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    • Punitive Damages Against a Drunk Driver
    • In a recent case, the Wisconsin Supreme Court determined that punitive damages may be available against drunk drivers who cause injury while engaged in aggravated conduct that disregards the rights of the plaintiff. In a recent case, the Wisconsin Supreme Court determined that punitive damages may be available against drunk drivers who cause injury while engaged in aggravated conduct that disregards the rights of the plaintiff. Sound straightforward? Guess again.
    • Resolving Commercial Disputes in a Global Economy
    • As Wisconsin's presence in the global economy grows, lawyers representing clients in international commerce, and lawyers involved in resolving international commercial disputes, must be prepared to operate under a body of law that differs from the more familiar Uniform Commercial Code.
    • Enforceable Exculpatory Agreements: Do They Still Exist?
    • The Wisconsin Supreme Court in Atkins v. Swimwest invalidated yet another waiver-of-liability agreement. Atkins unfortunately does not clarify this area of the law, and while it may still be possible to create enforceable exculpatory agreements, there remain numerous traps for nonvigilant drafters.

Opinions, Voices & Ideas

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  • Inside the Bar
  • The projects funded through the State Bar's Local Bar Grant Competition give lawyers more opportunities to serve their neighbors and to educate the public about the value lawyers bring to their communities.
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  • President's Message
  • In the coming year, the State Bar will face diverse issues that members feel strongly about. The Bar's challenge in shaping a unified statement on the issues is to encourage 21,000-plus members to let their Board of Governors' representatives know their opinions.
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  • Supreme court rules recording juvenile criminal interrogations can prevent false confessions
  • On July 7, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ordered all custodial interrogations of juveniles in future cases be electronically recorded when feasible, and without exception when questioning occurs at a place of detention. The decision would make any unrecorded interrogations and any written confessions of a juvenile that are not accompanied by recorded interrogations inadmissible as evidence in court.
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  • Supreme court adopts new standards for interstate guardianships
  • In an opinion issued on July 7, Grant County Department of Social Services v. Unified Board, the Wisconsin Supreme Court adopted a series of standards for Wisconsin courts to follow when considering transfer of interstate guardianships to avoid conflicting with current state residency laws.
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  • Career
  • Since communication is a central leadership function, the gender differences in communication style have important implications for the future of women's - and men's - leadership in the legal profession. Enhance your career by applying these insights.