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Mar 21, 2012
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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.
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.
Nursing home law: Pre-dispute arbitration agreements don't violate public policy
March 21, 2012 – A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision forecloses the argument that pre-dispute arbitration agreements in nursing home admission contracts are void as against public policy. In this article, lawyers discuss the risks and benefits of arbitration agreements in the nursing home context.
Act alters rules for removal of civil cases to federal court
March 21, 2012 – Defendants now may be able to remove more cases from state to federal court, and at later times during the course of a case. Those cases will be streamlined by not including state law claims that do not qualify under the supplementary jurisdiction statute. In cases involving foreign persons, or corporations or insurers with significant foreign operations, close examination will be needed to determine if federal jurisdiction exists.
Wisconsin Supreme Court passes on political speech case, federal court may decide
March 21, 2012 – In a 3-3 split, the Wisconsin Supreme Court effectively dismissed a case to decide the constitutionality of state regulations on political speech as they relate to campaign finance laws. Cases pending in federal court, awaiting a state court decision, may now proceed.
DNR deputy secretary gives insight on land use legislation and other hot topics
March 21, 2012 – In this video, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Deputy Secretary Matt Moroney briefly explains legislative changes and other updates to shoreland zoning, wetland reforms, and pier regulation. In addition, Moroney discusses the "hot topic" issues the department will tackle in the foreseeable future.
State Bar honors 50-year members at spring event
Breakfast & Business series tackles technology and limited-scope representation
PINNACLE releases a new collection of the statutes municipal lawyers deal with the most
Reimbursements to victims of lawyer theft bring fiscal year total to nearly half a million dollars
Committee involvement is professionally and personally rewarding, deadline to volunteer is March 31
State Bar's referral service connects lawyers with clients, join today and get three months free
Featured speakers at June PINNACLE institutes focus on technological threats, the client's business environment, and keeping democracy alive
Assembly gives final passage to bill improving prosecutor compensation
Update: Wisconsin wind siting rules in effect
Recent jury verdicts, bench decisions, settlements, and arbitration awards
Wisconsin Supreme Court backs double damages in forest fire negligence case
Damages include written-off medical expenses in underinsured motorist case
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Chief Justice Abrahamson encourages lawyers to get involved in their communities during National Volunteer Week (April 15-21) and Law Day (May 1)
Xavier High School wins first place in Wisconsin High School Mock Trial state competition
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