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    Wisconsin Lawyer
    Vol. 77, No. 3, March 2004

    Lawyer Discipline


    The Office of Lawyer Regulation (formerly known as the Board of Attorneys Professional Responsibility), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and component of the lawyer regulation system, assists the court in carrying out its constitutional responsibility to supervise the practice of law and protect the public from misconduct by persons practicing law in Wisconsin. The Office of Lawyer Regulation has offices located at Suite 315, 110 E. Main St., Madison, WI 53703, and Suite 300, 342 N. Water St., Milwaukee, WI 53202. Toll-free telephone: (877) 315-6941.

    Hearing to Reinstate Scott E. Selmer

    On May 4, 2004, at 9 a.m., a public hearing will be held before Referee Russell L. Hanson at the St. Croix County Courthouse, 1101 Carmichael Road, Room 1216, Hudson, on the petition of Scott E. Selmer, Minneapolis, Minn., to reinstate his Wisconsin law license. Any interested person may appear at the hearing and be heard in support of, or in opposition to, the petition for reinstatement.

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court suspended Selmer's law license for 12 months, effective June 23, 1999, based on discipline reciprocal to that imposed on him by the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1997, pursuant to SCR 22.25. Selmer's misconduct consisted of knowingly advancing claims, defenses, or factual positions that were frivolous; knowingly offering false and misleading evidence in discovery requests; failing to make a reasonably diligent effort to comply with a legally proper discovery request by an opposing party; and knowingly making a false statement of fact to a third person. A more detailed account of Selmer's misconduct is recited in Disciplinary Proceedings Against Selmer, 227 Wis. 2d 85, 595 N.W.2d 373 (1999).

    As to reinstatement, Selmer is required to demonstrate by clear, satisfactory, and convincing evidence that, among other things, he has not practiced law or engaged in certain law-work activity during his suspension; his conduct since the suspension has been exemplary and above reproach; he has a proper understanding of and attitude towards the standards that are imposed upon members of the bar and will act in conformity with the standards; he can safely be recommended to the legal profession, the courts, and the public as a person fit to be consulted by others, and to represent them and otherwise act in matters of trust and confidence; he has the moral character to practice law in Wisconsin; and he has fully complied with the suspension order and applicable court rules.

    Further information may be obtained from OLR Investigator Melody Rader-Johnson or Assistant Litigation Counsel Julie M. Falk, 110 E. Main St., Suite 315, Madison, WI 53703, (877) 315-6941 (toll-free).

    Hearing to Reinstate John C. Widule

    On April 26, 2004, at 9 a.m., a public hearing will be held before Referee Eugene A. Gasiorkiewicz at the Waukesha County Courthouse, County Board Room, Room 350, 515 W. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, on the petition of John C. Widule, Elm Grove, to reinstate his Wisconsin law license. Any interested person may appear at the hearing and be heard in support of, or in opposition to, the petition for reinstatement.

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court suspended Widule's law license for six months, effective June 12, 2003, for professional misconduct consisting of knowingly advancing a factual position without a basis for doing so that was not frivolous and simultaneously representing two clients with conflicting interests. A more detailed account of Widule's misconduct is recited in Disciplinary Proceedings Against Widule, 2003 WI 34, 261 Wis. 2d 45, 660 N.W.2d 686.

    As to reinstatement, Widule is required to demonstrate by clear, satisfactory, and convincing evidence that, among other things, he has not practiced law or engaged in certain law-work activity during his suspension; his conduct since the suspension has been exemplary and above reproach; he has a proper understanding of and attitude towards the standards that are imposed upon members of the bar and will act in conformity with the standards; he can safely be recommended to the legal profession, the courts and the public as a person fit to be consulted by others, and to represent them and otherwise act in matters of trust and confidence; he has fully described all of his business activities; he has the moral character to practice law in Wisconsin; and he has fully complied with the terms of the suspension order and with the requirements of SCR 22.26. Widule has asserted an inability to pay outstanding judgments against him, including the OLR's judgment for the costs of the disciplinary proceeding and a judgment related to the underlying conduct for which he was disciplined.

    Further information can be obtained from OLR Investigator Katheryn Sievers, 110 E. Main St., Suite 315, Madison, WI 53703, (877) 315-6941 (toll-free), or from OLR Retained Counsel Robert G. Krohn, 24 N. Henry St., Edgerton, WI 53534, (608) 884-3391.




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