Jeffrey Mandell

Jeffrey Mandell

Jeff Mandell is a partner at Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, and co-chair of the firm's Election and Political Law group, as well as its Appellate groups. Jeff is also the President and Lead Counsel of Law Forward, a nonprofit, nonpartisan impact-litigation organization focused on protecting and advancing democracy in Wisconsin. The views expressed here are his own and don't represent those of his firm or its clients.

The Capitol lit up on a late December afternoon with snow in winter

We must hold Wisconsin’s fraudulent electors accountable

By: - January 6, 2022

I remember last Jan. 6 distinctly. It dawned as a day of optimism. I had spent the past two months, as special counsel for Gov. Tony Evers, working around the clock with a phenomenal team to protect the results of Wisconsin’s presidential election. We fought off nearly a dozen lawsuits, in state and federal courts, […]

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

Justice Ginsburg’s seat must not be filled before Inauguration Day

By: and - September 25, 2020

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death last Friday left a massive void on the United States Supreme Court. President Trump and the United States Senate must wait to fill that void. Although the President and Senate should follow the precedent set by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Republican colleagues in 2016, when they refused […]

Attorney General Josh Kaul speaks with reporters outside the Supreme Court (photo by Ruth Conniff)

Federal appeals court checks the legislature’s expanding power 

By: and - November 19, 2019

Who speaks for the State of Wisconsin in court? Until recently, the answer has always been the Attorney General. Wisconsin voters elect a chief legal officer every four years. Absent extenuating circumstances, the AG represents the state, its officials, and its departments, agencies, commissions, and councils. When the governor or another executive branch official is […]

Wisconsin Supreme Court

Wisconsin Supreme Court quietly stripped constitutional authority from circuit courts

By: - October 21, 2019

The Wisconsin Constitution defines the powers of our state courts. It provides that every circuit court has the power to adjudicate “all matters civil and criminal” and “may issue all writs necessary in aid of its jurisdiction.” This is legalese for a simple proposition: our county trial courts are the primary forum to resolve disputes, […]

Wisconsin Constitution

Partial veto is a deliberate check on legislative power

By: and - August 29, 2019

Since 1930, the Wisconsin Constitution has authorized our governors to veto portions of bills that appropriate funds. This broad authority has given all of our modern governors greater power within the legislative process than the President of the United States or other governors have. (Several states allow vetoes of individual line-item appropriations, but few grant […]