Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tempelis leads Milwaukee County domestic violence unit


Peter Tempelis

Peter Tempelis, 2006, is interim head of the Domestic Violence Unit of the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office. He had previously served as a felony and chronic offender domestic violence prosecutor in Milwaukee. "In my new role, I am responsible for supervising 10 prosecutors appearing before three specialized DV courts and will continue to handle felony and chronic offender cases," Tempelis says.

He was elected in 2011 to the executive board of the Wisconsin District Attorneys' Association, which has been addressing assistant district attorney turnover, among other issues, in Wisconsin's criminal justice system.

Tempelis, 2002 La Follette alum Melinda Tempelis and other district attorneys met with professor Dennis Dresang in 2010 to discuss an independent study relating to ADA retention in Wisconsin. Melinda Tempelis, Peter's sister, is deputy district attorney for Wisconsin's Outagamie County.

Dresang and three graduate students published the findings and recommendations of their study, "Public Safety and Assistant District Attorney Staffing in Wisconsin," which found high and rising ADA turnover attributed to an ineffective compensation system. That study formed the basis for a bill that would create a pay progression system for prosecutors. In addition to Dresang, the authors are La Follette School alum Jerrett Jones, a doctoral student in the University of Wisconsin–Madison's Department of Sociology, and second-year students Alex Marach and Hilary J. Waukau.

This article appears in the spring 2012 La Follette Notes newsletter for alumni and friends.