Keith A. Belzer

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Keith A. Belzer



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Keith Belzer is a nationally recognized lecturer and teacher on criminal defense issues, trial techniques and strategies.  In addition to his position on the faculty at the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia, and the Wisconsin Trial Skills Academy, Mr. Belzer has lectured or taught criminal defense lawyers in most of the 50 states.  He also has presented to the Israeli National Public Defender, the Puerto Rican CJA Panel and The People’s Republic of China, where Mr. Belzer was the keynote speaker at the first public defender regional training ever held in China.  Mr. Belzer has been named a Wisconsin Super Lawyer by his peers every year since its inception in 2005.  In 2006 Mr. Belzer received one of 12 statewide Leaders in the Law awards from the Wisconsin Law Journal.  Mr. Belzer is also a frequent commentator on national, statewide and local legal issues and has appeared on such nationally syndicated shows as 48 Hours, Good Morning America, Crime Scene Investigation, The O’Reilly Factor and Geraldo at Large.

Mr. Belzer has had the honor and privilege of representing three Wisconsin Innocence Project clients who were ultimately exonerated.  One of these clients, Evan Zimmerman, a man previously falsely convicted and sentenced to life in prison for a homicide that he did not commit, was the subject of a feature length documentary, Facing Life, the Retrial of Evan Zimmerman, which can be seen in syndication on the Arts and Entertainment Network and the History Channel.  Keith has also worked as an actor, director and playwright.  Keith has acted in Illinois, Wisconsin, Vermont and Connecticut.  Plays he has written have been produced in California, Illinois, Connecticut, and Wisconsin.  Prior to law school, Keith co-founded one theater company and managed two others and devoted close to a decade of his life exclusively to the world of theater.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

J.D., 1992, Loyola Law School of Chicago
B.A., 1985, Knox College

Wisconsin Super Lawyer, 2005 to present
Empowering Women Award, YWCA
Friends of New Horizon Award
Leaders in the Law Award, Wisconsin Law Journal

La Crosse County Study Committee on Policing
La Crosse County Board of Supervisors
La Crosse County Criminal Justice Management Council
La Crosse Juvenile Justice Arrest and Disproportionate Minority Contact Interagency Task Force
La Crosse County Drug Treatment Court Advisory Board
La Crosse County OWI Treatment Court Advisory Board
High School Mock Trial Coach — La Crosse Logan and Melrose-Mindoro