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    • December
      01
      2011

      Enhancing Animal Welfare Laws

      2009 Wisconsin Act 90 bolsters Wisconsin's animal abuse and neglect laws by requiring dog breeders, animal shelters, rescues, and others involved in the care and custody of animals to obtain a license and meet state guidelines on animal treatment.

    • December
      01
      2011

      Health-care Reform: What You Should Know

      Lawyers need to understand the effects of the 2010 Health-care Reform Law as they seek health-care coverage for themselves, their families, and their employees, and as they counsel their business clients.

    • December
      01
      2011

      The Toll of Trauma

      A groundbreaking study of Wisconsin State Public Defender attorneys examines the effects of "compassion fatigue" – the cumulative physical, emotional, and psychological effects resulting from continual exposure to others' traumatic experiences. This article discusses the significance of compassion fatigue's effects, factors contributing to the risk any lawyer may face of experiencing its symptoms, and what can be done to mitigate it.

    • December
      01
      2011

      Webxtra: The Toll of Trauma

      The cumulative physical, emotional, and psychological effects resulting from continual exposure to others' traumatic experience – compassion fatigue – can put lawyers at risk. In this video, Deb Smith, SPD director of assigned counsel, and Linda Albert, State Bar WisLAP coordinator, discuss a groundbreaking study of State Public Defender attorneys. This study examines the impact of secondary trauma on lawyers who are continually exposed to others' traumatic experiences.

    • December
      01
      2011

      Webxtra: The Toll of Trauma (video)

      In this video, at www.wisbar.org/wl,WisLAP coordinator Linda Albert and Deb Smith, director of assigned counsel for the SPD, discuss the agency's involvement with the study, what it learned, and how it will help its staff.

    • November
      01
      2011

      Class Action Suits after Wal-Mart Inc. v. Dukes

      The U.S. Supreme Court has placed obstacles in the path of plaintiffs' litigators attempting to put together class action lawsuits. Learn about the Court's decision in Wal-Mart Inc. v. Dukes and the similarities and differences between the federal rule the Court relied on and Wisconsin's class-action statute.

    • November
      01
      2011

      Ethics: Client Contacts with Adverse Parties

      Wisconsin attorneys should tread carefully when responding to client requests for assistance in communicating with opposing parties who are represented by counsel.


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