Hatem Shata, an Egyptian national, argued that his lawyer gave him bad advice when he said a guilty plea would trigger a “strong chance” of deportation instead of telling him deportation was a certainty. Recently, the state supreme court ruled that counsel’s advice was not deficient, rejecting Shata’s request for a plea withdrawal.
Feb. 4, 2015 – “They’re human beings and we have laws to protect against rape, sexual abuse, and sexual harassment.” Dennis McBride, a trial attorney with the Milwaukee office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, doesn’t mince words when it comes to protecting all workers, even those who are undocumented, from employer abuse.
Wisconsin's "Personal Protection Act" establishes a licensure system for the concealed carry of weapons and sets guidelines for property owners, businesses, and employers that may interact with license holders. Here is an in-depth look at the law's provisions, how it applies in various property contexts, and practical ramifications and potential legal issues rising from the law's enactment.
In its 2010 landmark decision in Padilla v. Kentucky, the U.S. Supreme Court held that defense counsel have an affirmative Sixth Amendment duty to advise noncitizen clients of the potential immigration consequences of their pleas. The decision overturned Wisconsin and federal court precedent and substantially affects Wisconsin prosecutors and defense counsel and their clients.
Why would a client refuse even to look at an interpreter, possibly derailing an otherwise sound case? Obstinance? Doubtful. Shame at needing to use a legal system she knows nothing about? Maybe. How about fear and anger, because someone of the interpreter’s ethnicity burned the client’s village or worse? This is just one example of how the melting pot that is American society presents multiple opportunities and challenges for lawyers who represent clients from diverse cultures.
May 6, 2009 – Last year’s rampant flooding in Wisconsin pointed out a need that this program is designed to meet. Attend an afternoon of free training from 12:30 to 4:10 p.m. on May 21 in Madison to educate lawyers about common legal issues faced by victims of a natural disaster. Hear legal services professionals from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), representatives from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, as well as private practitioners discuss how disasters af
April 15, 2009 – The next time you plan to attend a State Bar seminar, you can add it to your electronic calendar when you register by using WisBar’s new “Add to My Calendar” feature. Once you have registered, click the “Add to My Calendar” hyperlink. You will receive an email notification of your event with instructions on how to save the event to your electronic calendar. The feature works for Outlook and Google users.
Apirl 15, 2009 – Did you know that the State Bar of Wisconsin is the official record keeper for agencies that regulate the practice of law in Wisconsin? That means, when your State Bar member record is out of date or incorrect, it affects more than just the Bar. It could affect communications from the Wisconsin Office of Lawyer Regulation, Board of Bar Examiners, and Wisconsin Supreme Court.
April 15, 2009 – Today, our country is experiencing one of the most troubling economic periods since the Great Depression, and the legal profession is not immune from the effects. These difficult times make finding cost-effective ways to connect with paying clients more important than ever.
April 15, 2009 – The State Bar Practice411™ Breakfast & Business: Eggs, Ethics and Answers series will be presented on April 22 in Platteville and June 17 in Pembine. Pembine program information is not yet available. Pembine is conveniently located about an hour and a half from Rhinelander, Green Bay, and Marinette, and about a half hour from Iron Mountain, Mich. Both seminars, presented in two sessions, will begin with a hot breakfast at 8:15 a.m. and conclude at 11:15 a.m.
March 18, 2009, – Today, our country is experiencing one of the most troubling economic periods since the Great Depression, and the legal profession is not immune from the effects. These difficult times make finding cost-effective resources to connect with paying clients more important than ever.
March 4, 2009 – The 2009 Wisconsin Equal Justice Conference will bring together community representatives committed to ensuring civil equal justice for the poor and disadvantaged. The conference will take place on April 28, at the U.W. Pyle Center in Madison. At this event, organized by the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Legal Assistance Committee, attendees will explore innovative models that lawyers, courts, and other organizations are using to move Wisconsin closer to equal justice under law.
Beginning Jan. 20, all non-immigrant visa applicants with an appointment at the United States Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico will be required to use the DS-160 electronic NIV application form available at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv, according to the consulate.
- If not for the pro bono help of Madison attorney Rick Lewandowski, a Tibetan teenager faced deportation to his country and the certainty of arrest, imprisonment, and harsh treatment. The case proved to be the most exotic case of Lewandowski’s career
If not for the pro bono help of Madison attorney Rick Lewandowski, a Tibetan teenager faced deportation to his country and the certainty of arrest, imprisonment, and harsh treatment. The case proved to be the most exotic case of Lewandowski’s career.
Under the Federal REAL ID Act, beginning on May 11, 2008, a Wisconsin resident may not use a Wisconsin driver’s license or state-issued identification card to prove identity when boarding a commercial aircraft or entering a federal building unless the driver’s license or ID card is REAL ID compliant. Read about what this means to Wisconsin lawyers and citizens.
Before it will act, the Wisconsin Supreme Court wants the State Bar of Wisconsin to gather demonstrable evidence that additional regulation of the unauthorized practice of law is needed. The court recently asked lawyers for quantifiable evidence not only of the harm inflicted on the public when nonlawyers practice law but also of the nature and extent of the harm. Members should submit data by Dec. 31.