Vol. 76, No. 9, September
Letters to the editor: The Wisconsin Lawyer
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Nonresident lawyers deserve respect from Wisconsin judges
How do we, as nonresident lawyers, get Wisconsin judges to stop
discriminating against us?
I recently sent a letter to a judge in Milwaukee on behalf of a
person I was trying to help. On my letterhead, I state that I am
licensed to practice law in Wisconsin. When I signed my letter, I
included my Wisconsin Bar number. From the bench, the judge told the
lady I was trying to help: "She's not authorized to practice law in the
state of Wisconsin, to my knowledge, but I did receive what she sent to
the court." This is not the first time this has happened.
What the heck? I have been a member of the Wisconsin Bar since 1985.
I pay my $300-plus annual dues to the Wisconsin Bar and take required
CLE classes like every other Wisconsin lawyer. The fact that I use a New
Jersey address should not relegate me to second-class status as a lawyer
when practicing law in Wisconsin.
I would appreciate a little more respect from our judges for
Anne T. Sulton
West Windsor, N.J.
Eberlein law firm, active since 1896
Several years ago the Wisconsin Lawyer ran an article about
Wisconsin law firms that were active for more than 100 years. Omitted
from the article was my law firm, Eberlein & Menard, still active
after 107 years. [Editor's Note: Please see Following
in the Family Footsteps, 71 Wis. Law. 14 (Aug. 1998)].
For more about a founding member, see the Wisconsin Supreme Court
memorial of the Hon. M.G. Eberlein Sr., 2 Wis. 2d 2, and Lexis.
Frederic C. Eberlein