Protecting Your Rights: What to Do When Pulled Over in Wisconsin
Jan. 7, 2015 – Traffic stops are the most common contact that people will have with police. Yet many people, including lawyers, don’t fully understand their rights in these circumstances. In this article, Madison attorney Eric Hunt breaks down the basics on traffic stop rights.
West's Jury Verdicts, Bench Decisions, Settlements, and Arbitration Awards
Jan. 7, 2015 – As a service to its members, the State Bar of Wisconsin has entered into an alliance agreement with West, a Thomson Reuters business, to provide award information on Wisconsin civil jury trials, bench trials, settlements, and arbitrations. West's editorial staff selects a few key Wisconsin cases from Westlaw's® West's Jury Verdicts – Wisconsin Reports to highlight in each issue of WisBar InsideTrack.
Link Rot and Lawyers: Preserving Online Citations
Jan. 7, 2015 – We have all had that aggravating experience of clicking on an online link and getting a 404 error message, signaling that the page is no longer there. Link rot, or reference rot, is a serious problem in the legal world, but it can be prevented.
Nominate a Lawyer, Jurist, Law Student or Organization for Their Outstanding Service to the Profession and the Public
Jan. 7, 2015 – The State Bar annually recognizes attorneys, judges, law firms, organizations, and law students who have made outstanding pro bono, public service, or public education contributions. If you know of an individual or organization that should be recognized, contact the State Bar by Jan. 31.
Pick Your Winner: 2015 Smartphone Lineup
The field of smartphones is so full of thoroughbreds and budget-friendly dark horses alike, it’s hard to know where to put your money. The author describes several safe bets and offers a side-by-side comparison of features that you’ll want track-side when making your next purchase.
Using Preliminary Breath Test Results in Trials? Don’t Hold Your Breath
Even with the improvement of breath-test technology, concerns remain about the reliability of preliminary breath test (PBT) results. Thus, the Wisconsin Legislature and Supreme Court have erected barriers to using the results at trial as evidence of defendants’ intoxication. Recent court decisions provide guidance when litigating these matters.
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Changes May Affect Wisconsin Practice
Proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, if approved by the U.S. Supreme Court, will take effect in December 2015. The Wisconsin and federal rules are different, but a trend to conform Wisconsin procedural rules to their federal counterparts may herald significant change in how state judges and lawyers proceed in civil matters.