April 16, 2014 – The practice of law is undergoing historic change. To survive and thrive, law firms must find ways to innovate with the purpose to improve an outcome. The State Bar seeks nominations of innovators who are bringing positive change to Wisconsin’s legal landscape. Watch this video; you may find you are the innovator, or know one. Nominations are due June 30, 2014.
Reducing your firm’s paper storage requires initial investments of money and effort. But, Nerino Petro says, you’ll realize the benefits in terms of dollars and time saved and available for billable client work.
Feb. 5, 2014 – In this article, Milwaukee lawyer Joseph Russell explains potential changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. He notes that any amendments at the federal level would likely be adopted by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in the near future.
Feb. 5, 2014 – Many reliable Internet sites are a click away when you seek information public companies and state organizations. Basic financial information, locations, comparison rankings, background, and historical information are fairly easy to find.
Nov. 20, 2013 – If you are a regular webcast, OnDemand, or telephone seminar attendee, you are already familiar with myMedia on WisBar, your personal library of all of your State Bar electronic purchases. Here you also will find your Books UnBound and Forms Library subscriptions. You can easily track all of your electronic State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE® purchases in the myMedia section of myStateBar.
Nov. 6, 2013 – In this video, risk management expert Todd C. Scott highlights the latest trends in malpractice and shares advice on the habits and systems firms should use to keep client matters on track and avoid malpractice claims.
Oct. 25, 2013 – Did you know a free, comprehensive handbook will soon be available to help Wisconsin solo lawyers plan for death, disability, or incapacitation? It’s one of the many tips lawyers are learning at the 2013 Wisconsin Solo and Small Firm Conference.
In this bizarre online world, even people who have no desire to enter the digital frontier are being forced there, with little understanding of the digital property they own and even less understanding of what may happen to those assets if they die or become incapacitated. Planning is crucial. You can even schedule Facebook, LinkedIn, and tweets to post after you die. Think about it.
Sept. 18, 2013 – To stay competitive in this post-recession world, solo and small firms would be wise to explore new law firm models, says one law firm consultant. Meanwhile, a managing partner at Quarles & Brady discusses change at larger firms.
Sept. 4, 2013 – Use social media to build your practice – learn the habits and systems that help avoid malpractice claims – explore limited-scope representation – blueprint your success. These are just a few of the ideas and techniques covered in six plenary sessions at in the eighth annual State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE® Wisconsin Solo & Small Firm Conference from Oct. 24 to 26 in Wisconsin Dells.
Sept. 4, 2013 – Receive breaking legal news and in-depth analyses of legal trends and developments in the practice of law directly to your desktop, iPhone, Android, iPad, or other electronic device. The State Bar of Wisconsin offers six RSS feeds. Choose the WisBar page or pages that interest you most.
Sept. 4, 2013 – In the age of social media and viral videos, evidence of employee conduct (or misconduct) can quickly become widespread, and use of social media may cause an employer to take disciplinary action. In this video, Madison attorney Wade Harrison discusses why employers should pay close attention to this evolving area of the law.
Wisconsin privacy law and intellectual property law protect against the use of an individual’s name for trade or advertising purposes. However, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals in Habush v. Cannon found that such protections did not prevent a law firm from using two competing attorneys’ names to generate advertising on Internet search engines.
June 5, 2013 – The recently released beta version of the Wisconsin Statutes eBook is a useful source for Wisconsin statutes research, especially when you cannot access a print copy or do not have an Internet or a Wi-Fi connection available.
June 5, 2013 – Lawyers face unique document production challenges, from the filing requirement of courts and other governmental agencies to the need to maintain confidentiality of client information and prevent unauthorized changes to documents. In this video, Nerino Petro, State Bar practice management advisor, talks about the basic PDF features all lawyers should have in their offices.
May 15, 2013 – This article outlines the process when searching for briefs that are filed electronically, and those that are not filed electronically, with the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.
May 1, 2013 – Fastcase has enhanced its Authority Check feature to flag cases that courts have reversed or overruled. The Bluebook requires that courts indicate negative history of cases cited within opinions. Bad Law Bot uses algorithms to find negative citation history; it flags those cases and provides links to them. Fastcase is a State Bar member benefit.
March 20, 2013 – The State Bar Practice411™ Breakfast & Business: Eggs, Ethics, and Answers program travels to Wausau on April 17. The program, which focuses on what lawyers need to know about technology in their office today and tomorrow, features State Bar Practice Management Advisor Nerino Petro and Professional Ethics Committee member Dean R. Dietrich.
March 20, 2013 – Speech recognition is now a mature technology. Apple and Microsoft even include speech recognition in their desktop operating systems. In this video, Nerino Petro, State Bar practice management advisor, discusses the benefits of speech recognition technology.
Feb. 6, 2013 – Windows 8 gives a new “look and feel” to the experience of using computers and mobile devices. In this video, Nerino Petro, State Bar practice management advisor, discusses three of the most significant changes in Windows 8.