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  • President's Message
  • Open up the Supreme Court
  • It's time for the Wisconsin Supreme Court to hold all its conferences in public - even those in contested appeals.
  • Need Help Advising a Client with a Consumer Problem?
  • Plan to attend Representing Clients with Common Consumer Problems in January or February. This full-day State Bar CLE presentation will provide you with detailed information about the myriad laws and regulations pertaining to consumer protection. An experienced panel of attorneys representing the private and public sector will educate attendees about the nature of consumer practice and the resources available to assist clients who have consumer complaints.
  • Ethics
  • Advising on Lawful Investigations
  • A new rule of professional conduct, unique to Wisconsin, guides lawyers in providing legal advice to persons participating in lawful investigations.
  • Chief Justice
  • Courts must deal with 'profound cultural shift'
  • Addressing the state's judges gathered in Appleton for a two-day Wisconsin Judicial Conference in November, Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson delivered her annual State of the Judiciary Address, telling of a "profound cultural shift" that will require the courts to work in new ways.
  • State Bar members receive discounts to ABA Chicago technology conference
  • The State Bar of Wisconsin is a cosponsor at the annual ABA TECHSHOW, March 22 - 24, in Chicago, earning State Bar members a discount. The conference will offer more than 50 education and training sessions in 16 different tracks. Sessions are designed to help people at various skill levels learn to make the most effective use of information technology in their legal setting.
  • Managing Risk
  • Breaking Up is Hard to Do
  • Before your law firm breaks up, protect your clients' interests and protect yourself from potential malpractice claims by establishing some practical procedures.
  • Changes proposed to Trust Account Rule
  • On May 22, 2006, the State Bar and the Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR) filed a joint petition asking the supreme court to modify portions of the trust account rule, SCR 20:1.15, and several related rules. The court has scheduled a public hearing for Jan. 17, at 9:30 a.m. in the supreme court hearing room.
  • ABA report examines best practices for legal employers of lawyers with disabilities
  • A new American Bar Association report focuses on the benefits of diversity in the workplace, why it pays to hire lawyers with disabilities, and what the law requires of legal employers. The report discusses how disabilities affect lawyers in all sectors of the legal profession, identifies the most prominent disability categories, and outlines the most pressing needs of lawyers with disabilities.
  • WCCA Web site adds summaries to help viewers interpret case information
  • The Wisconsin Circuit Court Access (WCCA) Web site, providing access to circuit court records, recently made changes to help viewers interpret case information. Executive summaries now appear when accessing a criminal, traffic, forfeiture, or a civil case filed with a restraining order.