Oct. 2, 2013 – Madison attorney Jeff Scott Olson took up the banjo in law school; he knew he needed to do something to relieve the pressure. That was nearly 40 years ago and he’s still strumming along.
Olson says lawyers can make a good living and can be of great service to fellowman. He cautions, “The legal institutions within which we work are so flawed and so disappointing on a constant basis that it’s hard to be a happy person on a day-to-day basis if the only thing you have in your life is participation in the legal system.
“If you are going to spend your life immersed in the legal system, you need some areas in your life where pure goodness can shine through,” he says. “Music, art, travel, family … whatever it might be but something where unadulterated goodness can rise to the surface and you can appreciate it and smile.”
Olson, The Jeff Scott Olson Law Firm S.C., is a plaintiff civil rights lawyer. He brings damages actions on behalf of individuals and small companies against big businesses, government, and insurance companies.
He presented “Broad Name, Narrow Rule: Common-law Wrongful Discharge in Wisconsin,” at the August 2013 State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE® Health, Labor, and Employment Law Institute. The session addressed Wisconsin’s common-law doctrine of wrongful discharge, who is protected, what remedies victims of wrongful termination may be awarded, and where this area of the law seems to be going.
Olson’s presentation and other select programs from the August institute will be offered as Webcast seminars later this year. Tuition for institute webcast programs is included in the cost of the Gold and Silver Ultimate Pass, and the first two webcast offerings are complimentary for institute attendees.