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Legal Help for Appeal

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FILE YOUR APPEAL - If you disagree with the Unemployment Insurance determination, YOU must file an appeal. Follow the instructions on the back of the determination for filing an appeal. File your appeal before you start to look for legal assistance.

The Legal Action of Wisconsin, Unemployment Compensation Appeals Clinic, and Judicare Legal Aid offer this free legal help:

  • Legal Action of Wisconsin provides volunteer attorneys, if available. Advice is given free but will not be given over the phone. Certain eligibility requirements need to be met before being accepted. Offices in Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Oshkosh and Racine.

  • Unemployment Compensation Appeals Clinic provides a trained law student who will evaluate your case. Attorneys supervise the law student but will not represent you at the hearing. Not all cases are accepted. If your case is accepted, the law student will represent you at the hearing. There is no fee for services provided by the Clinic. However, you may have to pay to subpoena witnesses, if they are necessary.

  • Judicare Legal Aid provides legal representation to low-income individuals living in one of the 33 northern counties of Wisconsin. Legal services are free of charge, but certain eligibility requirements must be met before a case is accepted.

AFTER YOU FILE YOUR APPEAL, make an appointment:

Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Oshkosh and Racine:
Call the Legal Action of Wisconsin Intake Line 855-947-2529. The Intake Line is open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

All of Wisconsin:
To schedule an appointment with the Unemployment Compensation Appeals Clinic , call United Way at 211 or 608-246-HELP (4357). All appointments, whether by phone call or in-person at the Labor Temple in Madison, are scheduled for Monday evenings from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

33 Northern Counties of Wisconsin:
Call Judicare Legal Aid at at 715-842-1681 or 800-472-1638 Toll Free. Office hours are Monday thru Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. You can also apply online at

Please have all of your paperwork with you at the time of your appointment.

Publication Number: UCL-8289-P

Legal Action of Wisconsin, Unemployment Compensation Appeals Clinic, and Judicare Legal Aid do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, sex or other factors not relevant to eligibility for unemployment benefits.

Updated: December 2023