income people who do go to court are not represented by an attorney, and may well lack the ability to navigate the legal system (which was set up for lawyers).

The LIFT Dane Solutions
Driver’s License Legal Clinics
LIFT Dane is currently scheduling private video or phone conferences for people to receive free legal advice from an attorney regarding driver’s license reinstatement or other suspension issues.

Legal Tune Up App
LIFT Dane has launched its first two features within the Legal Tune Up app: the removal of eligible criminal records and the removal of previously dismissed eviction records from the State of Wisconsin’s online files – the Consolidated Court Automation Programs (CCAP).

Increased Access to Justice
LIFT Dane’s solutions will significantly increase access to justice, and improve the systems that have created and entrenched racial and social legal inequities across our communities.