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Melanie Cairns

Melanie Cairns

Supervising Attorney

Melanie provides technical assistance and supervision to lay ombudsmen for administrative hearing preparation and representation; and supports ombudsmen in their role of providing technical assistance to clients who will be representing themselves.  She also has vast knowledge in SSI/SSDI, landlord/tenant laws, subsidized housing, and food stamp program.

Melanie has been a member of three different teams at Disability Rights Wisconsin. First, she was a law student intern with the Schools and Civil Rights Team. After five years of legal services practice in Northern Illinois with a primarily focus on housing, public benefits and family law, she returned to DRW as a staff attorney on the Disability Benefits Specialist team. In January of 2016, she joined the Family Care IRIS Ombudman Program.

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