May 1, 2013 – The Wisconsin Records Management Committee recently updated five juvenile, guardianship, and general forms.
Jan. 10, 2013 – The state Department of Children and Families revoked a Milwaukee woman’s child care license in 2010 for crimes committed 22 years ago, under the state's new caregiver law. But the Wisconsin Supreme Court recently ruled that she’s entitled to a hearing first.
Nov. 7, 2012 – "Wisconsin hasn't hosted the National Mock Trial Championship since 1992," said State Bar of Wisconsin National Mock Trial Committee Chair Kevin Lonergan. "It's an honor as well as a massive undertaking, and we will need close to 1,000 experienced mock trial judges, all in the space of three days in May. Experience is the key word in the national rules. If you have never volunteered or haven't in several years for the state program, you might not be able to participate in nationals in 2014"
July 5, 2012 – Act 125, which goes into effect at the start of the 2012-13 school year, requires public and charter schools to undertake significant staff training related to understanding when and how to use seclusion and physical restraint with students. In this article, Mary Gerbig advises how to prepare for the impact of this new law.
July 5, 2012 – The Wisconsin Law Foundation (WLF) recently awarded $24,080 in grants to law-related programs in Wisconsin. Grants include educating the public on health care reform, providing estate planning services to Native Americans, smoothing the way through bankruptcy issues for pro se litigants, helping Spanish-speaking residents understand family court issues, expanding teen court programs, and supporting the State Bar-sponsored Mock Trial Program and the translation of a popular publicati
Too often, the child welfare system focuses on false issues, engenders adversarial rather than collaborative relationships, and delays addressing the real issues: timely resolving the safety and permanency issues crucial to a child's welfare. We must refocus the system for the sake of children and their families.
April 4, 2012 – With support from the State Bar's Children and the Law Section, a bill expanding access to juvenile records recently passed the Wisconsin Legislature. In this article, Milwaukee Assistant District Attorney Mary M. Sowinski explains why the change was encouraged, and what it does.
Jan. 4, 2012 – The Wisconsin Judicial Benchbook series is among the best sellers of the State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE™ publications. The 2011 revisions and supplements for each of the five criminal and traffic, civil, family, juvenile, and probate, guardianship and mental health volumes include statutory amendments and case law developments occurring since the 2010 supplements.
Dec. 21, 2011 – Individuals who are required to report suspicion of child abuse now have greater protections under a new law that took effect earlier this month. Milwaukee attorney Barry W. Szymanski advises lawyers who represent school districts or individuals subject to mandatory reporting requirements to take note of the changes.
Nov. 16, 2011 – As of Nov. 4, 2011, Wisconsin employers are no longer required to calculate and impute the fair market value of any employer-sponsored health benefits provided to adult children who will be under age 27 at the end of the tax year. This means Wisconsin employers should immediately stop all fair market value calculations and imputation of Wisconsin income with respect to these children, says attorneys Todd Cleary and Sven Skillrud.
Sept. 7, 2011 – In January 2012, Wisconsin's health insurance requirements for certain adult children will more closely match federal coverage requirements enacted in last year's health care reform legislation. However, according to attorney Andrew Bezouska, the value of coverage provided to individuals who are not tax dependents will still be imputed as Wisconsin income.
Aug. 3, 2011 – The State Bar has released the 17th edition of its consumer publication What You Should Know About Wisconsin Law: Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities, formerly titled On Being Eighteen: Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities. The 40-page booklet informs Wisconsin citizens of their legal rights and responsibilities, and helps them recognize and avoid possible problems.
Losing one's parental rights is a serious matter, which is why representation by counsel and appearance and participation by parents is required in termination of parental rights litigation. But defense counsel face an ethical dilemma when a court denies a motion to withdraw because a parent’s conduct makes it impossible for counsel to provide adequate representation. To continue representation violates professional conduct rules. To not continue representation violates statutory law. It's a "Catch 22."