Deja Vishny

Work Milwaukee WI 53202 TPI Attendance: July, 1990
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Deja Vishny is an attorney who is a consultant and trainer based in Milwaukee Wisconsin. She specializes in the defense of homicide and false confession cases and has a national reputation as one of the top lawyers in those areas.

She was formerly the Deputy Training Director and head of the statewide homicide practice group at the Wisconsin State Public Defender. She joined the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College in 1998, and lectures at criminal defense and public defender seminars throughout the United States. She is an adjunct professor at Marquette University Law School where she teaches trial advocacy. She has also taught trial skills in India, and was a guest lecturer at a Harvard Law School class, “The American Prosecutor”. Ms. Vishny attended the Reid School on Interrogation and published articles in The Champion and The Wisconsin Defender on cross examining police interrogators. She cochaired the false confession program at the inaugural session of the National Forensic College at Cardozo Law School in June 2014 and has taught at that program for several years.

Ms. Vishny served several terms on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the board of the State Bar of Wisconsin Criminal Law Section and is currently on the Board of Regents of the National Criminal Defense College. She is a of numerous awards from the Wisconsin Criminal Defense Association’s for her acquittals in homicide cases, her contributions to indigent defense in Wisconsin and in 2022 received the William Coffee award for her lifetime of service to the Wisconsin Criminal Defense Bar. Her book, Suppressing Criminal Evidence, is in its fourth edition and is available from James Publishing Company at


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