July 15, 2015 – Richard Brown, chief judge for the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, retires on August 1 as one of the longest serving judges in Wisconsin history. In this article, Judge Brown explains how he got there, why he stayed, and what he hopes to leave behind.
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.
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.
Nov. 19, 2014 – Winning on appeal takes more than hard work and good intentions. It requires knowing the big picture, and the tricky little details. You need to know what the appellate court will consider, and how to get the relevant record before them, the standard of review, and the color of your brief’s cover page. All this information, the subtle and the sublime, can be found in PINNACLE’s Attorney’s Guide to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, newly supplemented for 2014.
Aug. 6, 2014 – In this video, Chief Judge Richard S. Brown, Wisconsin Court of Appeals, Waukesha, talks about the importance of looking at as many cases as possible when presenting a case to the court of appeals. According to Brown, showing the differences between what the courts are doing will help the court decide what the law is.
July 16, 2014 – In this video, Wisconsin Court of Appeals judges Joan F. Kessler, Milwaukee, and Gary E. Sherman, Madison, offer appellate brief writing tips lawyers can use to effectively make their case to the court of appeals.
The State Bar of Wisconsin National Mock Trial planning team is calling on attorneys, judges and experienced teachers and coaches from around the state to step up to the bench and volunteer to serve on a judging panel during the 2014 National High School Mock Trial Championship on May 9 and 10 in Madison.