The Wisconsin Supreme Court has clarified that when a defendant asserts competency to pursue postconviction relief but defense counsel disagrees, the state must prove the defendant is competent by a preponderance of the evidence.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled that Ho-Chunk Nation can offer electronic poker at its Madison gaming facility, reversing a prior decision that said electronic poker is illegal under Ho-Chunk’s agreement with the state.
Nineteen new Wisconsin lawyers were admitted to the State Bar of Wisconsin – each earning their law degree outside Wisconsin and having passed the Wisconsin bar exam.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has added five cases to its docket, including one OWI-related case to determine whether police can make a traffic stop based on a reasonable suspicion that an auto occupant committed a non-traffic offense.
The due process rights of two defendants accused of driving with drugs in their systems were not violated even though blood samples were destroyed before they could independently test them, the Wisconsin Supreme Court recently ruled.
Less than four months into his first term, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel today told the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors about his transition to office and his vision of service as the state’s chief attorney.
April 24, 2015 – Francis W. Deisinger of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., Milwaukee, is the next president-elect of the State Bar of Wisconsin.
The State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors supports a petition that would allow Wisconsin attorneys to obtain continuing legal education (CLE) credit for doing pro bono work to foster practical learning and increase pro bono service.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that an expert witness could testify about a driver’s blood alcohol level based on lab tests performed by an analyst who was unavailable to testify, despite the defendant’s right to confront witnesses.
A judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin won’t block the justices of the Wisconsin Supreme Court from selecting a new chief justice under a voter-approved constitutional amendment that recently passed.
An Illinois man who broke his collarbone while boarding a chairlift at Devil’s Head Ski Resort in Merrimac, Wisconsin, can’t sue the ski resort in Illinois federal district court because the court lacks personal jurisdiction over the ski resort.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled that U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) does not have standing to challenge a rule implementing a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee has rejected a proposal to eliminate the Wisconsin Judicial Council and change how the Wisconsin Judicial Commission is funded. The committee also voted on the governor's court budget proposal.
A company that sold travel club memberships to Wisconsin consumers must pay more than $4.6 million in restitution and fines for misrepresentations and a failure to disclose certain information on solicitations, a state appeals court has ruled.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has affirmed a decision to deny disability benefits to a Wisconsin woman who said she could not work because of severe neck and head pain, noting her travel and daily running routine.
A day after Wisconsin voters adopted a constitutional amendment to change how the chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court is selected, current Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson and voters filed a lawsuit that would delay the constitutional amendment from taking effect until her term expires or the seat becomes vacant.
In a case of first impression, the Wisconsin Supreme Court may decide whether circuit court judges can order the civil commitment of prison inmates for involuntary medication treatment without first finding the inmate is dangerous.
April 7, 2015 – Maternity leave policies and technology allow more women to succeed as both lawyers and mothers, but challenges remain. In the April Wisconsin Lawyer, available online and in mailboxes soon, several Wisconsin lawyer-moms discuss how they get it done.
Wisconsin regulations require employers to pay employees for meal breaks lasting less than 30 minutes. One company wasn’t paying for 20-minute meal breaks, but workers won’t get back pay, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled.
April 3, 2015 – The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a man accused of sexually assaulting his minor stepdaughter repeatedly over a five-year period, despite lower court rulings that said the defendant deserved a new trial.