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    Vol. 78, No. 11, November 2005

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    Lawyers and public members needed to serve on district committees

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court's Appointment Selection Committee seeks applicants for lawyer and public appointments to district committees. These 16 committees, each composed of one-third non-lawyers, assist in the investigation of certain cases involving complaints against attorneys. The committees ensure local input into the grievance process and provide both complainants and respondents with a convenient, economical means of peer review.

    Lawyer applicants are sought for State Bar Districts 1, 4, 5, 8, 11, and 12. Public applicants are sought in districts 2, 4, 10, and 15. Appointments are for three-year terms. Terms begin Jan. 1, 2006.

    Lawyers must have at least five years of practice experience and no record of public discipline. Public members from all walks of life are eligible to apply.

    Send a letter of interest and/or resume to: Appointment Selection Committee, c/o Cornelia Clark, Clerk of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, P.O. Box 1688, Madison, WI 53701-1688, fax to Clark's attention at (608) 267-0980, or email gov cornelia.clark wicourts wicourts cornelia.clark gov.

    OLR Web site expands - offers guidance on trust account issues

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR) recently added information to its Web site relating to trust accounts, including a manual regarding recordkeeping requirements and samples of required records. The site now offers tips relating to trust account issues that arise in bankruptcy, real estate, personal injury and criminal law, provides guidance on the proper handling of advanced fees, and identifies upcoming OLR seminars on trust account management. It also offers a newly formatted online version of the trust account rule. Visit the site at www.wicourts.gov/olr.

    Free resource helps attorneys screen for domestic violence

    The ABA Commission on Domestic Violence recently released "A Tool for Attorneys to Screen for Domestic Violence," a four-page brochure to help attorneys who provide individual representation identify clients who are victims of domestic violence. Clients may not always disclose they are in violent relationships, which can have an impact on the legal service attorneys provide.

    The free publication contains suggested questions to integrate into interview questions, as well as guidance on how an attorney can provide support and resources to clients who are victims of domestic violence.

    According to a U.S. Department of Justice study, an estimated 1.5 million women are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually. One in every four women in the United States will be the victim of domestic violence in her lifetime.

    For more information or to download a free copy, visit www.abanet.org/domviol.




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