In 2005, Michael Belleau was civilly committed as a “sexually violent person,” after serving prison time for sexually assaulting children. When released in 2010, Wisconsin law required him to wear a GPS monitoring device for the rest of his life. Recently, a federal appeals court upheld the state law, reversing a lower court.
June 17, 2015 – Many Wisconsin lawyers make sacrifices to serve people who cannot afford to pay for legal services. Next week, the State Bar will honor lawyers, law firms, and organizations for their public interest law and pro bono work. Lisa Clay Foley and Andrew DeClercq are among those extraordinary attorneys who will be honored.
May 6, 2015 – Alabama public interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson is a tireless advocate for indigent defendants, prisoners, and kids sentenced to die in prison. But he’s also a powerful voice for change in America’s justice system, and he’s coming to Wisconsin June 25.
The state transportation department knew that a land developer did not intend to “dedicate” a right-of-way for a state highway project but took the land without paying, based on a drafting error in a certified survey map. Now the state must pay the property owner just compensation, plus attorney’s fees, costs, and interest.
The Wisconsin’s Department of Justice (DOJ) did not violate a state whistleblower law by demoting an employee who voiced her concern that DOJ agents would be used, at a cost to taxpayers, to protect Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen while he attended the Republican National Convention, a state appeals court has ruled.
Jan. 7, 2015 – The State Bar annually recognizes attorneys, judges, law firms, organizations, and law students who have made outstanding pro bono, public service, or public education contributions. If you know of an individual or organization that should be recognized, contact the State Bar by Jan. 31.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that a Wisconsin's same-sex domestic partnership law does not violate the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, a ruling that comes amidst litigation challenging same-sex marriage bans in severa l states, including Wisconsin.
The State Bar of Wisconsin National Mock Trial planning team is calling on attorneys, judges and experienced teachers and coaches from around the state to step up to the bench and volunteer to serve on a judging panel during the 2014 National High School Mock Trial Championship on May 9 and 10 in Madison.