State Bar Prepares for Busy Legislative Budget Session
Gov. Scott Walker introduced the 2015-17 Biennial Budget in the Assembly Chambers on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The 1,839 page bill draft contains $68 billion in spending over the next two years, and includes a number of issues that will be hotly debated by the Legislature.
Appeals Court Sides with DOJ in Whistleblower Suit by Employee
The Wisconsin’s Department of Justice (DOJ) did not violate a state whistleblower law by demoting an employee who voiced her concern that DOJ agents would be used, at a cost to taxpayers, to protect Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen while he attended the Republican National Convention, a state appeals court has ruled.
Protecting the Vulnerable: Employment Law Covers Undocumented Workers, too
Feb. 4, 2015 – “They’re human beings and we have laws to protect against rape, sexual abuse, and sexual harassment.” Dennis McBride, a trial attorney with the Milwaukee office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, doesn’t mince words when it comes to protecting all workers, even those who are undocumented, from employer abuse.
Pro Bono Spotlight: Noelle Bobbe – A Real Estate Lawyer for the Public Good
Feb. 4, 2015 – Meet a young lawyer who has discovered ways to give back to the community through pro bono work in Milwaukee. Noelle Bobbe works with nonprofits in real estate matters and handles cases critical to her pro bono clients. In her volunteer work, she has discovered that, while some cases may not be complex, there are always lessons to learn.
West's Jury Verdicts, Bench Decisions, Settlements, and Arbitration Awards
Feb. 4, 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.
Finding Online Medical Information: Start With Free Resources
Feb. 4, 2015 – Avoid Google, Yahoo, or Bing, and go directly to the source for answers to questions about medicine and its practice. From symptoms to pricing to hospital and doctor rankings, no doctor bill is needed for information available at these medical-related websites.