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    Attention State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE books purchasers: Due to a change in our inventory system, between 8/19 at 3 p.m. and 8/31, the State Bar will be unable to ship printed books and supplements or fulfill walk-in orders. You may still place orders during this time, which will ship on 9/1. Other product orders will ship normally. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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    • Tracking Evidence with GPS Technology
    • Recent cases nationwide and in Wisconsin recognize the power of Global Positioning Systems. With the increased accuracy of GPS technology, more lawyers are using -- and courts are admitting -- GPS evidence. Learn how GPS can affect your case.
    • Chris Ochoa, 1L
    • First-year U.W. Law School student Chris Ochoa brings a perspective to his studies and life that few students and faculty share -- in 2001 he became the first prisoner exonerated by the Wisconsin Innocence Project team. With almost a year of law school under his belt, Ochoa works to reconcile the legal theory he's learning with his personal experiences within the justice system.
    • Hearsay and the Confrontation Clause
    • The practice of courts admitting hearsay evidence under a reliability test has been abruptly stopped by the U.S. Supreme Court. In Crawford v. Washington, the Court held that, regardless of reliability, the historic roots of the Sixth Amendment require that defendants be given an opportunity to cross examine out-of-court statements that are "testimonial" in nature.

Opinions, Voices & Ideas

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  • Inside the Bar
  • Participating in your local, specialty, or state bar association enhances your leadership skills, allows you to collaborate with colleagues on important projects, and serves the public. The Local Bar Leaders Conference brings out the best in participants.
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  • President's Perspective
  • With increased public focus on the American jury system, it is important to eschew evaluation by anecdote, and to remember the fundamental principles on which this basic right is founded.
  • CLE Seminars Presents
  • Winning Your Case with Killer Cross-examination Techniques, with Pozner and Dodd
  • Want to improve your cross-examination skills? In this June 23 State Bar CLE seminar, attorneys Roger Dodd and Larry Pozner - two of America's most popular CLE lecturers - present courtroom-tested techniques and strategies that transcend the type of litigation at issue. Whether your case is civil, criminal, divorce, or commercial law, these techniques work.
  • Ethics
  • Defining MDP and MJP
  • As the future of the practice of law unfolds, the State Bar considers the issues surrounding multidisciplinary and multijurisdictional practice.
  • Practice Tips
  • Cross-examination Without Discovery: Part I
  • There are many situations in which attorneys must cross examine a witness without the benefit of discovery. For those situations, improve the quality of your cross-examination by preparing for a generic type of witness, rather than a particular witness. Nationally recognized experts Larry Pozner and Roger Dodd explain how.
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  • Technology
  • Weblogs - or blogs - are Web pages that contain current, related subject matter that may improve your research results and save you hours of online time.
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  • Recent GPS Cases
  • Recent cases nationwide and in Wisconsin recognize the power of Global Positioning Systems. With the increased accuracy of GPS technology, more lawyers are using -- and courts are admitting -- GPS evidence. Learn how GPS can affect your case.
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  • Legislative Watch
  • Here's a brief look at some recent legislation supported by the State Bar or its sections.