The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently urged state lawmakers to update the statutes, calling Wisconsin campaign finance laws “labyrinthian and difficult to decipher.” Such a task may be easier said than done, however.
Aug. 6, 2014 – For years, members of the State Bar of Wisconsin have received “official notices” from the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the State Bar via the Wisconsin Lawyer magazine, the organization’s official flagship print publication. Now, the State Bar has greater flexibility to publish official notices in electronic publication mediums.
The Wisconsin Social Media Protection Act protects individuals against certain social media searches by employers, educational institutions, and landlords. The law contains two basic restrictions, on access to information and on retaliation, but also provides several exceptions.
Sept. 4, 2013 – In the age of social media and viral videos, evidence of employee conduct (or misconduct) can quickly become widespread, and use of social media may cause an employer to take disciplinary action. In this video, Madison attorney Wade Harrison discusses why employers should pay close attention to this evolving area of the law.
Wisconsin privacy law and intellectual property law protect against the use of an individual’s name for trade or advertising purposes. However, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals in Habush v. Cannon found that such protections did not prevent a law firm from using two competing attorneys’ names to generate advertising on Internet search engines.
Feb. 6, 2013 – Wish your office had ordered copies of the print 2013 Wisconsin Lawyer Directory™? With more than 10,000 changes to lawyers’ addresses and contact information annually, if your office relies heavily on the print edition it’s not too late to order copies.
Jan. 16, 2013 – When you visit WisBar.org next month, you'll experience far more than a fresh coat of paint applied to the website. On Monday, Feb. 4, the State Bar will launch a new WisBar, the first major redesign and technology overhaul since 2005.
Jan. 2, 2013 – Lawyers and courts are navigating new waters when dealing with today's legal issues in the world of social media, and the law in this area can be particularly challenging because it is changes quickly. In this video, Jina L. Jonen, Wisconsin Education Association Council – Legal Department, and Judith A. Williams-Killackey, Quarles & Brady LLP, discuss social media from the employer and the employee perspective.
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.
Nov. 21, 2012 – If you use Google or cloud-based platforms, you are already part of the virtual law office scenario. In this video, Practice Management Consultant David J. Bilinsky discusses the benefits of the virtual law office, which include building a very strong and loyal virtual team, reaching out to clients, entering new markets, and serving the public interest.
Nov. 7, 2012 – Elists are easy-to-use Internet-based discussion groups of people interested in particular topics. Many state bar associations, including the State Bar of Wisconsin, have multiple elists tailored to attorneys with common interests like family law, business law, and the like. There are also elists tailored to pro bono, solo/small firm, and other groups.
Sept. 5, 2012 – On Sept. 7, the State Bar Executive Committee will perform its annual Keller dues reduction evaluation for Fiscal Year 14 (July 2013 - June 2014). The Executive Committee is announcing the date of the meeting in case members may wish to attend.
Sept. 5, 2012 – Has your 2012 Wisconsin Lawyer Directory disappeared from your desk? Or, perhaps you would like an extra copy for your home office or for your office staff. A limited number of 2012 directories are available for $15, 50 percent off the regular member price.
Sept. 5, 2012 – Virtual law offices give lawyers a new way to deliver legal services and assemble legal teams, according to solo practitioner Brent Hoeft and small firm lawyer Nicole Garton-Jones. In this article, both attorneys explain the benefits, and misconceptions, of virtual law practice.
Aug. 15, 2012 – Since Wisconsin's videoconferencing statute took effect in 2008, more judges are inclined to use it, says former Richland County Circuit Court Judge Edward Leineweber. Courts across the country are embracing videoconferencing technology tools like Skype. Wisconsin is cautious.
Aug. 15, 2012 – The report that Wade Michael Page, the deadly shooter in Oak Creek, had previously recorded white supremacist music lyrics raises the legal question of whether law enforcement officers can take preventive action against such persons before they act, based solely on words and other expressions showing intent to harm others.