The four-year-long John Doe II investigation into campaign finance activities associated with Gov. Scott Walker’s recall election captured statewide and national attention. This constitutional-law analysis of the John Doe II decision offers an overview of John Doe II, focusing particularly on the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision to terminate the investigation on the basis that it violated constitutional free speech protections.
Advances in assistive reproductive technology are giving new options for parentage to individuals who are in same-sex marriages, are dealing with infertility, or both. But Wisconsin law is not keeping pace. To resolve disputes when a surrogacy agreement falls apart and grant parent status, the author proposes that Wisconsin courts use an “intended-parent” test.
The judicial branch will soon begin the biennial process of requesting taxpayer dollars to help fund the court system. In this article, learn why counties are increasingly pinched on funding their circuit courts, with local and national perspectives on court funding.
Nov. 18, 2015 – Two pending bills would effectively eliminate adverse possession claims in Wisconsin. In this article, attorney Jessica Shrestha discusses the history of adverse possession, the proposed legislation, and the arguments for and against the proposals.
April 1, 2015 – A legislative proposal dramatically reforms Wisconsin’s restrictive covenant statute and would impact the drafting, negotiation, and enforcement of restrictive covenants by Wisconsin attorneys in several important ways. Milwaukee labor and employment litigation attorney Daniel Finerty explains the legislation and its potential impact.
he Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee is making its way around the state in an effort to gather public opinion on Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed 2015-17 biennial budget. These hearings, as well as a state public comment line, give attorneys and the rest of the public an opportunity to weigh in on important budget issues.
March 4, 2015 – Wisconsin will likely become the 25th state with a so-called right-to-work law, impacting the ability of labor unions in the private sector to collect union dues or fees. In this article, Madison attorney Justin Lessner explains the law and its potential impact.
Gov. Scott Walker introduced the 2015-17 Biennial Budget in the Assembly Chambers on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The 1,839 page bill draft contains $68 billion in spending over the next two years, and includes a number of issues that will be hotly debated by the Legislature.