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    • November
      01
      2012

      Inside the Bar: The Need for Innovation

      Make a decision. Move forward. These qualities inform how member leaders and staff work together to provide products and services to help you succeed.

    • November
      01
      2012

      Letters

      Letters to the editor: The Wisconsin Lawyer publishes as many letters in each issue as space permits. Please limit letters to 500 words; letters may be edited for length and clarity. Letters should address the issues, and not be a personal attack on others. Letters endorsing political candidates cannot be accepted. Please mail letters to "Letters to the Editor," Wisconsin Lawyer, P.O. Box 7158, Madison, WI 53707-7158, fax them to (608) 257-4343, or org wislawyer wisbar email them.

    • November
      01
      2012

      Lawyer Discipline

      The Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and component of the lawyer regulation system, assists the court in carrying out its constitutional responsibility to supervise the practice of law and protect the public from misconduct by lawyers. The OLR has offices at 110 E. Main St., Suite 315, Madison, WI 53703; toll-free (877) 315-6941. The full text of items summarized in this column can be viewed at www.wicourts.gov/olr.

    • November
      01
      2012

      Supreme Court Orders

      The supreme court will hold a public hearing Jan. 15, 2013, to consider amendments to SCR Chapter 80 governing publication of supreme court orders issued in cases and SCR 98.07 governing publication of rule matters. The court also amended SCR 99.01(4)(e)to correct a statutory reference contained in the rule provision.

    • November
      01
      2012

      Court of Appeals Digest

      This column summarizes selected published opinions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Full-text decisions are available online at http://www.wisbar.org/wislawmag. Profs. Daniel D. Blinka and Thomas J. Hammer invite comments and questions about the digests. They can be reached at Marquette University Law School, 1215 W. Michigan Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53233, (414) 288-7090.

    • November
      01
      2012

      Private Reprimand Summaries

      The Wisconsin Supreme Court permits the Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR) to publish, for educational purposes, in an official State Bar publication a summary of facts and professional conduct rule violations in matters in which the OLR imposed private reprimands. The summaries do not disclose information identifying the reprimanded attorneys. The following summaries of selected private reprimands are printed to help attorneys avoid similar misconduct problems.

    • November
      01
      2012

      WebXtra: Password Protection: How Often Do You Change Your Password?

      Best practice recommends that you change your password frequently and that you don't use the same password for every website. In this video, available with the Oct. 3, 2012 issue of WisBar InsideTrack, Nerino Petro, State Bar practice management advisor, discusses passwords, password security, and ways to keep your passwords safe online.

    • October
      01
      2012

      Determining Reasonable Attorney Fees

      Many Wisconsin statutes make it possible for prevailing parties to recover attorney fees from the opposing side. Recent changes, however, presumptively cap reasonable attorney fees at not more than three times the damages awarded and list factors a court must assess when making the award. Here is a look at how courts may interpret and apply the law.

    • October
      01
      2012

      Managing Risk: Top OLR Complaints: Grievances on the Rise

      Grievances filed with the Office of Lawyer Regulation are rising. Knowing the practice areas and types of errors most often complained about can alert you to vulnerabilities in your practice so you can prevent mistakes and problems.

    • October
      01
      2012

      Ethics: Can I Represent a Relative against Another Relative?

      Although ethics rules do not explicitly bar lawyers from representing their relatives in matters opposing other family members, lawyers must exercise extreme caution to ensure they can provide effective advocacy in such situations.

    • October
      01
      2012

      Boosting Creative Competition: America Invents Act

      Significant reforms to U.S. patent laws move from a "first-to-invent" to a "first-inventor-to-file" system, create new proceedings for challenging patents, and implement litigation reforms, with the goal of creating millions of jobs and securing the United States' position as an innovative-technology leader.

    • October
      01
      2012

      Ethics Opinion EF-12-01: Prevent Disclosure of Metadata

      On June 15, 2012, the State Bar Professional Ethics Committee issued Formal Opinion EF-12-01, discussing lawyers' responsibility to avoid disclosing confidential information contained in metadata in electronic documents.

    • October
      01
      2012

      E-Discovery: Who Pays?

      Wisconsin courts have not expressly addressed cost shifting involving discovery of electronically stored information. Recent rule amendments provide an ad hoc balancing test, which should be supported by common-sense efforts to reach agreements with opposing counsel in these situations.

    • October
      01
      2012

      President's Message: Education at Every Turn

      The State Bar's mission to help educate members goes beyond its nationally recognized continuing legal education offerings to include other programs such as Practice411 and WisLAP, and by providing members with opportunities to share knowledge through participation in governance, committee work, and more.

    • October
      01
      2012

      Letters

      Letters to the editor: The Wisconsin Lawyer publishes as many letters in each issue as space permits. Please limit letters to 500 words; letters may be edited for length and clarity. Letters should address the issues, and not be a personal attack on others. Letters endorsing political candidates cannot be accepted. Please mail letters to "Letters to the Editor," Wisconsin Lawyer, P.O. Box 7158, Madison, WI 53707-7158, fax them to (608) 257-4343, or org wislawyer wisbar email them.


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