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    • Recognize & Avoid
      The Threat of Violence
    • Violence and aggression against the legal profession can take many different forms, including physical attacks, assaults, threats, vandalism, and sabotage. Based on survey results, the author provides a glimpse into work-related threats and violence against legal professionals and provides practical tips to actively prevent and thwart potentially violent situations.
    • Nationwide Trend
      Rethinking the Money Bail System
    • In many U.S. jurisdictions, only one factor determines whether a charged individual stays in jail before trial. That factor is not guilt or innocence, the nature of the crime, nor the defendant’s character. The factor is how much money the defendant has or can borrow. This article looks at trends in money bail systems nationwide, with a focus on Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.
    • Milwaukee Moves Away From Money Bail System
    • The author discusses evidence-based pretrial release systems, including the one adopted in Milwaukee County, that rather than set bail based on the seriousness of the charge, focuses on the specific risk a defendant presents to not return to court.

Opinions, Voices & Ideas

  • President's Message
  • There Is No Finer Profession
  • Fran Deisinger thanks members for the privilege of leading the organization through challenging times.
  • Your State Bar
  • Gone Fishin' – Really!
  • George Brown bids adieu to the State Bar of Wisconsin but not to its achievements and core values.
  • 10 Questions
  • George Brown: On Leading … and Retirement
  • After 30 years in various State Bar roles, 17 as executive director, George Brown reflects on his career, the challenges and accomplishments, and the role the State Bar must play as new generations of lawyers enter the profession.
  • Managing Risk
  • Collections Work: Not for Dabblers
  • Tom Watson says use great care with collections cases, or you’ll risk collecting a malpractice claim from a debtor whose rights you’ve violated.
  • Final Thought
  • The Beauty of ‘Mediocrity’
  • Not all law practices are glamorous, but Deanne Koll says all hold the potential to be satisfying and meet clients’ and lawyers’ needs.