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Jun 16, 2010
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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.
Avoiding ethical pitfalls with electronic documents: Part 1 – Metadata
June 16, 2010 — Hidden information within an electronic document, known as metadata, can expose lawyers to liability when it comes to confidentiality issues. Knowing what metadata is, and how to reduce liability concerning it is essential in today's practice. The following article addresses those concerns.
States consider Uniform Bar Exam to boost cross-border employment opportunities
June 16, 2010 — In April, Missouri became the first state to adopt a Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). Other states are considering it as a way to ease the burden on recent graduates and new lawyers. A UBE tests rules of general application, as opposed to specificstate law. Whether or not a UBE will hit Wisconsin is unknown.
Janesville attorney still works while cycling across country
June 16, 2010 — A few years ago, Wisconsin attorney Jim Carney set a goal to ride his bicycle across the country. Now, at age 51, he's doing it. With family in tow, Carney is using technology to stay connected to his practice while traveling 4,262 milesin 70 days.
Never enough: Compulsive lawyer-gambler now helps others face problem
June 16, 2010 — State Bar WisLAP Coordinator Linda Albert talks with Michael Burke about his journey from alcoholism to gambling, and how the addiction took him from a successful law practice to the gates of prison.
CLE Books updates resource for nonprofits
Safeguard and separate client funds into trust and operating accounts with credit card processing
Board of Governors may consider joining amicus brief in 'Red Flags Rule' case
State Bar promotes innovative web-based civics education program created by Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
State Bar honors members who pass 50-year milestone in legal profession
Recent jury verdicts, bench decisions, settlements, and arbitration awards
Fastcase tip: Find the case most frequently cited for your issue
New and revised mandatory court forms: Civil, criminal, juvenile, and general
How to take a vacation from your practice (Practice411 Advice Alert)
Federal appeals court says Wisconsin judges can announce political party membership
Housing Authority cannot deny applicant without adequate explanation, appeals court holds
Termination over unearned wages not protected from employee at-will doctrine, appeals court holds
Inadequacy of legal damages not a prerequisite to specific performance, supreme court holds
State cannot retroactively apply lowered PAC threshold in OWI case, appeals court holds
Supreme Court unanimously approves UPL rule but without enforcement mechanism
Attorney fees stand despite lack of additional information, appeals court holds
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Justice Prosser encourages 2010 U.W. Law School graduates to be visionary optimists
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