Edgar Lin fights for the people. He fights tirelessly against systemic injustice. In one instance, he affected change by raising equal protection challenges against policies that discriminated against women, many of whom were victims of human trafficking. Below are some excerpts of Edgar in the news:
UP AND COMING LAWYER AWARD
"Edgar Lin, Assistant State Public Defender in the SPD’s Milwaukee Trial Office, will be honored as a 2014 Up and Coming Lawyer by the Wisconsin Law Journal on September 17. Edgar joined the SPD in July 2011, and he has worked in the agency’s Appleton and Milwaukee Trial Offices. Edgar has earned great respect within the justice system, specifically for his determined advocacy work and his zeal for improving the life circumstances of his clients."
-Press Release by Wisconsin State Public Defender Sept. 16, 2014
EQUAL PROTECTION CHALLENGE
Edgar challenged that Milwaukee women were treated unfairly in these prostitution-related criminal charges because men largely avoided prosecution. He worked diligently with victim advocates, including 5-Stone (Anti-human Trafficking Organization), to help defend his female clients from Milwaukee brought to northern Wisconsin by their traffickers. As noted by the Post Crescent, the prosecution worked with local police to shift focus toward helping prostitutes get out of the business and get a new life.
VAGRANCY LAW SUCCESSFULLY CHALLENGED
When Edgar Lin's handicapped veteran client was criminally charged for "begging", he immediately filed motions challenging Wisconsin's vagrancy law. He contacted legal scholars. professors, and legislative historians to take on the law. He was successful. The Court at the trial level ruled that the statute was unconstitutional on its face, meaning the entire law was invalid. The Attorney General's Office declined to appeal.