Gretchen Viney

Director of Lawyering Skills Program; Distinguished Clinical Professor of Law

Viney, Gretchen

Room 5228, Law School


University of Wyoming, B.A. with Highest Honors, 1974
University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D. with Honors, 1978


Gretchen Viney, distinguished clinical professor, is director of the Lawyering Skills Program (formerly General Practice). She oversees and shares responsibility for the Lawyering Skills Course, a second-semester 8-credit course that introduces students to law practice. Outside the LSC, Professor Viney also teaches Client Interviewing & Counseling, Real Estate Transactions, and Guardian ad Litem Practice.

Since arriving at the law school in 1997, through 2017, Professor Viney practiced law on a part-time basis in Baraboo where she was a partner with her husband in the firm of Viney & Viney. She is recognized for her work and expertise as a guardian ad litem for children, elders, and the disabled. Her private practice also historically included mediation, family law, terminations of parental rights and adoptions, and other general civil areas. Professor Viney's publications include a book, Guardianship and Protective Placement for the Elderly in Wisconsin (now in its fourth edition, co-authored with Maren Beermann '08); "Children as Witnesses in Family Court," Wisconsin Journal of Family Law, Vol. 26, No. 3; "The Impact of Act 130 on Family Court Guardian ad Litem Practice," Wisconsin Journal of Family Law, Vol. 25, No. 2; "Guardianship: Chapter 880" in Guardian ad Litem Handbook; "Guardianship and Protective Placement" in Advising Older Clients and Their Families. She is a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars on the topic of guardian ad litem practice.

Professor Viney is a former secretary of the State Bar of Wisconsin.  She has been an active member of the Bar since admission to practice in 1978, having served on numerous boards, committees, and divisions. She is currently a member of the Communications Committee. She is also past-President of the Sauk County Bar Association.

Professor Viney is a member of the UW Athletic Board.  She is a long-time season ticket holder in Badger football, men's hockey, and women's hockey.

Gretchen and her husband Joseph Viney (J.D., University of Wisconsin, 1977) have two adult children.   She is active in the First Congregational United Church of Christ of Baraboo.


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  • Client Interviewing & Counseling
  • Real Estate Law
  • Skills Training

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