Aug. 6, 2014 – Lawyers, like other service-based professionals, take great stock in the value of their time. But valuing time requires business management skills that law school doesn’t teach. In this article, business coach Tom Palzewicz provides tips on financial management, an upcoming topic at the State Bar’s Business School for Lawyers.
July 16, 2014 – Thinking of starting your own law practice? Maybe you just graduated and can’t find a job. Maybe you are tired of your current firm. Maybe you’ve always wanted to be your own boss, or just want to improve a business aspect or your existing firm. Whatever the case, you need a business plan.
When shareholders in nonstatutory close corporations want to leave the business, there is only one statutory remedy: judicial dissolution of the close corporation. Courts and litigants are now finding ways to address shareholders’ need for judicial intervention without employing the drastic remedy of dissolving the company.
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.
March 19, 2014 – Conflicts may arise for lawyers acting in a dual capacity, including those serving as directors for client organizations. In this video, State Bar ethics advisors Tim Pierce and Aviva Kaiser explain that a lawyer’s role as a director may limit the lawyer’s ability to fully represent the client in future legal matters.
Want to refine your courtroom skills and delivery? Looking at procedure and performance from a different perspective, like that of a judge, can be very helpful, and the State Bar of Wisconsin has a perfect opportunity to do just that. You can take the bench while volunteering as a judge at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Madison from May 8 to 10.
A company doing business outside the United States might be tempted to rely on the knowledge of local business people and agents, but doing so without caution and policies in place might result in the company violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act – a U.S. law that bars bribing foreign officials.
Aug. 21, 2013 – Tune in to special encore webcast CLE/EPR programs from the spring 2013 State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE® Litigation, Dispute Resolution & Appellate Practice and the Real Estate & Business Law institutes in August and September. Earn up to 19 CLE credits and 3 EPR credits. Institute attendees can view these webcasts at no additional charge.
July 17, 2013 – A lawyer or group of lawyers may limit legal liability and minimize income tax and payroll tax costs by forming a business as a limited liability entity. In this video, Madison attorney Joe Boucher discusses why this is one aspect of running a business lawyers should not overlook.
Amendments to Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, which deals with security interests in most types of personal property and fixtures, took effect on July 1, 2013. The authors describe the types of property and transactions to which Article 9 applies, explain key terms, and provide tips to help you counsel your creditor and debtor clients.
May 1, 2013 – The State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE® codebook library is one of our most popular, and with good reason: each title contains the essential statutes, regulations, and other materials affecting specific areas of law – all in easily managed, paperbound volumes that you can carry with you or keep at your desk.
Jan. 16, 2013 – Restrictive covenants – such as noncompete agreements, nonsolicitation agreements, and confidentiality agreements – are often a term or condition of employment. In this video, Sara J. Ackermann, Ruder Ware, Wausau, discusses how to draft these agreements so they are enforceable.
Jan. 2, 2013 – Many websites allow individuals to post reviews about products and services. If those reviews are not true, businesses can sue, and these types of cases are on the rise. This article explains the recent developments in this area with insight from Milwaukee lawyer Donald Daugherty.
Dec. 19, 2012 – Twenty-six sessions from the State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE Litigation, Dispute Resolution & Appellate Practice, Real Estate & Business Law, and Health, Labor & Employment Law institutes will be available as webcast seminars in January. Institute webcasts are free for institute attendees and are included in the cost of the Ultimate Pass.
Oct. 17, 2012 – The year 1994 marked a milestone in Wisconsin business history. That was when the Legislature enacted the limited liability company act. It was also the year the State Bar of Wisconsin published the original Limited Liability Company Handbook, written by the same attorneys who had drafted Wisconsin's LLC and LLP laws.
Significant reforms to U.S. patent laws move from a "first-to-invent" to a "first-inventor-to-file" system, create new proceedings for challenging patents, and implement litigation reforms, with the goal of creating millions of jobs and securing the United States' position as an innovative-technology leader.
Sept. 5, 2012 – New Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regulations may complicate an employer's ability to protect against age discrimination claims. In this article, Geoffrey S. Trotier explains how lawyers can and should advise their employer clients to address the new rules.