Sunshine Supper

ELSA Attorneys Organize, Participate in FREE Sun Prairie Legal Clinic

Free Legal Clinic Starts Tuesday

If you live in the Sun Prairie area and have legal questions, there is now another local resource available.  The Sunshine Supper Legal Clinic will open its doors tonight, September 16, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sunshine Supper (1632 West Main Street, Sun Prairie), to answer your legal questions free of charge.

ELSA Attorneys will be on hand to answer your questions regarding various fields of law, including employment law, family law, immigration law, and landlord-tenant issues.  Individuals whose questions are not fully resolved will be referred to outside resources, including the State Bar’s Lawyer Referral & Information Service, Community Justice, Inc., Legal Action of Wisconsin or the State Public Defender’s Office.

The clinic is the result of months of hard work by ELSA attorney and shareholder Joshua J. Kindkeppel, as detailed in this article from The Star, as well as ELSA attorneys Kathleen Curran and Kevin Henry, and other local practitioners.

Attorney Kindkeppel practices in the areas of business, real estate, employment, and civil litigation.  He was elected and served as president of the Dane County Bar Association in 2012-13, and collaborated with long-time Madison attorney Joseph Melli to create the Joseph A. Melli Mentorship Program to assist young Dane County attorneys. Kindkeppel is also active in the Sun Prairie Rotary Club, and serves on the planning committee for the Sun Prairie Kindness Retreats.

Attorney Curran practices in the areas of family law, estate planning, civil litigation, employment law, and personal injury.

If you cannot make it to tonight’s clinic, it will return on October 21, 2014, and on the third Tuesday of each following month.

Sun Prairie’s Sunshine Supper $5 Family Challenge

For the past three years, the Sun Prairie community has been hosting the Sunshine Supper, which is a free, nutritious dinner open to the public every Monday evening.  The dinner is sponsored and coordinated by a dedicated bunch of volunteers with the assistance of various community groups within Sun Prairie.  Throughout its three year history, the Sunshine Supper has moved from place to place but for a number of reasons has never been able to establish a permanent home . . . until now.

In May 2013, the Sunshine Supper hopes to move into its new, permanent, location in Sunshine Place at 1632 West Main Street.  In order to support its move and help open its doors, the Sunshine Supper is putting on the $5 Family Challenge.  Due to a generous dollar-for-dollar match donation, all donations to the “Open the Doors Campaign” will be doubled, and the Sunshine Supper is encouraging families to make a donation in the amount of $5 or more in order to maximize the dollar-for-dollar match.

It is very easy to participate:

1.  Send your $5 (or more) to Sunshine Place, $5 Family Challenge, 18 Rickel Road, Sun Prairie, WI  53590 or donate online.

2.  Print this challenge sign.

3.  Get a photo of your family with this sign and post it on the Sunshine Supper facebook page.

4.  Post your sign in your front window so that all your friends and neighbors can see that you participated in the challenge.

For more information or to donate online, visit the Sunshine Supper website at

Leadership Sun Prairie

I began my career as a full time attorney with ELSA back in August 2011.  Although I had spent some time in Sun Prairie while in law school at UW, I knew relatively little about the city and its people.  Eager to learn more, I enrolled in the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce’s “Leadership Sun Prairie” course.  The seven-session course is designed to expose participants to various different aspects of life in Sun Prairie, including business and industry, education, government, media and communications, and community health and wellness.  Additionally, each Leadership Sun Prairie class is responsible for completing one community service project.

Our Leadership class is the 15th in the program’s history and we packed a lot into our seven sessions.  We delivered meals with the Meals on Wheels program, volunteered at the Sunshine Supper, wrote letters to Badger Honor Flight honorees, filmed vignettes for the local cable access channel, and helped out in local elementary school classrooms.  For our service project, we organized a night out for 10 local kids to have dinner at a local restaurant and attend a UW men’s basketball game.  With each session, I found myself more and more impressed with not only the abundance of talented people here in Sun Prairie, but also with the strong sense of community that is pervasive throughout the city.

ELSA has a history of involvement with Leadership Sun Prairie.  Three other ELSA team members, Kathy Curran, Connie Birkrem and Eric Ristau, each graduated from the course.  This past fall, Attorney Ristau gave a presentation to our class about the importance of having properly executed power of attorney documents as a part of a comprehensive estate plan.

The Leadership Sun Prairie course has helped confirm what the other members of ELSA have known for a long time; namely, that there’s more to Sun Prairie than meets the eye and that it is a great community in which to have our legal practice..