The clearest conclusion to be drawn from the Wisconsin Supreme Court's decision in Rosecky v. Schissel, a surrogacy-agreement case, is that Wisconsin law concerning such agreements is still far from well-defined.
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.
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.