To celebrate its 75th
anniversary, throughout 2003 the Wisconsin Lawyer will include
"From the Archives," a monthly column devoted to lively snippets from
past issues. Material is quoted directly and attributed when the
contributor is known. More in-depth coverage of the magazine's
publishing history will appear in September, as part of the State Bar's
125th anniversary celebration this year.
Encouraging more women in the legal profession
Nov. 1941, at 231: "Doris Lehner, assistant city attorney of Madison,
gave a talk before the Madison College Girls Club on Oct. 14, on the
subject 'The Legal Profession for Women.'"
Bar resolutions support members of U.S. armed services
May 1941, Convention Supplement, Reports, at 11: The Board of
Governors authorized the appointment of a committee to study a plan to
allow Bar members to vote by mail to elect officers and to draft an
amendment to the constitution to put that plan into effect. The Bar also
entertained a resolution to amend the constitution, exempting members
from paying dues while in the U.S. military or naval service.
Holding 'debt' court on Saturday mornings
Feb. 1942, at 27: "Judge Francis J. Jennings of the Milwaukee Civil
Court will devote Saturday mornings to informal hearings on debt
matters. ... He pointed out that with increased employment, garnishment
actions had risen to about 200 a month in Milwaukee County, and
suggested that before starting a garnishment action the lawyer should
invite the debtor to appear before the judge in an informal hearing ...
in which ... the validity of the debt may be determined and provision
made for payment. He believed this would save many garnishment actions
and would also save each debtor court costs."
Protecting the practice and clientele of attorneys in service
May 1942, at 140: The Dane County Bar Association resolved to protect
the practice and clientele of attorneys in service. The Committee on
Legal Aid, Legislation and Economic Affairs sent to all the lawyers in
the county a placard that reads: "It is the policy of the Dane County
Bar Association that so far as possible the practice and clientele of
the members of the bar in the armed forces be preserved for them upon
their return. It is hoped that any client whose attorney is in service
will resume his former relationship with such attorney after the
U.W. Law School depleted
Feb. 1943, at 50: "More than three-fourths of the students at the
U.W. Law School have left for the armed forces or essential war
industry. The enrollment is now 90 compared with some 400 before the war
began. Education in law is not recognized by Selective Service as
He ain't no Dan'l, but he'll do
Nov. 1944, at 213: "S.J. Auringer, Grantsburg, has the distinction of
being the first person in Wisconsin to kill a bear with a bow and arrow.
The bear weighed 150 pounds, and was killed within 12 miles of
State Historical Library has large collection of enemy-owned
May 1943, at 79: "Certified copies of approximately 25,000
enemy-owned U.S. patents are on file in the document division of the
Wisconsin Historical Society. These patents ... are available under
simple licensing agreements to any American manufacturer who can use
them productively. The catalog was sent to the document division from
the U.S. Alien Property Custodian."
That's a horse of a different color
Nov. 1942, at 197: "Sverre O. Braathan, Madison, was named equestrian
director of the Wallenda tent, local chapter of the Circus Fans
Association of America. ... He has one of the nation's largest private
collections of circus materials, letters, photographs, route books,
All for the war effort
May 1943, at 82: "Russell J. Greb of Waukesha is now dividing his
time between his law practice and his work in a war plant. He works at
the Waukesha Motor Company from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., and is in his law
office from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for five days a week, and all day
Cameras! Lights! Action!
Aug. 1944, at 173: "Lt. Leonard M. Bessman, Milwaukee, has been
called by Hollywood as technical adviser for the film 'G.I. Joe,'
adapted from Ernie Pyle's book, Here is Your War."
Milwaukee mayor missing at sea
Aug. 1944, at 180: "A 'Carl Zeidler night' dedicated to the belief
that the former mayor of Milwaukee is still alive, was held at the
Milwaukee Art Institute on June 22, in connection with the United
Seamen's Service art exhibition. Lt. Zeidler was reported missing at sea
on Sept. 26, 1942. There is a possibility that he is a Japanese prisoner
Building toward a nation
Aug. 1944, at 179: "Arthur Shutkin of Milwaukee addressed the Zionist
organization of Green Bay on June 27, on the subject 'Jewish Life in
Central and South America.' He has spent the last six months in Central
America, visiting Mexico, Nicaragua, the Honduras, El Salvador,
Guatemala, Panama and other points as a representative of the Zionist
DAs urge uniform tavern closing time
Feb. 1943, at 34: "The Wisconsin District Attorneys Association ...
went on record as favoring legislation placing a definite closing time
for taverns by establishing a curfew on beer sales. Present laws
prohibit the sale of liquors after 1 a.m., but there is no provision
compelling taverns to close and beer may be sold all night. ... The
association also approved a bill that would allow courts to admit
scientific evidence of tests of the alcoholic content of a person's body
as evidence in drunken driving cases. A similar provision was killed at
the 1941 legislative session."
Federal income tax returns debut
Feb. 1943, at 22: "The Grant County Bar Association ... inserted in
the local newspapers a notice recommending immediate attention to
preparation of income tax returns. ... In 1942 many citizens were
required for the first time to make federal income tax returns, and many
delayed doing so until shortly before March 15 when they found advisers
to whom they went for assistance too busy to serve them. ... This year
many more will be obliged to make returns and the tax will be much
higher, increasing the importance of careful attention to the
preparation of returns, thus increasing the demands which will be made
upon attorneys for assistance in preparing the returns."