Court of Appeals Digest
In this column, Profs. Daniel D. Blinka and Thomas J. Hammer summarize select published opinions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Full-text decisions are linked below.
These summaries are provided by the Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
An Introduction: American Indian Tribes and Law in Wisconsin
Whether your practice overlaps with tribal law, this general orientation will help Wisconsin lawyers understand the history and current status of American Indians and their tribes’ self-governance and law in the United States. The authors provide contact information for Wisconsin’s 11 tribes for lawyers interested in gaining admission to practice in tribal courts.
Marital Waste: Within the Eye of the Beholding Court
Wisconsin’s family law statutes presume that a couple’s property will be equally divided at separation or divorce. Marital waste is one factor that may allow a deviation from this presumption, but different courts treat marital waste in various ways. Here are some strategies for effectively representing divorcing clients who may have wasted marital assets, or who believe their spouse wasted assets and are seeking compensation in support or the division of marital assets and debts.
Out of Sight, Not out of Mind: Deposition Ethics and Best Practices
Recent cases have led attorneys and courts to focus on obstreperous conduct during the discovery process. This article identifies the intersection between the discovery rules and the rules of professional responsibility and then focuses specifically on how professional responsibility applies to the deposition process – from noticing the deposition, to preparing the witness, to taking and defending the deposition, to post-deposition practices.
Your State Bar
A New Maginot Line?
George Brown asks, rather than defend against inevitable competition, wouldn’t our resources be better used creating our own innovations in how legal services are delivered?
As I See It
It’s Time for Creative Disruption
ABA President William Hubbard says thinking differently about how lawyers deliver legal services may provide solutions to many of the challenges facing lawyers and people who need, but can’t afford, legal services.
I Got Fired
Brandon Evans says don’t let pride get in the way of gaining experience, and don’t let one bad experience get in the way of your growth as a lawyer.
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Supreme Court Digest
In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).