State Bar of Wisconsin Hosts Reporters’ Legal Workshop
Over 100 journalists and lawyers attended the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Reporters’ Legal Workshop Friday, Sept. 8. The free event was organized to educate and assist journalists who cover legal issues and the courts and featured presentations and panels byveteran reporters, lawyers and judges.
State Bar Memo to JFC on Key Budget Issues
The State Bar sent a memo to the Joint Finance Committee to reiterate its support for pay progression, an increase in the private bar rate and additional compensation for judges and justices throughout the state.
State Bar of Wisconsin Supports AB 331
The State Bar of Wisconsin strongly supports the passage of AB 331, which expands the expungement of court records for individuals under the age of 25. The State Bar has long sought changes to this statute and applauds Representatives Steffen and Goyke, as well as Senator Darling, along with other legislators’ efforts this session to address this substantial public issue.
Joint Finance Committee Restores Funding for Civil Legal Needs
Members of the Joint Finance Committee voted unanimously to reinstate funding for civil legal needs during the committee’s executive session on May 23. Funding for civil legal needs was dangerously close to being eliminated after Governor Scott Walker hadrequested that the program be sunset for the 2017-19 biennial budget.
State Bar Board Supports Petition for Increased SPD Private Bar Rate
The State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors held their April meeting last Friday. During the meeting at the State Bar Center in Madison, the board voted to support a forthcoming petition to increase to $100 the hourly rate paid to private bar attorneys who take appointments from the State Public Defender's Office.
Memo to JFC on Pay Progression and Private Bar Rate
State Bar of Wisconsin President Fran Deisinger wrote a memo to the Joint Finance Committee asking them to support additional funding proposed in the 2017-2019 budget to provide adequate compensation to attract and retain quality attorneys throughout the justice system.
State Bar of Wisconsin Supports AB 115 and 116
The State Bar of Wisconsin supports AB 115 and AB 116. Access to the courts is vital for all Wisconsin citizens. Everyone is entitled to their day in court in a fair and equitable manner. A well-functioning judicial system contributes to public safety and