Cloud Computing is the New Norm: Ethics Opinion Outlines Lawyer Obligations
May 20, 2015 – Do you use a computer, tablet, or mobile device to process, transmit, store, or access client information over the Internet? If yes, welcome to the world of cloud computing. A new ethics opinion provides guidance on what lawyer’s must do to ensure their cloud-computing activities are ethically sound.
How a Case Gets to the Wisconsin Supreme Court
May 20, 2015 – For anyone who needs a refresher on how a case gets to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the author provides a primer on petitions for review and bypass, certification, and original jurisdiction in this state’s highest court.
Avoid Stalling Out: How to Successfully Negotiate
May 20, 2015 – Lawyers often begin negotiations by demanding too much upfront, causing both sides to stall out before reaching an agreeable result. By better understanding how to bargain and developing a plan of movement, you can avoid this dead end, says attorney and mediator J. Anderson Little.
50-Year Member: Gary Bakke, Ahead of His Time
May 20, 2015 – A former State Bar of Wisconsin president, Gary Bakke knew change was coming in the legal profession, well before it came. A visionary and small-town lawyer, he built the law firm of Bakke Norman as a family law and business litigation lawyer.
West's Jury Verdicts, Bench Decisions, Settlements, and Arbitration Awards
May 20, 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.
Bryan Stevenson: This Public Interest Lawyer Could Change America
May 6, 2015 – Alabama public interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson is a tireless advocate for indigent defendants, prisoners, and kids sentenced to die in prison. But he’s also a powerful voice for change in America’s justice system, and he’s coming to Wisconsin June 25.
Keep Up-to-Date on Appellate Rules Amendments with PINNACLE
May 6, 2015 – You may have the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau’s most recently printed Wisconsin statutes, but are you sure you’ve got the current Wisconsin Rules of Appellate Procedure? The statutes are reprinted every two years, but the rules can (and do) change faster than that. Updated in 2015, the Wisconsin Rules of Appellate Procedure – a codebook (print or e-book) from State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE® – ensures you apply the latest version of the rules to your practice.
On Family Law: Are Maintenance Guidelines a Good Idea?
May 6, 2015 – Could standards, similar to child support, work for spousal support? Earlier this year Illinois put into effect a statute for maintenance guidelines. Could it happen in Wisconsin? The author believes maintenance guidelines are a good idea if they are advisory, allowing for judicial discretion. Ignoring individual circumstances creates more harm than good.