Karyn has been employed at the ACLU of Wisconsin since October 2001.  

"I care about all ACLU issues and have directly worked on most of them! During my time here, I’ve worked on issues including voting rights, police misconduct, transportation and environmental justice, fair housing, educational equity, immigrants’ rights, language access, and free speech for homeless persons"

As Senior Staff Attorney, Karyn investigates, advocates, litigates and negotiates civil rights issues affecting communities of color, persons with disabilities, and low-income communities.  She thrives in a busy, bustling work ecosystem and balances being available to others while staying focused and prioritizing complex cases.

In 1986, Karyn became a University of Wisconsin Law School graduate. Before joining the ACLU of Wisconsin, she worked in legal services organizations in Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin, assisting clients including migrant farm workers, senior citizens, and public assistance recipients.

Karyn has been honored to receive awards from allies including Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH), the Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP, the John Muir Chapter of the Sierra Club, and the Public Interest Law Section of the state bar.

Some of the cases, blogs, interviews and other media regarding Karyn Rotker:

All schools need to protect students from harassment (November 2018)

Yes, there is student speech that is protected by the First Amendment But allowing students to speak doesn’t mean that speech can or should go unchallenged, and schools cannot use the First Amendment as an excuse to ignore the real harm of such hateful actions. 

Collins et al v. The City of Milwaukee et al (July 2018)

Appeals court yet to rule on Wisconsin voter ID and other election laws after 16 months (May 2018)

Following Class Action Civil Rights Lawsuit, Wisconsin Legislature to Close Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake (March 2018)

Ruthelle Frank, ACLU Plaintiff, Friend, and Voting Rights Champion, Passes Away at 89 (June 2017)

Collins v. City of Milwaukee (February 2017)

A War Worth Fighting: Voucher Schools & Students with Disabilities  (July 2014)


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