Jan. 31, 2014 – The State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors, the organization’s 52-member governing body, today discussed a budget proposal to raise State Bar dues by $30, which would represent the first dues increase in 10 years. The board took no action but is expected to approve a fiscal year 2015 budget at its April board meeting.
Jan. 30, 2014 – A recent State Bar of Wisconsin report highlighted the very real struggles that new lawyers are experiencing after law school. Now, a State Bar committee intends to bring forth concrete solutions to help new lawyers face those challenges.
A circuit court judge ordered Eric Seatz to install an ignition interlock device in his vehicle, even though it was his first-offense operating while intoxicated. Recently, an appeals court ruled that the order did not violate state OWI law.
A home insurer scored a win today as the Wisconsin Supreme Court split 3-3 in a case involving water damage, products liability, and the “economic loss doctrine.” Without a majority, a lower appeals court ruling on the issue controls.
Defendant Curtis Jackson didn’t know Angelo McCaleb before shooting him dead on a November night in 2008. But Jackson argued that McCaleb had a violent character, on display that very evening, and he only acted in self-defense.
Governor Scott Walker and his spokesperson recently won a federal appeal against a woman who said they violated the law by not appointing her as interim county register of deeds and publicly stating that she entered bankruptcy.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court heard debate yesterday on a proposed dues structure change for new and emeritus lawyers but postponed consideration, meaning the State Bar of Wisconsin’s dues structure remains unchanged for now.
Jan. 21, 2014 – A sheriff’s deputy who was dismissed by a grievance committee may appeal to the circuit court or submit the case to an arbitrator, an appeals court has ruled, despite a county’s stance that an appeal to an arbitrator is not an option.
The Town of Delavan under-taxed “off-lake” real estate and over-taxed more than 50 lakefront homes, a violation of Wisconsin law. But the lakefront homeowners won’t get their desired remedy, a state appeals court has ruled.
Raheem Moore, a 15-year-old, argued that he was too young and dumb to voluntarily confess to murder. But a state appeals court recently ruled that Moore was smart enough to make that confession, and police did not coerce it out of him.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court will decide whether the City of Racine is liable for injuries caused by an officer who ran a red light, as the state’s high court recently accepted review of this governmental immunity case and four others.
Robert Brown, convicted in 2011 for robbing a bank in Milwaukee, recently lost his federal appeal despite arguing that a detective gave expert testimony concerning “dye packs” but it was improperly allowed as lay testimony.
With nearly $150,000 in donations through today, the State Bar of Wisconsin is getting closer to the $200,000 fundraising goal for the National Mock Trial Tournament that will take place in Madison May 8-10, 2014. Help us get there!
Drivers with spotty driving records must prove financial responsibility for future liability. Such proof can be submitted through “certified” insurance. Recently, a state appeals court clarified coverage issues relating to such “certified” policies.
A state appeals court has ruled in favor of an estate administrator who claims Wisconsin Electric Power Company knowingly allowed his father to work in the presence of asbestos without telling him, and claimant’s father died as a result.
The buyer in a real estate deal claims the seller unlawfully failed to disclose the presence of asbestos in the building, causing damages. Recently, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled the seller is not covered under an insurance policy.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has clarified that circuit courts cannot dismiss a refusal charge – a charge that a defendant refused chemical testing for intoxicants – unless that defendant has pleaded guilty to the underlying OWI offense.
Cody Phillips was under age 15 when he allegedly used force to sexually assault a child. Recently, a state appeals court ordered his plea withdrawn and said the case must go back to juvenile court even though Phillips is now an adult.
A Wisconsin law that prohibits doctors from performing abortions unless they have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the doctor’s clinic remains blocked pending a trial on the merits, a federal appeals court has ruled.
A woman fined $500 for protesting at the state Capitol building without approval can seek pretrial discovery despite the state’s argument that pretrial discovery does not apply in this type of forfeiture proceeding, a state appeals court has ruled.