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Clarifies Arbitration Procedures
The Wisconsin Supreme Court's opinion in
Borst v. Allstate Insurance Co.
has clarified several ill-defined aspects of the arbitration process, including the role of party-appointed arbitrators, the right of parties to seek equitable relief due to arbitrator partiality, and the taking of discovery.
Sounding the Death Knell of Forced Consumer Arbitration
The Wisconsin Supreme Court's recent decision in
Wisconsin Auto Title Loans Inc. v. Jones
may have sounded the death knell of forced arbitration of consumer debt disputes in Wisconsin.
Electronic Discovery and the Amended Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
On Dec. 1, 2006, amendments to the federal rules took effect, making electronic information explicitly subject to discovery and providing mechanisms to address difficulties posed by electronic discovery. Can amendments to state rules be far behind?
FY06 State Bar Annual Report: It Takes Many Hands
It takes a lot of hands to work the mission of the State Bar of Wisconsin.
FY06 State Bar Annual Report: Financial Results
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A Calm Hand
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.
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.
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.
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.
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