After a strong start, the State Bar of Wisconsin's fundraising thermometer for the 2014 National Mock Trial Championship rests at $83,000, which is less than 50 percent of the necessary $200,000. Despite the stagnant funds, Wisconsin's National Mock Trial Executive Committee remains hopeful that they will reach their goal.
April 17, 2013 – Most Americans have not exercised their right to make decisions about their health care in the event that they cannot speak for themselves. Elder law attorney Ben Adams points viewers to the State Bar’s consumer guide, A Gift to Your Family, as a great tool to start the conversation. The State Bar is offering free electronic access to and special discounts on this resource through April.
Feb. 20, 2013 – The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a rare child custody case involving the attempted adoption of an Indian child by a non-Indian couple, which implicates the federal Indian Child Welfare Act and could impact Wisconsin law.
Jan. 2, 2013 – In 2009, Wisconsin passed a domestic partnership law granting certain rights to same-sex couples who live together. A lawsuit challenged the law as unconstitutional. Recently, a state appeals court upheld the law in a case likely headed for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Nov. 7, 2012 – The recent shooting in Brookfield highlighted a stark reality in Wisconsin: Domestic abuse remains a real problem with the potential for devastating consequences. As courts and domestic abuse agencies aim to break the cycle, lawyers can help victims remain safe.
June 20, 2012 – Employee benefits issues can cause unintended consequences in divorce actions, according to attorney Daniel Welytok. In this article, the Milwaukee lawyer discusses a landmine issue involving disability pension payments subject to a marital settlement agreement.
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 18, 2012 – The public comment period on the U.S. Department of Labor's recently issued proposed changes to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations, related primarily to military family leave and airline flight crew eligibility, will close on April 30, 2012. The following highlights the significant changes proposed by the Department of Labor.
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.