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Just released! Wisconsin Attorney's Desk Reference is now in it's 5th edition! Perfect as a primer, a refresher, or a starting point, the Desk Reference is designed to be an easy-to-use guide for any attorney who needs a quick answer to a question, or an introduction into an area of law.
Codebooks are now available as eBooks! Download them and enjoy the added searchability and functionality enabled by your device. Buy your print edition by July 31, 2014, and receive the eBook edition for free! More!
As part of the new Business School for Lawyers initiative, we are proud to introduce two seminars that focus on developing a business plan and the business principles to grow your practice. Learn more.
The 3rd Annual Health, Labor, Employment Law Institute is scheduled for August 21-22. Earn up to 12.0 CLE and 2.0 EPR credits while having a mini-getaway in Wisconsin Dells.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Highlights of $300 billion in individual and business tax relief
March 4, 2009 – The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is one of the most massive and far-reaching pieces of legislation in history. Through direct spending on infrastructure in the public and private sectors, and nearly $300 billion in tax relief, ARRA is intended to boost the economy out of recession. In all, the new law makes more than 300 changes to the Internal Revenue Code. Jamey Rappis gives an overview of the Act’s individual and business tax benefits.
Fifty-seven percent of Wisconsin lawyers would vote for a voluntary bar, but members cite more important issues confronting the State Bar, according to survey
March 4, 2009 – Fifty-seven percent of Wisconsin lawyers would likely vote for voluntary bar membership, according to a State Bar November 2008 Member Satisfaction Survey. Achieving voluntary bar membership is listed among the top three issues confronting the State Bar by just one in four lawyers, and only 14 percent consider it to be the most important issue. Providing products and services for all lawyers, being a voice for the legal profession, and supplying CLE programs were named as the three most
Hiding assets in divorce backfires in recent court of appeals cases
March 4, 2009 – Many divorcing spouses try to hide assets, and some get away with it. Two recent Wisconsin Court of Appeals cases reveal foolish schemes, how they backfired, and what they cost the "tips for discovering those hidden assets.
Getting paid for your services, or five ways to avoid starving your family
March 4, 2009 – State Bar Practice Management Advisor Nerino Petro suggests lawyers need to approach the issue of getting paid for legal services the same as any other business.
Proposed ethics rule for prosecutors gets nod from State Bar Board of Governors
Breakfast & Business: Eggs, Ethics and Answers seminar comes to Racine, Platteville, and Pembine
2009 Annual Convention CLE programming has something for everyone
2009 State Bar candidates for Board of Governors
Nowakowski and Wolfgram receive judicial awards in May
Sharpen online legal research skills at webcast seminars for paralegals
Pro Bono Initiative designates grants for pro bono projects, funds still available
Public Interest Law Section offers free on-demand CLE program on medical debt to pro bono volunteers
Legislation would restore civil rights of state workers
Legislation restoring a consumer safeguard for Wisconsin homebuyers is approved by State Senate
State Bar of Wisconsin responds to Governor Doyle’s budget
Statement of State Bar of Wisconsin President Diane S. Diel regarding the potential taxation of legal services
Recent jury verdicts, bench decisions, settlements, and arbitration awards
helpers: Tools for creating legal citations
Mortgage modifiers: Beware of upfront fees
50-plus civil, family, guardianship, and probate mandatory court forms released – effective Jan. 8
Right to public trial can be restricted if Sixth Amendment values preserved
Judge Crabb rules in
– judges can join political parties
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