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The 2017 Health, Labor, and Employment Law Institute focuses on “Evolving Issues. Informed Perspectives.” Find out what recent changes mean for you and your clients. Learn more and register here.
Easily find the statutes comprising Wisconsin’s criminal law with the Wisconsin Criminal Code and Selected Traffic Statutes book – updated for 2017 and available now!
The 2017 Wisconsin Family Code and Related Statutes and Rules book reprints Wisconsin’s Family Code, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, and more than 50 related statutes. Available now!
Starting a business in the Badger State? LLCs and LLPs: A Wisconsin Handbook is the definitive resource on these business entities. Plus, it's newly revised for 2017. Order yours today!
Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption (formerly titled Voluntary Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption) now includes information on both involuntary and voluntary termination of parental rights. It has all the tools to help you ease your clients through this emotional process.
Repair or Replace? The Economic-Waste Doctrine in Construction Defect Cases
Damages in construction defect cases are generally measured by the cost to repair the defect. But in cases posing economic waste – in which a repair requires significant reconstruction or, despite a high cost, would not improve the property’s value – the measure is the decrease in property value caused by the defect. The inherent vagueness of the economic-waste doctrine often complicates determining which measure should be used in a given case.
Changing the Rules on Rulemaking
2011 Wisconsin Act 21 significantly changes how administrative rules are promulgated. Among other things, it narrows state agencies’ rule-making authority, gives the governor new powers to approve or prevent the adoption of rules, expands the economic-impact-analysis requirement to all agencies, and expands venue in declaratory judgment actions to all counties.
'Catch 22' Ethical Dilemma for Defense Counsel in TPR Litigation
Losing one's parental rights is a serious matter, which is why representation by counsel and appearance and participation by parents is required in termination of parental rights litigation. But defense counsel face an ethical dilemma when a court denies a motion to withdraw because a parent’s conduct makes it impossible for counsel to provide adequate representation. To continue representation violates professional conduct rules. To not continue representation violates statutory law. It's a "Catch 22."
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Mining in Wisconsin
Current mining proposals present opportunities for lawyers in a variety of practice areas. To help members gain the knowledge they need to maximize these opportunities, the State Bar is presenting a mining law symposium on Aug. 25
ADAs Barred from Working on Private Firm Criminal Cases
The State Bar Professional Ethics Committee issued formal Opinion EF-11-02, discussing conflicts in criminal practice arising from working as a part-time assistant district attorney while also working as a private practitioner.
Representing Clients Outside of Wisconsin
A Wisconsin-licensed attorney may provide legal services on an occasional basis in a state in which the lawyer is not licensed and not thereby violate the rules prohibiting the unauthorized practice of law.
Women Lawyers Walking the Tightrope
In part two of this two-part article on women lawyers balancing work and life, the author discusses the advantages to law firms of embracing the move to greater diversity of employees and clients.
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