Medicare's Stakes in PI Settlements
In light of the ongoing debate on liability Medicare set-asides, litigators must be alert to the possibility that personal-injury claim proceeds of Medicare beneficiaries might be subject to claims of the federal government.
Viewpoint: Jury Service - Through an Attorney's Eyes
Attorneys frequently are excused as jurors, so it isn't often we hear their perspective from the jury box. In recognition of September as Wisconsin's Juror Appreciation Month, here is one Wisconsin-licensed attorney's experience as a jury foreman in a recent Texas drunk-driving case.
Technology: The Ethics of Cloud-based Services
Despite the omnipresence of Internet-based services such as email and cloud storage, individual attorneys must determine whether use of a particular technology, product, or service meets the reasonable-standard-of-care obligation.
President's Message: A Fresh Start
Communicate with your State Bar Board of Governors representatives and participate in your local bars to be sure your voice is heard as to what the Bar does well, what can be improved, and new ideas.
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.
Supreme Court Digest
This column summarizes all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline, which are digested elsewhere in the magazine). 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.
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.
Sports and the Law: A National Niche and a Baseball Deal to Remember
Beneath America's favorite pastime lives a complex legal and business world. With insight from sports industry lawyers Mary K. Braza and Kevin Schulz, follow the purchase of the Los Angeles Dodgers for a record $2.15 billion – a deal they helped bring about – and the rise to prominence of Foley & Lardner in sports law.
WebXtra: Looking at the sports pages differently
Foley & Lardner attorneys Mary K. Braza and Kevin Schulz talk about their involvement in the sports law industry, the roles of lawyers in big sports transactions, how their firm built a nationwide sports practice, and their favorite teams.
Viewpoint: "'Happy Lawyer': Not an Oxymoron"
I spent many years enduring the practice of law before I finally learned how to actually enjoy it. Here are some lessons learned over 30 years that might help other lawyers enjoy their practices, too.
Pace of Change: Are Law Schools Keeping Up?
Lawyers operate in an increasingly complex, fast-changing world, as do the educational institutions that prepare law students to become practicing attorneys. Are law schools keeping up?
SOS: Defendants' Right to Counsel
In Montejo, the U.S. Supreme Court ruptured long-settled law concerning interrogation of criminal defendants. The Wisconsin Supreme Court extended a lifeline to a defendant affected by the change but left unclear the durability of this means of legal recourse for future accused individuals.
New Law Eases Requirements: Navigable Waterway Permits
2011 Wisconsin Act 167 changes the DNR’s permitting authority and requirements for navigable waterway permits. Effective Sept. 1, 2012, the new law eases requirements for private entities seeking to fill navigable waterways by shortening timelines, removing public participation requirements, and creating presumptive approvals. The changes have significant implications for the state’s administration of the public trust doctrine.