I am Lisa Rickert, a forensic social worker in Madison, Wisconsin. I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1993, and a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996. I am a Certified Social Worker in the State of Wisconsin, certification number 2212-120 and I have been in private practice since September 1997. I have worked professionally in the Juvenile Justice and Criminal Justice Systems for over 25 years.
I am a member and former President of the Governing Board for the National Alliance of Sentencing Advocates and Mitigation Specialists—formerly known as the National Association of Sentencing Advocates. Since January 2000, after extensive training and mentoring from the Death Penalty Institute, I have worked almost exclusively on death penalty mitigation investigations. In that time, I have worked on 22 capital murder cases. In addition, and as a complement to my practice, I completed training as a Defense-Initiated Victim Outreach Liaison through the Eastern Mennonite University in June 2003.
I strive to do my job with honesty, compassion, and respect for all persons involved in or affected by violent crime. I commit to deliver my services in accordance with the prevailing performance standards and guiding principles of capital mitigation in death penalty cases.
(2008 Supplementary Guidelines)
My private practice includes:
Death Penalty Mitigation:
Explores a defendant’s life history for people, events, and conditions that reveal his or her humanity.
Defense-Initiated Victim Outreach for Capital Cases:
Addresses the needs of crime victims and their families during the legal process by providing a bridge between survivors and the defense attorneys. The service is provided by the defense but guided solely by the needs and concerns of the surviving family members.